Mexican Archeologist Receives Princess of Asturias Award

Mexican archeologist Eduardo Matos Moctezuma. Photo: Google


Renowned Mexican archaeologist Eduardo Matos Moctezuma received the coveted Princess of Asturias Award in the field of social sciences in Oviedo, Spain, on Wednesday, May 18.

Matos Moctezuma, who is best known for discovering and excavating the ancient Mexica (Aztec) Templo Mayor in downtown Mexico City, was given the award in recognition of more than 60 years of archeological and anthropological research.

Born in 1940 in Mexico City, Matos Moctezuma has a doctorate in anthropology and was a professor at the National School of Anthropology and History (ENAH) for more than 30 years.

In addition, he served as director of the Center for Research and Higher Studies in Social Anthropology of the National Museum of Anthropology and the Museo del Templo Mayor, and has taught courses and seminars in institutions in various countries.

In 1978, he led a team of researchers at the Templo Mayor, which was the main temple of the ancient Aztec civilization.

He has written several books, including “The Greater Temple of the Aztecs” (1988), “Death on the Edge of Obsidian” (1996), “Mexica Studies” (1999-2005) and “Death among the Mexica” (2010).

Among his other awards and recognitions are the 2007 National Award for Science and Arts and the Henry B. Nicholson Medal from Harvard University in 2002.

The 50,000-euro award ($52,600) is one of eight prizes, including in the arts, communication and sports, that are handed out annually by the Princess of Asturias Foundation.

The awards are among the most prestigious in the Spanish-speaking world.

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