The Emplacement of the First Cathedral or "Iglesia Mayor" in the Capital of New Spain

Author(s): Lorena Medina Martínez

Year: 2018


The transformation and the reuse of the urban landscape of the capital of Mexico Tenochtitlan, by the Spanish in the sixteen century is an event that continues to raise questions as well as provides new data through archaeological interventions around the area that in the past was occupied by the Aztec capital. In 2016, an ongoing archaeological investigation conducted by the Urban Archeology Program (PAU) of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) uncovered a series of walls, entrances, a tombstone and some burials in what was the first cathedral or "Iglesia Mayor" of the capital of New Spain; this "Iglesia Mayor" was built in 1524 and was demolished in 1626 to make way for the current Metropolitan Cathedral. This paper analyzes and integrates the archaeological information previously known, including recent findings and significant new information to obtain a better understanding of the original emplacement of the "Iglesia Mayor".

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The Emplacement of the First Cathedral or "Iglesia Mayor" in the Capital of New Spain. Lorena Medina Martínez. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441563)

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Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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PaperId(s): 633