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Christina Maria Bueno
Northeastern Illinois University (Chicago, IL 60625-4699)
Excavating Identity: Archaeology in Revolutionary Mexico, 1910-1940

A book-length study about state-sponsored archeology in Mexico between 1910 and 1940, and its effect on indigenous societies and cultures.

“Excavating Identity: Archaeology in Revolutionary Mexico, 1910-1940” examines the making of archaeological patrimony and an official Indian past during the three decades that followed the outbreak of Mexico's 1910 revolution. The manuscript also looks at how the government's archaeological projects impacted native peoples at the ruins. With the aid of an NEH Fellowship, I will explore this formative stage in Mexican archaeology through research in Mexico City archives. My goal is to spend twelve consecutive months analyzing documents in four archives that are essential to the completion of my manuscript: the National Archive (AGN), Historical Archive of the National Museum of Anthropology (AHMNA), the National Library of Anthropology and History (BNAH), and INAH’s Technical Archive of the Office of Pre-Hispanic Monuments (ATMP).I will also travel to sites related to my study to interview the descendants of people who worked in the government’s archaeological projects.

Project fields:
Archaeology; Latin American History


Research Programs

$60,000 (approved)
$60,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2019 – 6/30/2020