Aztec Empire featured in premiere of anthropology lecture series

The fall of the Aztecs, a pre-Columbian American empire, will be featured in David S. Anderson's lecture, "Conquest and Revolution: The Fall of the Aztec Empire" in Whitt 204 on Oct. 22 at noon.

"Conquest and Revolution" will be the first of the four-part Worlds of Ancient Mexico Lecture Series by Anderson, an adjunct faculty member in the departments of anthropological sciences and sociology.

"These were a rich and powerful people about whom we know a lot, and the history is a very different story than that which is commonly told and understood," Anderson said.

Anderson, an archaeologist who has worked in Mexico since 1999, recently spent a month in Central Mexico studying the Aztec codices, indigenous books predating the Spanish conquest of Central America, as part of a National Endowment of Humanities grant.

The Worlds of Ancient Mexico lecture schedule is:

Conquest and Revolution: The Fall of the Aztec Empire – Wed., Oct. 22

Love and Betrayal: The Legend of Lord 8 Deer and Lady 6 Monkey – Wed., Oct. 29

Force and Finesse: Power in the Ancient City of Teotihuacan - Wed., Nov. 5

Past and Present: Visions of Aztlan - Wed., Nov. 12

All lectures will be in Whitt 204. They are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Anderson at


David S. Anderson at Teotihuacan

Oct 14, 2014