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.


Bernal's many publications include:

  • The Olmec world. Berkeley, University of California Press. (1969)
  • A history of Mexican archaeology: the vanished civilizations of Middle America (1980). London, Thames and Hudson. ISBN 0-500-78008-0


  • Paddock, J., & Bernal, I. (1966). Ancient Oaxaca; discoveries in Mexican archeology and history. Stanford, Calif, Stanford University Press.


  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. 

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