Cerro Portezuelo Archives

About this Collection

The Cerro Portezuelo Archives is a result of excavations conducted by George Brainerd in 1954 and 1955 and by H. B. Nicholson in 1957. The site is located near the ancient shores of Lake Texcoco in Central Mexico (now Mexico City) and spans the Classic to Post-Classic time periods (A.D. 350 - 1500). The city began during the florescence of the larger nearby city of Teotihuacan but survived long after Teotihuacan's fall and into the Aztec Empire. This collection's ceramic objects represent the most complete and unbroken sequence for the region, making it an invaluable research tool for understanding the turbulent political and social climate during Mesoamerican times. The objects held in the Archaeology Collections Facility includes ceramics, spindle whorls, figurines, stamps, chipped stone, ancestral burials, and memorial objects. Collection documentation include an inventory, maps, photographs and negatives, artifact descriptions and analysis, field notes, correspondence, burial accession records, progress reports, and a published report co-authored by Frederic Hicks and H.B. Nicholson.... View finding aid.

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