While in Mexico, San Francisco mayor, Gavin Newsom, visited 2 emblematic places: National Museum of Anthropology (MNA) and Teotihuacan Archaeological Zone.


After his encounter with President Felipe Calderon Hinojosa, where economic issues, included migration, were raised, bonds between San Francisco City and Mexico were strengthened as well.  The mayor was received at the National Museum of Anthropology by Alfonso de Maria y Campos, general director of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH).    

 

Gavin Newsom visited Maya, Mexica and Culturas del Golfo halls, where he admired the emblematic Mexica monoliths Coatlicue and Sun Stone or Aztec Calendar, as well as Olmeca Head.

 

In August 26th 2009 he arrived to Teotihuacan, where INAH archaeologist Kim Goldsmith showed him obsidian crafts workshops, tried Pulque and ascended the Sun Pyramid.

 

“The view is impressive. This is my first time in Mexico and I would like to return. The last 40 steps were the most difficult”, he expressed after reaching the top in only 5 minutes.

 

Joaquin Lorrea, representative of Voto Latino Association, accompanied Newson through La Ciudadela conjunct, where archaeologists explained the tunnel project that is being developed to present at the place.

 

At Quetzalcoatl temple, archaeologists explained to him how pigments were obtained in Prehispanic times, particularly red hues.

 
Finally, the mayor walked down the Roadway of the Dead before returning to Mexico City to board the plane to San Francisco.