Teotihuacan Research Laboratory
August 26, 2016
The Teotihuacan Research Laboratory is the only foreign archaeological research lab on site at this famous city. For the past 30 years, scholars from all over the world have come here to study the government, economics and daily life of Teotihuacan society.
August 30, 2016
Step into the storerooms of the Teotihuacan Research Laboratory and the first thing you will think
of is the government warehouse at the end of “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” Shelves rise to the ceiling.
Row upon row of cardboard and wooden boxes disappear into the gloom. It looks endless.
August 29, 2016
It’s 7:30 a.m., and about eight archaeologists from six universities are loading up instruments,
backpacks, surveying instruments, water jugs, buckets and tripods into a big gray van. “We start
early,” says one of the student archaeologists, “and we finish late.”
In the fall of 2003, a heavy rainstorm swept through the ruins of Teotihuacán, the pyramid-studded,
pre-Aztec metropolis 30 miles northeast of present-day Mexico City. Dig sites sloshed over with water;
a torrent of mud and debris coursed past rows of souvenir stands at the main entrance. The grounds
of the city’s central courtyard buckled and broke