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Location Call # Volume Status
 Sherman Library  F1219 .B918 2016    AVAILABLE  
Author Bueno, Christina, 1966-
Title The pursuit of ruins : archaeology, history, and the making of modern Mexico / Christina Bueno.
OCLC 940954459
ISBN 9780826357311
Publisher Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, 2016.
Description xi, 267 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.
LC Subject heading/s Díaz, Porfirio, 1830-1915 -- Influence.
Indians of Mexico -- Antiquities.
Archaeology and history -- Mexico.
Archaeology and state -- Mexico -- History.
Cultural property -- Political aspects -- Mexico -- History.
Material culture -- Political aspects -- Mexico -- History.
Nationalism -- Mexico -- History.
Mexico -- Antiquities.
Mexico -- Politics and government -- 1867-1910.
Mexico -- Cultural policy.
Scope and content "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.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 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.
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