Temple platforms

Pyramid of th sun? But there are filled-in test pits...

And open test pits...

At the top of the Pyramid of the Sun after a minor asthma attack

Man taking a rest on the Pyramid of the Sun

Plaza de las Tres Culturas

The many phases of construction. Several phases of the Aztec temple destroyed after the conquest of Cortes. 16th century church built from the stones of the Aztec temple

Detail of a dated panel

Steps of the church damaged by the 1985 earthquake


On the 2nd October 1968, an unknown number of students were massacred in the plaza by the Mexican army and police. 10 days later Mexico held the opening ceremony for the 1968 Olympics.

Templo Mayor

Right in the historic centre of Mexico City is the archaeological site of Templo Mayor. Templo Mayor is what remains of Tenochtitlan’s main temple. Below… Feathered serpant and chacmool, still showing original pigments.

Miscellaneous from Coyacan

Begging in Mexico

Sunday walk down Pro Reforma. Mothers and children dressed as clowns begging for money. One family were taking a break on stone bench. The mother took a long drag of her cigarette.

Police on rollerbades

Shiny things in the National Museum of Anthropology

So many shiny things…

Scale models

Thematic maps


Cranial binding

Two steps to make a Clare happy…

World class museum like the Museo Nacional de Antropología and/or artefacts

Good cake

Happy Clare!

Another day, another demostration in Mexico City

We saw several protests and rallies in Mexico City. They included protests for releasing alleged religious prisoners, justice in education and retired soldier pensions. Whenever there was a protest there was a huge influx in police. Large personnel carriers would park in the backstreets and police would be carrying riot gear and standing in lines of 20 or 30. In the morning of the 30-31st rally there were more police than demosnstraters. On a non eventful day, three policemen can be found on any street corner in the Zocalo. Some patrol the pedestrian thoroughfares on segways.

27th January protest along Republica de Brazil

Rally in the Zocalo (30-31st January)

One of at least ten police transports watching the rally

The blurry figure to the right of the pink blur is a policeman riding a segway

First Night in Mexico City

21 January

We said goodbye to Merida after too short a stay. I hope to get back some day. After all, I completely missed Uxmal and a dozen other archaeological sites. Have arrived in Mexico City. Am beginning to appreciate the term ‘mega-city.’ I think I might take advantage of the hop on hop off bus until I get my bearings.

We are staying at the Casa de los Amigos (http://www.casadelosamigos.org/). For now it is comfortable and communal and full of cheerful Quakers doing community outreach programs. The library on the top floor was the studio of muralist José Clemente Orozco.

We walked through the historic centre tonight and it was thronging with people full of delightfully gentrified shops like McDonalds, up market frozen yoghurt, jewelery, bookshops etc. Lots of restaurants. Also museums and art galleries. The buildings (in
which the shops and museums are found) are beautiful and ornate.