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TEOTIHUACAN ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE—QUETZALCOATL TEMPLE

Conservation of the Quetzalcoatl Temple in the Teotihuacán Archaeological Site

TEOTIHUACAN ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE—QUETZALCOATL TEMPLE
San Juan Teotihuacan, Mexico
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BACKGROUND

For the first half of the first millennium, A.D, Teotihuacán was the dominant civilization in Mesoamerica and one of the great cities of the ancient world. The city was laid out on a grid, most likely in the early 1st century A.D., and the major structures were built between the 2nd and late 6th centuries. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

WMF worked with the Instituto Nacional de Antropología y Historia (INAH) on conservation work at the Quetzalcoatl Temple beginning in 2003. The initial work focused on diagnosis of conservation issues, , as well as the development of a maintenance plan. Of particular concern was the western façade of the temple, which had been more rapidly deteriorating.

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WHY IT MATTERS

Teotihuacán is the largest pre-Colombian site in the Americas and is often referred to as the City of the Gods. It is the largest and most visited cultural site in Mexico. The conservation project provided an important stimulus for the community, building capacity so that the local conservators can care for the site in the future. (...)

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World Monuments Fund 2013 Hadrian Gala Honors Roberto Hernández Ramírez
October, 2013

At the 2013 Hadrian Gala, World Monuments Fund presented Roberto Hernández Ramírez with the twenty-sixth Hadrian Award for his commitment to the preservation of Mexico’s cultural heritage.