Forgotten But Not Lost: Unearthing an Ancient Village Preserved by Mexico's Popcatépeti Volcano


Thursday, March 27, 2014, 6:00pm


Harvard Museum of Natural History, 24 Oxford Street

Public Lecture by Gabriela Uruñuela and Patricia Plunket Nagoda, Professors of Anthropology, Universidad de las Américas Puebla, Mexico

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 Uruñuela 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.

A reception will follow at the Peabody Museum (11 Divinity Avenue).

Sponsored by the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology