The Museum of Anthropology is the sum of Mesoamerican civilization. Its rooms house everything to understand that cultural universe which still keeps many secrets. For that reason 26 rooms were assigned to exhibit the best preserved objects, from Olmec to Mayan culture, from Zapotec to Mixtec, from the pre-Classic period to present times.Collections | Mexico Full Color | National Museum of Anthropology

National Museum of Anthropology

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Index

3     | Introduction

4     | THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF ENTHROPOLOGY

10   | Mesoamerica

12   | Chronology of Mesoamerican cultures

13   | Location of Mesoamerican cultures

| Rooms

14   | INTRODUCTION TO ANTHROPOLOGY AND POPULATING OF AMERICA

20   | THE PRE-CLASSIC ERA IN THE CENTRAL PLATEAU

28   | TEOTIHUACAN

38   | THE TOLTECS AND THEIR TIMES

46   | MEXICA

66   | CULTURES OF OAXACA

86   | GULF COAST CULTURES

104 | MAYAS

128 | WESTERN CULTURES

150 | ETHNOGRAPHY

Author

Felipe Solis

Photos by:

Giovanni Dagli Orti,, Ismael Villafranco, Michel Zabé, Marco Antonio Pacheco, Javier Hinojosa, Irmgard Groth


238 Photos-Illustrations

160 Pages

Softcover

26 x 20 cm – 10.24 x 7.87 in

ISBN 9786077816140


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Contents

On September 17, 1964 the National Museum of Anthropology was inaugurated, but its background dates back perhaps to October 13, 1790, when six Mexica monoliths, among them Coatlicue, the Sun Stone and the Tizoc Stone were found at a shallow depth, buried for around 270 years, in what we now know as the Zócalo.

The Museum of Anthropology is the sum of Mesoamerican civilization. Its rooms house everything to understand that cultural universe which still keeps many secrets. For that reason 26 rooms were assigned to exhibit the best preserved objects, from Olmec to Mayan culture, from Zapotec to Mixtec, from the pre-Classic period to present times.

This book offers a detailed follow-up of all the Museum’s galleries, in such a way that the visitor may recognize and better value the pieces seen on the tour. Its explanations are extremely useful for deciphering the cosmos that reigned before the arrival of European civilization.

Moreover, in its 44,000 m2 (473,612 ft2) of covered areas the best artists of the times participated, such as Rufino Tamayo, Manuel Felguérez and Leonora Carrington. Its architect, Pedro Ramírez Vázquez, left Mexicans a masterwork.

Did you know that the Mayas and the Aztecs had two calendars: a sacred one of 260 days and a civil one of 365 days.

The use of these calendars was common to all the peoples of pre-Columbian Mesoamerica. Every 52 years a new cycle called “New Fire” began.

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