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León y Gama
Jay I. Kislak Foundation
Antonio de León y Gama,
Descripción histórica y cronológica de las dos piedras que con occasion del nueve empedrado que se está formando en la plaza principal de Mexico.

Mexico City: Felipe de Zúniga y Ontiveros, 1792.

In 1790, while digging up the zócalo of Mexico City as part of a drainage project, workers discovered stones which were thought to relate to the Aztec calendar. The discovery of these antiquities coincided with a rising crescendo of Mexican nationalism and thus had great symbolic value. As León y Gama describes them, the stones are works of art and genius on a par with any European creations. For him, the stones epitomize the cultural sophistication of the Aztecs and are icons to hurl back at the Spanish.

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