Senior Researcher and Professor of Archaeology at Museo del Templo Mayor,
Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia, is the author of many articles and several books on the archaeology of Central Mexico.
has published a number of books with
his father Alfredo
The University of Oklahoma Press or at
illustrated book offers a panoramic view of ancient Mexico,
beginning more than thirty thousand years ago and ending
with European occupation in the sixteenth century. Drawing
on archaeological and ethnohistorical sources, the book
is one of the first to offer a unified vision of Mexico's
Offerings Of The Templo Mayor of Tenochtitlan
1325 and 1521, the Mexica people of the Aztec capital ritually buried hundreds
of offerings to their gods in the depths of the Templo Mayor of Tenochtitlan,
where for more than five hundred years these gifts lay undiscovered. In complex
religious ceremonies, sacred messages to the gods were expressed not only through
these objects but through their exact and symbolic placement as well.
revised edition of The Offerings of the Templo Mayor of Tenochtitlan, Leonardo
López Luján shares and synthesizes the spectacular findings
of the historic Templo Mayor Project, which took place in the heart of Mexico
City from 1978 to 1997. Archaeologists found an astonishing array of items
including masks, jewelry, skeletal remains of jaguars and alligators, statues
of gods, precious stones, human remains, and countless objects from the oceans.
López Luján’s aim was to decipher the offerings’ religious
significance and explain the profound associations between the unearthed
materials and ritual behavior. In doing so he relied on diverse data and
several analytical techniques to determine such things as the exact date
when the offerings were buried, the gods to whom they were dedicated, the
festivals in which the gifts were made, and the meanings of the materials
and their spatial distribution.
The first edition of The Offerings of the Templo Mayor at Tenochtitlan was
named "Outstanding Academic Book" by Choice and received the Eugene
M. Kayden Humanities Award.
Lujan began new excavations at the Templo Mayor in the fall of 2004.
Leonardo Lujan at Wiki
Entrevista al arqueólogo Leonardo López Luján