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Author Bueno, Christina, 1966- author
Title The pursuit of ruins : archaeology, history, and the making of modern Mexico / Christina Bueno
Imprint Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, 2016
book jacket
 Ethnology Library  F1219 .B918 2016    AVAILABLE    30520020827821
Descript xi, 267 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
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Series Diálogos series
Diálogos (Albuquerque, N.M.)
Note "This book, then, is essentially about objects. It examines how the ruins of the ancient Indians--monuments overtaken by nature and used by foreigners and local people for centuries--were transformed into museum pieces and official sites. It looks at the making of patrimony, how the pots and statues of the Toltecs, Aztecs, and many other ancient cultures became Mexican objects. It does not pretend to be an intellectual or institutional history of archaeology, nor a comprehensive history of the science. Instead, it focuses on archaeology's role in nation building during one of Mexico's pivotal regimes, a dictatorship that is often thought to have brought the country its first modern state. It explores the process of constructing an ancient patrimony and past--the Porfirian government's effort to cast a net over the pre-Hispanic remains and draw them into the fold of the state"--Introduction
Includes bibliographical references (pages 239-258) and index
Part One. Ruins and meaning -- A day at the ruins -- Ruins and the state -- Part Two. The archaeologists -- The museum men -- El inspector -- Part Three. Making patrimony -- Guarding -- Inspecting -- Centralizing -- Reconstructing -- Epilogue
Link Online version: Bueno, Christina, 1966- Pursuit of ruins Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, 2016 9780826357335 (DLC) 2016009414
Subject Indians of Mexico -- Antiquities
Archaeology and history -- Mexico
Mexico -- Antiquities
Archaeology and state -- Mexico -- History
Cultural property -- Political aspects -- Mexico -- History
Material culture -- Political aspects -- Mexico -- History
Nationalism -- Mexico -- History
Díaz, Porfirio, 1830-1915 -- Influence
Mexico -- Politics and government -- 1867-1910
Mexico -- Cultural policy
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