Mesoamerican Manuscripts

New Scientific Approaches and Interpretations


Mesoamerican Manuscripts: New Scientific Approaches and Interpretations brings together a wide range of modern approaches to the study of pre-colonial and early colonial Mesoamerican manuscripts. This includes innovative studies of materiality through the application of non-invasive spectroscopy and imaging techniques, as well as new insights into the meaning of these manuscripts and related visual art, stemming from a post-colonial indigenous perspective.

This cross- and interdisciplinary work shows on the one hand the value of collaboration of specialists in different field, but also the multiple viewpoints that are possible when these types of complex cultural expressions are approached from varied cultural and scientific backgrounds.

Contributors are: Omar Aguilar Sánchez, Paul van den Akker, Maria Isabel Álvarez Icaza Longoria, Frances F. Berdan, David Buti, Laura Cartechini, Davide Domenici, Laura Filloy Nadal, Alessia Frassani, Francesca Gabrieli, Maarten E.R.G.N. Jansen, Rosemary A. Joyce, Jorge Gómez Tejada, Chiara Grazia, David Howell, Virginia M. Lladó-Buisán, Leonardo López Luján, Raul Macuil Martínez, Manuel May Castillo, Costanza Miliani, María Olvido Moreno Guzmán, Gabina Aurora Pérez Jiménez, Araceli Rojas, Aldo Romani, Francesca Rosi, Antonio Sgamellotti, Ludo Snijders, and Tim Zaman.

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Maarten E.R.G.N. Jansen (PhD Leiden 1983) is Professor of Heritage of Indigenous Peoples at the Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University, The Netherlands. He is author of many studies about ancient Mexican art and history including The Mixtec Pictorial Manuscripts (Brill, 2011) and Time and the Ancestors (Brill 2017).

Virginia M. Lladó-Buisán is Head of Conservation and Collection Care at The Bodleian Libraries. She has collaborated with various experts on Mesoamerican Archaeology and Conservation Science, in order to advance the scientific study of Mexican manuscripts in the Bodleian collections.

Ludo Snijders (PhD Leiden 2016) is researcher at Leiden University. He has studied the cultural biography of Mesoamerican manuscripts and is specialised in the recovery of palimpsests through the application of non-invasive investigation techniques.
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1. The Codex Mendoza: Writing and Re-Writing ‘The Last Word’
Frances F. Berdan

2. The Codex Mendoza and the archaeology of Tenochtitlan
Leonardo López Luján

3. From “Rich Plumes” to War Accoutrements: Feathered Objects in the Codex Mendozaand Their Extant Representatives
Laura Filloy Nadal and María Olvido Moreno Guzmán

4. The Tlamatque and Codex Mendoza
Raul Macuil Martínez

5. Conquest, Growth and Evolution: Indigenist Discourse in the Codex Mendoza
Jorge Gómez Tejada

6. Exploring the materiality of Mesoamerican manuscripts by non-invasive spectroscopic methods: Codex Laud, Bodley, Selden, Mendoza and Selden Roll at the Bodleian Library
Chiara Grazia, David Buti, Laura Cartechini, Francesca Rosi, Francesca Gabrieli, Virginia M. Lladó-Buisán, Davide Domenici, Antonio Sgamellotti, Aldo Romani, and Costanza Miliani

7. Cultural and historical implications of non-destructive analyses on Mesoamerican codices in the Bodleian Libraries
Davide Domenici, Costanza Miliani, Antonio Sgamellotti

8. The Codex Laud and the Problem of Its Provenance
Ma. Isabel Álvarez Icaza Longoria

9. Mazatec chants and Mesoamerican codices
Alessia Frassani

10. Codex Yoalli Ehecatl as a book to interpret dreams
Araceli Rojas

11. The Dresden Codex and Contemporary K’iche’ Serpent Dance
Paul van den Akker
12. Maya literary traditions and present-day concerns. An indigenous reading of ancient manuscripts
Manuel May Castillo

13. Re-interpreting Ñuu Savi pictorial manuscripts from a Mixtec perspective. Linking past and present
Omar Aguilar Sánchez

14. The Birthday of Lord 8 Deer: chronological correlations in Mixtec history
Maarten E.R.G.N. Jansen and Gabina Aurora Pérez Jiménez

15. Imaging Mexican codices, challenges and opportunities
Tim Zaman, David Howell, and Ludo Snijders

16. Codex Yoho Yuchi, the text inside the Mixtec Codex Añute
Ludo Snijders

17. Reading Mixtec Manuscripts as Ceremonial Discourse: Historical and ideological background of Codex Añute (Selden)
Maarten E.R.G.N. Jansen and Gabina Aurora Pérez Jiménez

Materiality and Practice in the Study of Mexican Manuscripts
Rosemary A. Joyce

All interested in the history of precolonial and early colonial Mesoamerica, and anyone interested in the application of spectroscopy/imaging technology, or those interested in postcolonial and indigenous interpretations of cultural heritage.
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