Forgotten But Not Lost

6:00 pm Thu, Mar 27, 2014

Venue: Harvard Museum of Natural History

24 Oxford St, Cambridge, MA 02138

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Two thousand years ago, the pre-Hispanic village of Tetimpa was buried by a massive eruption of Mexico's largest active volcano. People were forced to abandon their houses as walls collapsed under the weight of falling ashen pumice. Many household objects, though, were preserved, including numerous unique family shrines. In this illustrated talk, archaeologists Patricia Plunket Nagoda and Gabriela Uru will discuss how the remarkable unearthing of Tetimpa has advanced our knowledge of ancient life in Mexico and how this volcanic episode may have shaped the future of regional cities-on-the-rise, such as Teotihuacan and Cholula.

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