A cool thing you shouldn’t miss: Leonardo López Luján

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If you’re not fighting in the first night of the Shelter Games, here’s an event to stimulate your brain as your peers battle it out for 315 Thayer.

The Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World presents Leonardo López Luján, one of the leading Mesoamerican archaeologists in the world. He will be giving two lectures on campus this week: one on Teotihuacan’s Pyramid of the Moon and the other on Tenochtitlan’s Templo Mayor. López Luján has written over nineteen books and eighty articles on Mesoamerica and is one of the most respected figures in the study of Tenochtitlan and Teotihuacan.

López Luján will discuss his current research at the Pyramid of the Moon in Teotihuacan on Tuesday at 12 p.m. in Rhode Island Hall 108. On Wednesday evening at 5:30 p.m., he will return to the same classroom to talk about Templo Mayor, where he has served as director of archaeological projects since 1991.

For those not well-versed in Mesoamerican archaeology, Teotihuacan is like the Atlantis of Mesoamerican archaeology (aside from the fact that it lacks its own Disney movie…and isn’t quite a mythical city under the sea). One of the most powerful and influential civilizations of pre-Columbian times, Teotihuacan fell in a mysterious collapse in the 5th century AD. Close your eyes and think of Mexico before the arrival of Spanish conquistadors; the elaborate pyramids that come to mind probably resemble those that are found at the Teotihuacan site. Tenochtitlan came later and rose as the capital of the Aztec empire before the Spanish conquest.

There will also be pizza at both events. Can’t say no to that.

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