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DateNameLocation
Oct. 5-7, 2017Teotihuacan: The World Beyond the CityDumbarton Oaks Research Library, Washington, DCThis is the prestigious annual fall symposium at this Washington, DC research center. Symposium participants include Lab Director Michael E. Smith, former ASU anthropology major Nawa Sugiyama, and many of the archaeologists from other universities who use our lab for their research at Teotihuacan.
Nov. 16-18, 20176th Mesa Redonda TeotihuacanTeotihuacanThe Mesa Redonda is a major conference held every few years with many participants who describe the wide variety of research at the site. ASU Research Professor Saburo Sugiyama is on thee organizing committee, and Lab Director Michael E. Smith will present a paper.

Sept. 30, 2017 --

Feb. 11, 2018

Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of FireDeYoung Museum, San FranciscoThe first major international museum exhibit on Teotihuacan held in the U.S. for more than a decade. This exhibit includes materials from ASU excavations at the Feathered Serpent Pyramid and the Pyramid of the Moon. ASU professors George Cowgill and Saburo Sugiyama are authors of chapters in the book that accompanies the exhibit.

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Teotihuacan temple

ASU lab digs deep into ancient city's past

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.

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Boxes from Teo lab

Taming Teo's teeming storeroom

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.

Researchers at Teo lab

A university lab for all

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.”

photo of feathered serpent sculpture from Teotihuacan


A secret tunnel may help solve mysteries of Teotihuacan

June 2016

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

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ASU Research Laboratory in San Juan Teotihuacan, Mexico

Museum Studies graduate students at Teotihuacan