In recent days, the lighting system lamps and rails at Teotihuacan Archaeological Zone were completely removed without causing damage to Prehispanic buildings. Finalization of removal as well as occlusion of holes finished 2 months ago, was opportunely informed to Technical Evaluator Committee specialists by the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH).

Six lineal meters of 17th century mural painting, found in early 2009 at El Carmen Ex Convent, in San Angel, Mexico City, were fully restored by National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), recovering the ochre tones and architectonic designs that characterize the Colonial building.

Cacaxtla Archaeological Site, in Tlaxcala, is famous due to its 11 colorful mural paintings, where aqua blue, red, yellow and Maya blue represent the Prehispanic painting art. The Battle, a 22 meters long mural, narrates the struggle between 2 warrior groups, showing their expressive faces representing anger and pain.

At the inauguration of the Modelo Museum of Science and Industries (MUMCI), Modelo Group acknowledged the experience of National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) specialists, who provided advisory for the adaptation of the new museographic space which main objective is promote among young people industrial themes and sciences related.

Some meters away from Las Labradas Beach marshes, in Sinaloa, archaeologists from the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) found domestic tools and ceramic vestiges possibly dated between 900 and 1100 AD. This finding represents important evidence of the groups that dwelled the place characterized by Prehistoric petroglyphs.

Through the workshop “History, Art and Identity”, the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) attends the physically challenged persons putting them in contact with cultural heritage. This workshop focused on the visually impaired sector.

Consuelo Saizar, president of the National Council for Culture and Arts (CONACULTA), and Alfonso de Maria y Campos, general director of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), invested Dr. Diana Magaloni Kerpel as the new director of the National Museum of Anthropology (MNA), one of the most important museums in Mexico and Latin America.

Within the framework of Teotihuacan Archaeological Zone explorations centennial, acknowledged researchers will gather in July 16th, 23rd and 30th 2009 at the Master lecture series about the most important Prehispanic site in Mexico, where most recent investigations and tendencies will be discussed. 

The conference series will take place in the National Museum of Anthropology (MNA) with the participation of specialists such as Linda Manzanilla, Ruben Cabrera, Alejandro Pastrana, Alejandro Sarabia, Julie Gazzola, Eduardo Matos, Kim Goldsmith, Sergio Gomez Chavez, Emily McClung, Teresa Uriarte, Roberto Pliego, Luis Alberto Gonzalez Miranda and Luis Alfonso Gonzalez Miranda.

Organized by the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), lectures are part of the celebration of Teotihuacan explorations, which Carlos Siguenza y Gongora began in 18th century, followed by 19th century ones conducted by Leopoldo Batres during Porfirio Diaz ruling period, and the most recent work conducted by INAH specialists, the Moon Pyramid Project, from 1998 to 2004.

Themes raised at the academic forum that also celebrates the 70th anniversary of INAH include “Quotidian life in Teotihuacan”, “Exploration at La Ciudadela and Feathered Serpent Pyramid” and “Importance of obsidian in Teotihuacan”.

Archaeologist Ruben Cabrera, co director of Moon Pyramid Project declared that the series will allow acknowledging and re evaluating cultural, social, economic and artistic relevance of Teotihuacan. “Experts from different fields and perspectives will gather to share information with the public, so we can acknowledge our past parting from the present”.

During his intervention, Cabrera will talk about the history of exploration at La Ciudadela, which began in 19th century lasting until late 20th, when Quetzalcoatl Temple was completely liberated, discovering sacrificed individuals’ burials.


Conference Program


During July 2009


Thursday 16  Moderator Salvador Guilliem


Linda Manzanilla / Quotidian Life in Teotihuacan
Ruben Cabrera / Explorations at La Ciudadela and Feathered Serpent Temple

Alejandro Pastrana / Importance of Obsidian in Teotihuacan


Thursday 23 Moderator Luis Alberto Martos


Alejandro Sarabia / History of Archaeological Research in Teotihuacan

Julie Gazzola / Stone Exploitation and Craft in Teotihuacan

Eduardo Matos / Recent Studies regarding Sun Pyramid

Kim Goldsmith / Ceramic Figures in Teotihuacan


Thursday 30.             Moderator Veronica Ortega


Sergio Gomez Chavez / Foreign Communities Neighborhoods in Teotihuacan

Emily McClung / Paleo Environmental Studies in the Valley of  Teotihuacan

Teresa Uriarte / Mural Painting in Teotihuacan

Roberto Pliego, Ignacio Rodriguez and Luis Alfonso Gonzalez Miranda / Virtual Reconstruction of Archaeological Zones in Mexico. Teotihuacan case


Lectures will take place at Jaime Torres Bodet Auditorium of the National museum of Anthropology in July 16th, from 12:00 to 15:00 hours; July 23rd and 30th, from 10:00 to 14:00 hours. Admission is free.

More than 5 million daily users of Metro can learn more about cultural heritage conservation t and prevention of illegal traffic of cultural goods tasks, conducted by the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), through 2 exhibitions mounted during July 2009 at Zocalo STC Metro station.

The collection of the National Museum of Interventions (MNI) is formed by more than 600 weapons from different origins and ages, from 18th to 20th centuries. From knives to cannon balls, these items give testimony of history of Mexico and its non-intervention politic tradition.

Fifty Olmeca sculptures exhibited at La Venta Park Museum, Villahermosa, Tabasco, have been totally cleaned up by National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) experts, after 23 of them were vandalized in January 2009.

Kenya and Mauritania governments donated 3 musical instruments to the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) that represent both countries traditional cultures; the pieces, made out of natural fibers and animal skin, were received by authorities of the National Museum of Cultures (MNC).

As thousand of Mexicans, Miguel Leon Portilla knew the Prehispanic city of Teotihuacan when he was a child. His uncle, archaeologist Manuel Gamio, became his mentor and gave him lessons that he would not forget: “It is good to be interested in the dead indigenous, but take care of the living, too”.