Ignacio Bernal

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Ignacio Bernal (February 13, 1910 in Paris - January 24, 1992 in Mexico City) was an eminent Mexican anthropologist and archaeologist.

Bernal excavated much of Monte Albán, originally starting as a student of Alfonso Caso, and later led major archeological projects at Teotihuacan. In 1965 he excavated Dainzú.[1] He was the director of Mexico's National Museum of Anthropology 1962-68 and again 1970-77. In 1965, he was elected a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.[2] Bernal was awarded the Premio Nacional in 1969. He was a founding member of the Third World Academy of Sciences in 1983.

Biography[edit]

Ignacio Bernal is the son of Rafael and Rafaela (Garcia Pimentel) Bernal. Bernal married Sofia Verea on October 14, 1944 and had four children: Ignacio, Rafaela, Carlos, and Concepcion. He received his M.A. from the Escuela Nacional de Antropologia, Mexico in 1946 and his Ph.D. from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico in 1949.[3]

Books[edit]

Bernal's many publications include[3]:

  • Ancient Mexico in Colour (1979)
  • A History of Mexican Archaeology: the Vanished Civilizations of Middle America (1980). London, Thames and Hudson. ISBN 0-500-78008-0
  • Mexico Before Cortez: Art, History, Legend (1963)
  • The Mexican National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico (1968)
  • The Olmec World. Berkeley, University of California Press. (1969)

and

  • Paddock, J., & Bernal, I. (1966). Ancient Oaxaca; Discoveries in Mexican Archeology and History. Stanford, Calif, Stanford University Press.

Awards[edit]

  • H.H.D., University of Americas[3]
  • L.H.D. (Doctor of Humane Letters), University of California, Berkeley[3]
  • LL.D. (Doctor of Laws), St. Mary's University[3]
  • National Science Award, Mexico[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dainzú at INAH (in Spanish)
  2. ^ "Book of Members, 1780–2010: Chapter B" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 24 June 2011.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Contemporary Authors Online". Biography in Context. 2003. Retrieved 17 October 2018.

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