María de Lourdes Toscano Hernández is appointed Director of the Kabah Archaeological Zone in Yucatán

Photo: INAH

By agreement with the federal Secretary of Culture, Alejandra Frausto Guerrero, the general director of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), Diego Prieto Hernández, appointed archaeologist María de Lourdes Toscano Hernández as the new head of the Kabah Archaeological Zone where, as a result of the Maya Train project, the Puuc Archaeological Museum will be built in Yucatán.

She is an archaeologist from the Universidad Veracruzana, and holds a Master’s degree in Architectural Research in the area of Conservation of Built Heritage from the Universidad de Yucatán.

Since 1982 she has worked as a researcher at the INAH Yucatan Center, where she has developed different studies focused on the knowledge of the construction systems of pre-Hispanic Maya architecture, construction sequences and architectural traditions. Currently, he is a member of the National Council of Archaeology.

Toscano Hernández has directed several restoration projects, mainly in archaeological sites of the Puuc region, among which stand out: The Palace of Labná, the Codz Pop of Kabah, the Palace of Sayil and the south building of the Quadrangle of the Birds, of Uxmal.

In addition, he has carried out conservation work on several groups of monumental architecture in Yaxuná and San Gervasio, on the island of Cozumel. Likewise, he directed the restoration works in the Casa de Ídolos Group, in Valle de Bravo, State of Mexico.

He has several publications highlighting the role of architecture as archaeological evidence and the importance of its study in order to carry out informed restoration interventions.

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