Finding the Earth Monster: Recent Archaeology in the Aztec Capital
April 4 - February 1, 2012
The Proyecto Templo Mayor was founded in 1978, following 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. Bakwin lecturer Leonardo López Luján will review the history of archaeology in Mexico City, and then focus on the new Tlaltecuhtli stone, undertaking an iconographic, and symbolic analysis in order to unveil its functions and meanings.