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Author Bueno, Christina, 1966-
Title The pursuit of ruins : archaeology, history, and the making of modern Mexico / Christina Bueno.
Imprint Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, 2016.

Author Bueno, Christina, 1966-
Series Diálogos series.
Diálogos (Albuquerque, N.M.)
Subject Díaz, Porfirio, 1830-1915 -- Influence.
Indians of Mexico -- Antiquities.
Archaeology and history -- Mexico.
Archaeology and state -- Mexico -- History.
Cultural property -- Political aspects -- Mexico -- History.
Material culture -- Political aspects -- Mexico -- History.
Nationalism -- Mexico -- History.
Mexico -- Antiquities.
Mexico -- Politics and government -- 1867-1910.
Mexico -- Cultural policy.
Description 1 online resource (xi, 267 pages) : illustrations, maps.
polychrome rdacc
Summary "This book, then, is essentially about objects. It examines how the ruins of the ancient Indians--monuments overtaken by nature and used by foreigners and local people for centuries--were transformed into museum pieces and official sites. It looks at the making of patrimony, how the pots and statues of the Toltecs, Aztecs, and many other ancient cultures became Mexican objects. It does not pretend to be an intellectual or institutional history of archaeology, nor a comprehensive history of the science. Instead, it focuses on archaeology's role in nation building during one of Mexico's pivotal regimes, a dictatorship that is often thought to have brought the country its first modern state. It explores the process of constructing an ancient patrimony and past--the Porfirian government's effort to cast a net over the pre-Hispanic remains and draw them into the fold of the state"--Introduction.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents A day at the ruins -- Ruins and the state -- The museum men -- El inspector -- Guarding -- Inspecting -- Centralizing -- Reconstructing.
Note Description based on print version record.
ISBN 9780826357335 (electronic bk.)
0826357334 (electronic bk.)
9780826357311 (cloth ; alkaline paper)
0826357318 (cloth ; alkaline paper)
9780826357328 (paperback ; alkaline paper)
0826357326 (paperback ; alkaline paper)
OCLC # 941140356
Additional Format Print version: Bueno, Christina, 1966- Pursuit of ruins. Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, [2016] 9780826357311 (DLC) 2015049831 (OCoLC)940954459.

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