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Title: Xitle  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Cuicuilco, Coyoacán, Jardines del Pedregal, Landforms of Mexico City, Ciudad Universitaria
Collection: Landforms of Mexico City, Natural Features of Mexico City, Volcanoes of Mexico
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia


Xitle (Nahuatl, "navel") is a monogenetic volcano in the Ajusco range in Cumbres del Ajusco National Park. It is located in the Tlalpan borough in the southwestern part of Mexico City. It is an ash cone volcano with a conical form, round base, altitude of approximately 300m, and a slope between 30° and 40°.

Xitle erupted during the period AD 245-315, according to the results of radiocarbon dating.[1] Among the consequences of this eruption were the formation of the Pedregal de San Ángel lava fields, to the south of the Mexican Federal District. Cuicuilco, one of the most refined cities of Mesoamerica was destroyed and covered by lava. The subsequent diaspora of the Cuicuilcans, and the attendant diffusion of their culture across most of central Mexico, influenced important cultural changes in the nearby power center of Teotihuacan.

According to some other sources, a series of big volcano eruptions, and the destruction of Cuicuilco took place in the 1st century BC.[2]


  • This article draws heavily on the corresponding article in the Spanish-language WorldHeritage, which was accessed in the version of 11 June 2006.
  1. ^ Siebe C. (2000). "Age and archaeological implications of Xitle volcano, southwestern Basin of Mexico-City" (PDF). Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research 104 (1-4): 45–64.  
  2. ^ Susan Toby Evans, David L. Webster, eds, Archaeology of Ancient Mexico and Central America: An Encyclopedia. Routledge, 2013 ISBN 1136801855 p76

This article also draws on material from a lecture given by Professor Jason Yaeger at the University of Wisconsin Madison.

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