Mexico City: Museo Nacional de Antropología, part I

The Museo Nacional de Antropología is the best museum in the world to learn about the history of the people of the Americas and one of the best museums anywhere in general.

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I went on a Sunday when it’s free for Mexican citizens, so it was crowded, plus guided tours are not offered on Sundays, which was a disappointment. Still, this was one of the highlights of my two trips to Mexico.

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The exhibition halls are built around a large courtyard, which holds the fountain above, and are broken up by geographic region and civilization. The first hall holds artifacts and information about pre-classic civilizations, including information on the GRAPES, that we teach you in History class.

Teotihuacán

We visited Teotihuacán in the Fall of 2016, which has the incredible Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon. The Teotihuacán civilization lasted for about 700 years beginning in the 1st Century CE (is that before or after the year 0?) and collapsed around 750 CE. OI000399.jpg
Mictlantecutli, the god of death.

OI000415.jpgPyramid of the Feathered Serpent

Beneath the Pyramid of the Feathered Serpent, archaeologists found a burial pit that held nine people who had been sacrificed with their hands tied behind their backs. Additionally, each of the individuals was found wearing a necklace made of human jawbone!

OI000417.jpgOI000513.jpgOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAChalchiuhtlicue, the Aztec goddess of flowing waters. She is the wife, or maybe sister, of the rain god Tlaloc. This statue was found across from the Pyramid of the Moon.

 

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