September 6, 1857, archaeologist and anthropologist Zelia Nuttall was born in San Francisco.

On this day (September 6), 1857, the archaeologist and anthropologist Zelia Nuttall was born in San Francisco
Zelia Nuttall María Magdalena was a archaeologist and anthropologist specializing in pre Aztec cultures and manuscripts Mexican and pre-Columbian.
He was educated in France, Germany and Italy , and at Bedford College , London . During Nuttall's first trip to Mexico in 1884 with her family, she worked for the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City as an Honorary Professor of Archaeology.
While she was visiting Teotihuacan that year, she collected terracotta heads from San Juan Teotihuacan. The pieces had been studied before but had not been properly dated or understood. This was the basis for the publication that would bring her to prominence, the "Teotihuacan Terracotta Heads" for the American Journal of Archaeology(1886). Due to the success of this article, she was appointed Special Assistant to the Peabody Museum of Archeology and Ethnology at Harvard .
Putnam, a noted American anthropologist, praised Nuttall as "familiar with the Nahuatl language, having intimate and influential friends among the Mexicans, and exceptionally talented in linguistics and archaeology"
Nuttall investigated Mexico's past in order to acknowledge and take pride in its present at a time when Western archeology favored the salacious narratives of the ancients Mesoamericans . In 1897, Nuttall published Ancient Mexican Superstitions in The Journal of American Folklore. In it, she criticizes the portrayal of ancient Mexicans as "bloodthirsty savages, who have nothing in common with civilized humanity." “Such grasping at the imagination that erases all other knowledge about the ancient civilization of Mexico,” she wrote. He hoped that his work "would lead to a growing recognition of the bonds of universal brotherhood which bind the present inhabitants of this great and ancient continent to their not unworthy predecessors."
As a curiosity to note that Nuttall was known for her ability to find lost or forgotten manuscripts and bring them to the attention of scholars. For example r traced the manuscript Zapotec , now known as Codex Zouche-Nuttall , in the library of its owner, the Baron Zouche of Haryngworth . A facsimile with an introduction by Nuttall was published in 1902 by the Peabody Museum.
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- Good morning
- Good morning
- do you need my services?
- what do you do?
- clean the area of ​​moles
- well, I'm not interested
- wow, your garden is full of holes
- that's it has moles
- so who makes those holes?
- my daughter
- your daughter? why?
-because she looks for ancient civilizations
- oh, and did you find something?
- not at the moment

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