El Carrizal’s Tribute to the Mesoamerican Ballgame

Monday, February 13, 2012

On November 18, the community of Emiliano Zapata (Carrizal), Veracruz, hosted an unprecedented cultural event for Veracruz archaeology, an academic conference organized by and for the inhabitants of the local communities. Its main goal was to divulge the diverse information recovered by archaeological projects throughout the region. The idea was conceived inside the outreach program […]

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Archaeology and History at El Carrizal

Thursday, October 20, 2011

On Friday, October 7, our crew had a celebration. The reason? The project’s first grantee graduation! Cesar Viveros Miranda is a local student from Carrizal who enrolled in the History program at Universidad Veracruzana. His thesis is titled “Land Ownership: El Carrizal’s Ejido Formation: 1918-1921.” The Ejidos were social organizations based on communal land property. […]

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Rescuing El Carrizal’s Heritage: Please Support Us

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

El Carrizal’s history is deeply intertwined with the railways’ history. During Porfirio Diaz’ rulership (1876-1911), the area was known as Llano grande (wide plains) and was part of Hacienda Plan del Río, a latifundium owned by Mr. Angel Trigos. Back then, only a few houses existed and the rest of the land was used for […]

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Experimenting and Archaeology

Monday, August 22, 2011

Archaeology has developed its classification methods and techniques since its beginnings. At first, finished and pretty artifacts were diagnostic of styles and cultures. In the 60s, technological issues started to come to question; so we started paying attention to unfinished, recycled, re-used and discarded objects. The operational sequence approach on artifacts proposes to reconstruct their […]

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Hurricane Karl: Natural Disasters and Human Occupations

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

On September 16, hurricane Karl hit the Mexican Gulf Coast. It entered through Villa Rica, the same spot through which Cortes the conquistador first arrived in Mexico. As we were so deeply focused in our research, we didn’t know anything about the danger, so our crew decided to spend September 15 (Mexico’s Independence Day) at […]

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