Christina Maria Bueno F'08

Christina Maria Bueno
Assistant Professor
History
Northeastern Illinois University

ACLS Fellowship Program 2008
Assistant Professor
History
Northeastern Illinois University
Excavating Identity: Archaeology and the Making of Modern Mexico, 1877-1911

Based on extensive research in Mexico-City archives, this study examines the ways in which Mexico's Porfirian state (1877-1911) used archaeology for the purpose of state- and nation-building. It looks at the various federal projects to control and display the Indian past, analyzing the National Museum as well as the making of the nation's first official archaeological site at Teotihuacan in 1910. It also examines how the federal government's projects impacted locals at the ruins, both those who resisted and aided the state.