Special Encore Presentation: The State of Mexican Archaeology

Last month, Dr. Schuldenrein was interviewed by Dr. Sandra L. Lopez Varela and her students at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), who are hoping to find the right CRM model for Mexico. You can listen and find out what Joe has to say here!

UNAM Students

UNAM Students

Want to hear more about archaeology in Mexico? Then tune in tonight at 6pm EST for a special encore presentation with special guest Dr. Sandra Lopez on VoiceAmerica!  In our series on ancient civilizations we have highlighted the sophisticated methodologies and novel discoveries emerging in the Mesoamerican heartland. Significantly, major discoveries and interpretive perspectives are generated by native-born Mexican archaeologists. However, the infrastructure of Mexican archaeology is slow to adapt to the changing platforms of archaeological research and exploration in the developing world. Additionally, political turmoil, associated with the ongoing drug-wars, has placed a serious damper on the ability of Mexicans to design survey and excavation programs in certain parts of the country. Today’s interview with Dr. Sandra Lopez Varela, previews the more progressive thinking currently emerging in Mexico’s archaeological community. She discusses the potential for CRM to gain a foothold in the country as the Mexican government faces the challenges brought on by the needs to balance heritage preservation with economic development and national security.

sandralopez1Sandra L. Lopez Varela is a full-time research professor and co-founder of the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Morelos (UAEM), Mexico. She completed her undergraduate degree at the Escuela Nacional de Antropología e Historia, and then obtained her M.A. in Archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology of University College London, and her Ph.D. in Archaeology at the University of London. She received the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Prize from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in 2012. She is currently holding the Archaeology Seat of the American Anthropological Association. She has served as President of the Society for Archaeological Sciences (2009-2011) and as President of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation-Mexico (2008-2010). Since 2009, she is a Member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences, Arts, Technology and Humanities.

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