The National Pre-Columbian Mural Heritage Conservation Program

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The National Pre-Columbian Mural Conservation Program was implemented in 2010 by the National Anthropology and History Institute’s Cultural Heritage Conservation division. [1] The National Anthropology and History Institute (INAH) “researches, preserves and disseminates the archaeological, anthropological, historical and paleontological nation to strengthen the identity and memory of what holds society.”[2] The program, designed to preserve Mexico’s Pre-Columbian mural paintings, has executed a number of projects since its launch. [1] The program has examined and executed work at 101 sites—covering 133 square meters—restoring pictorial manifestations that are of historical importance to Mexico. [1] The program set out to begin in a number of archaeological areas including: “Calakmul, Campeche; Tlatelolco, Mexico City; Cholula, Puebla, and Mayapan, Yucatan.”[3] Teotihuacan is another region where the INAH are promoting conservation, as it is believed that “‘this ancient city was one of the most decorated (with murals and paintings) of the ancient world.’”[4] Advancement in conservation…

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