The city’s history and archeology museum was founded on the initiative of Mazatlan historian and journalist, José C. Valadés. One of the displays still features a selection of the excellent photographs he took of ancient Sinaloan sites and monuments such as the ulamas and the finds which arrived at the museum, alongside the important donation by the artist Carmen Parra, consisting of items from the shaft tombs of Nayarit and Jalisco, and material from the Comala tradition of Colima, the Tarascan Plateau, the Veracruz coastal plain and even from Teotihuacan and Tenochtitlan, as well as from its area of influence.
The Northeast Archeological Region was established in 1966 under the charge of archeologist Héctor Gálvez. The team he headed up and managed produced fruitful research based on the archeological remains of the Sinaloan sites of: Mezcales, Villa Unión, Siqueiros, El Walamo, Chametla and Escuinapa, and the Nayarit sites of: San Felipe, Tecuala, Las Varas and Centispac. Some of the key finds from these excavations are now in the museum’s collection. Among the valuable finds which came from Héctor Gálvez’s work is a tripod vessel which appears to represent a figure whose face is covered by the skin of a sacrificial victim; a feature shared with the two pre-Hispanic deities from Mexico: Xipe-Totec and Tlazolteotl, both closely linked to fertility, nevertheless the type of labrets and headdress lead the vessel to be interpreted as representing Tlazolteotl, the goddess of sexuality.
Colonia Centro Histórico, C.P. 82000,
Mazatlán, Sinaloa, México.
In the historic center of Mazatlan, the museum is half a block from the coastal promenade, and three and a half blocks from Plazuela Machado.
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