With a total of 137 projects inscribed to virtually recreate 58 cultural sites at 25 states, the registration to the contest “Pon a Mexico en el Mapa” (Put Mexico on the Map) which objective is to promote Mexican museums, archaeological sites and historical monuments worldwide, was completed.


The contest was promoted by the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) and Google Mexico, the most important search engine of the world, as part of an agreement signed to strengthen international promotion and hearten physical visit of cultural sites safeguarded by INAH.

From 246 participants registered (in 49 teams and 88 as individuals), 137 projects to digitally model 58 buildings were inscribed. Works must be delivered by November 30th, 2009.

To present, the website of the contest Pon a Mexico en el Mapa has had 13,773 visitors. The site provides information about competition bases, monument list and allows downloading, free of charge, the Google software Sketch Up, developed to model virtual replicas of buildings.

The contest develops with strict academic rigor under the supervision of INAH and Google specialists, and has been designed as an integral and global program of long scope, that will promote each year new projects that may be published in the Internet.

Universities with more projects inscribed are the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), with 19, followed up by the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN), with 16, and the Metropolitan Autonomous University (UAM), with 9. Participants from other 13 private and public superior institutions, mainly from Distrito Federal, Veracruz, Puebla and Nuevo Leon are registered as well.

By entity, Distrito Federal presents the largest number of registers (30), from where 6 projects to recreate the Ancient Basilica of Guadalupe outstand; 4 to model Tlatelolco Archaeological Zone, 4 of El Carmen Museum, and 2 of Templo Mayor, are also remarkable.

Estado de Mexico registers 24 projects to model the National Museum of Viceroyalty, Texcoco Cathedral and Quetzalpapalotl Palace in Teotihuacan Archaeological Zone.

Veracruz presents 11 projects that will develop digital versions of San Juan de Ulua Fort, and Niches Pyramids at El Tajin Archaeological Zone.

Michoacan inscribed diverse projects: Morelia Cathedral, Clavijero Palace, the main pyramid at San Felipe los Alzati, Tzintzuntzan yacatas, as well as the convents of Santa Maria Magdalena in Cuitzeo and Santa Ana in Tzintzuntzan.

A total of 29 monuments at archaeological zones will have their virtual model: Casa de los Pilares at Paquime, Chihuahua; Cinco Pisos Building in Edzna, Campeche; Temple of Inscriptions in Palenque, Chiapas, The Castle at Chichen Itza, Yucatan, and Feathered Serpent Pyramid at Xochicalco, Morelos, among others.

Colonial monuments to be modeled by university students include Santo Domingo de Guzman Temple in Oaxaca; Juarez Theater at Guanajuato; Obispado Palace in Monterrey, Puebla Cathedral and Santa Rosa Viterbo Temple in Queretaro.

Winners will be announced in December 18th 2009 at INAH and the contest’s web pages. The best projects will be uploaded to Internet in 2010 and will function as a satellite geo- referential in Google Earth. Five prizes will be presented, including a personal computer, a camcorder, replicas of archaeological pieces manufactured at INAH workshops and INAH Cultural Tourism travels.