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The 4th Raymond and Beverly Sackler Distinguished Lecture in Archaeology in honour of Professor Norman Hammond

Dr Leonardo López Luján, (Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, Mexico City, and Director of the Proyecto Templo Mayor) - In Search of Aztec Tenochtitlan: recent archaeological discoveries in Mexico City
When Feb 26, 2018
from 05:30 PM to 06:30 PM
Where Friends of Peterhouse Theatre, Peterhouse
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Contact Phone 01223 746984
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This talk will be followed by a reception in the Lubbock Room, Peterhouse.


The Proyecto Templo Mayor of the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia was created in 1978, as a consequence of the discovery of a monolith depicting Coyolxauhqui, the Aztec moon goddess. Since then, other impressive public monuments have come to light in downtown Mexico City, in the area occupied by the sacred precinct of Tenochtitlan. Archaeologists recently uncovered the largest Aztec sculpture ever found, that of the earth goddess Tlaltecuhtli. After an overview on the history of archaeology in Mexico City, this lecture will focus on the new Tlaltecuhtli stone, undertaking a formal, iconographic, and symbolic analysis in order to unveil its functions and meanings. The exceptionally rich offerings buried under this sculpture will also be described. Finally, the possible presence of a royal tomb at the foot of the Great Temple will be discussed.


The 4th Raymond and Beverly Sackler Distinguished Lecture in Archaeology in honour of Professor Norman Hammond


Leonardo López Luján is a Mexican archaeologist and the current director of the Templo Mayor project of National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH). He holds a bachelor’s degree in Archaeology from Mexico’s National School of Anthropology and History (ENAH) and a doctorate from France’s Université de Paris Ouest. He specializes in the politics, religion, and art of Pre-Columbian urban societies in Central Mexico. In recent years he has also devoted part of his time to research on the history of archaeology. Throughout his academic life, he has held many prestigious offices with the various Mexican Academies and has served as a visiting professor at Université de Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Sapienza-Università di Roma, École pratique des hautes études in Paris, and the Francisco Marroquín University of Guatemala. He has been a guest researcher at such institutions as Princeton, the Musée de l'Homme, Dumbarton Oaks, and the Institut d’études avancées de Paris. Since 1988, he has been a full-time researcher at INAH. In 2013, he was elected correspondent member of the British Academy and honorary member of the Society of Antiquaries of London. Last year he received the Shanghai Forum Archaeology Award as the director of one of the ten best archaeological research programs in the world in 2013-2015.


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