Welcome to the Moses Mesoamerican Archive Blog. Each month we will present our viewers and listeners with a significant historical moment in the 35 year history of our collaborative work. This first blog entry is a recording, accompanied by photographs, that narrates the initial chispa, or spark, for the Archive, created by the meeting of Eduardo Matos Moctezuma and David Carrasco at the excavation of the Templo Mayor in 1979. Carrasco outlines how an existential moment in his development combined with an intellectual exchange led to the first Mesoamerican Archive 1979 conference entitled “Center & Periphery and the Aztec Empire”. This is a clear statement of how the disciplines of the history of religions and archaeology combined to form the academic and social program of the Archive that has produced new knowledge about Aztec urbanism and Mesoamerica’s history of religions. Enjoy and take note!


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