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20th c. Archaeological Finds in Mexico’s Chapultepec: Andrea Moerer, Feb. 2014

From the Underworld to the Summit: Promotion and Reception of 20th Century Archaeological Finds in Mexico’s Chapultepec

The Maya Society presents Andrea Moerer, PhD, History, University of Minnesota.


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codex_boturini cropChapultepec Forest has long been an important symbolic and material site for Mexico. Many groups have made claims largely based upon natural resources and recreation. Still, the Forest’s historical events, with the growing importance of the scientific practice of archaeology, have proved indispensable to nation-building efforts, particularly from the Porfiriato (1876-1910) onward. Dr. Moerer will present periods of important archaeological finds in Chapultepec Forest, looking at what was uncovered, how it was publicized, and how the archaeological record was interpreted in light of nation-building histories centered there.

Andrea Moerer is an adjunct instructor at Hamline University.  She holds a Ph.D. in History and a Master’s degree in Liberal Studies from the University of Minnesota.  Her area of study is Latin America, specifically 20th century Mexico, and her research interests include visual representation, spatialities, and networks of people, commodities and ideas.  She is currently working on a book proposal from her dissertation entitled, Changing Chapultepec: Construction, Consumption, and Cultural Politics in a Mexico City Forest, 1934-1944.

See also: Subterranean Scenographies: Time Travel through ‘Miraculous’ Mexico, by Luis Castañeda.

This event occurred on Friday, February 14, 2014, at 7:30pm, in 118 Drew Science Center, Hamline University.

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