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Ethnohistorical Archaeology, Mexico

Location: Mexico City, Mexico

June 15, 2013 to July 12, 2013

Session dates: 
Single session

Application Deadline: 
Monday, July 1, 2013

Deadline Type: 
Exact date

Program Type

Field school

RPA certified



Institute for Field Research, UCLA, University of Calgary, Connecticut College

Project Director:

Dr. Pohl, UCLA, Mr. Zborover, University of Calgary

Project Description

The objective of this interdisciplinary project is to introduce innovative methods of integrating archaeological research with art history, ethnohistory, and ethnography, in an intensive Travel Study program spanning from bustling Mexico City to the scenic valleys and highlands of Oaxaca and Puebla. Through daily traveling and hiking, students will learn about the millennial indigenous cultures, the impact of European colonialism, and the contemporary lifestyles and issues, by the active exploration of archaeological and historical sites, museum collections, and indigenous communities. These excursions will be integrated with classroom courses and on-site lectures delivered by experts on ethnohistorical documents, archaeological field and lab methods, and ethnographic research. Note that this Travel Study program does not involve active participation in an archaeological dig.  

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Entire duration of field school

Minimum age: 
18 years old

Experience required: 
No prior experience required

Room and Board Arrangements

Students will be staying in hotels in Mexico City, Puebla, and Oaxaca City, and in local inns while traveling to the Mixteca. All students will be sharing a room based on room size and availability.
Central Mexican food is a wonderful blend of European and indigenous cuisines, and dining there is a cultural experience in itself. Specialized diets (vegan, kosher, etc.) are difficult to maintain in this field school. Vegetarians may attend but will find options fairly limited.  Monday through Friday, breakfast, lunch and dinner is provided by the program. Students are responsible for their weekend meals.
Please let us know when you apply for this program if you have special dietary needs, as well as any medical or physical conditions. We will advise you accordingly.

Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
Connecticut College
Number of credits offered 8 semester credit units


Contact Information
Ran Boytner
1855 Industrial Street Unit 106
Los Angeles
United States
Recommended Bibliography: 

Pohl, John M. D., Virginia M. Fields, and Victoria I. Lyall. 
2012. Children of the Plumed Serpent: The Legacy of Quetzalcoatl in Ancient Mexico.
In Children of the Plumed Serpent: the Legacy of Quetzalcoatl in Ancient Mexico, edited by Virginia M. Fields, John M. D. Pohl, and Victoria I. Lyall, pp. 15-47. Scala Publishers/LACMA, London and Los Angeles.

Pohl, John M. D.
2002 Aztecs: New Perspectives on an American Indian Civilization. History Today,
December 1, 2002 (pp. 1-8).

Pohl, John M. D.   
2003a Creation Stories, Hero Cults, and Alliance Building (pp. 61-66);
2003b Ritual Ideology and Commerce in the Southern Mexican Highlands (pp. 172-177);
2003c Ritual and Iconographic Variability in Mixteca-Puebla Polychrome Pottery (pp. 201-206);
2003d Royal Marriages and Confederacy Building among the Eastern Nahuas, Mixtecs, and Zapotecs (243-248).
(All 2003 articles in: The Postclassic Mesoamerican World, edited by Michael E. Smith and Frances F. Berdan. University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City.)

Pohl, John M. D.
2004 The archaeology of history in Postclassic Oaxaca. In Mesoamerican Archaeology: Theory and Practice, edited by Julia Hendon and Rosemary Joyce, pp. 217-238. Blackwell, Cornwall.

Pohl, John M. D.
1994a Mexican codices, maps, and lienzos as social contracts. In Writing without words: Alternative literacies in Mesoamerica and the Andes, edited by Elizabeth Hill Boone and Walter D. Mignolo, pp. 137-160. Duke University Press, Durham and London.
1994b Weaving and Gift Exchange in the Mixtec Codices. In Cloth and Curing: Continuity and Change in Oaxaca, edited by Grace Johnson and Douglas Sharon, pp. 3-13. San Diego Museum Papers No. 32.  
2004 Screenfold Manuscripts of Highland Mexico and Their Possible Influence on Codex Madrid: A Summary. In Codex Madrid: New Approaches to Understanding an Ancient Maya Manuscript, edited by Gabrielle Vail and Anthony Aveni. University of Colorado Press, Boulder.

Pohl, John M. D., and Bruce E. Byland
1990 Mixtec landscape perception and archaeological settlement patterns. Ancient Mesoamerica, Vol 1, No. 1

Zborover, Danny
(Forthcoming) Decolonizing Historical Archaeology in Southern Oaxaca, and Beyond. In Bridging the Gaps: Integrating Archaeology and History in Oaxaca, Mexico; a Volume in Memory of Bruce E. Byland, edited by Danny Zborover and Peter Kroefges. University Press of Colorado, Boulder.

Zborover, Danny
(Forthcoming) From ‘1-Eye’ to Bruce Byland: Literate Societies and Integrative Approaches in Oaxaca. In Bridging the Gaps: Integrating Archaeology and History in Oaxaca, Mexico; A Volume in Memory of Bruce E. Byland, edited by Danny Zborover and Peter Kroefges, pp. 1-45. University Press of Colorado, Boulder.