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First session in a three part lecture series with archeologists, art historians, and curators who have worked extensively on the site and whose artifacts can been in Teotihuacan: City of Fire, City of Fire.
Dr. Julie Gazzola (Researcher, Dirección de Estudios Arqueológicos, INAH), Sergio Gomez (Archaeologist, Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacán, INAH), and Saburo Sugiyama (Research Professor, School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University)will each present 30-minute lectures on their research which includes the tunnel below the Temple of the Feathered Serpent, and understanding the cosmic monuments and polity at Teotihuacan. -- Dr. Julie Gazzola graduated from the Panthéon-Sorbonne University, Paris. From 2002 to 2006 she was the co-director of the Research and Conservation Project of the Temple of the Plumed Serpent, Teotihuacán. Since 2004 she has worked as a researcher at the ArchaeologicalStudies Department of the National Institute of Anthropology and History, Mexico. In 2006 she became the director of the First Occupations Project in Teotihuacán, which investigate the early stages of Teotihuacán. Dr. Gazzola has published several articleson lapidary production, the identification and use of various pigments, ceramics and carved lithics, foreign presence, and the ball game in Teotihuacán and has received multiple awards for her research.
Sergio Gómez Chávez is an archaeologist with PhD studies in Anthropology at the National School of Anthropology and History (ENAH). He has directed several archaeological projects in Teotihuacán, is the author of over one hundred scientific articles addressingvarious aspects of urbanism, social and spatial organization, foreign presence, the writing systems and languages in Teotihuacan. In 2016 he received the Most Important Archaeological Field-Discovery in the World Award from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.Since 2002 he has been the Director of the Ciudadela Project as well as the Tlalocan Project, consisting of the tunnel exploration under the Temple of the Plumed Serpent in Teotihuacán.
Saburo Sugiyama obtained Ph.D. in Anthropology from the Arizona State University, for which he currently serves as Research Professor. He is also Professor Emeritus of Aichi Prefectural University in Japan. He extensively carried out fieldwork at varied ruinsin Mexico, particularly at the Feathered Serpent Pyramid, the Moon Pyramid, the Sun Pyramid, and currently at the Plaza of the Columns as co-director in Teotihuacan. He also worked at Palenque, Becan, Cacaxtla, and the Aztec Great Temple in Mexico City, amongothers. He received several awards and honors including "H.B. Nicholson Award for Excellence in Mesoamerican Studies," from Harvard University, “Commendation from the Minister of Foreign Affairs” from the Japanese government, and Research Award from the ChineseAcademy of Social Sciences.