Mexico awarded for cultural conservation

6th Nov 2012

Mexico has been handed a Unesco award in recognition of its efforts to study and protect its most culturally important sites.

The National Anthropology and History Institute won the medal for its research and conservation work, the Mexican Government has announced.

The organisation educates visitors and Mexicans about the country's history and unique culture, using a range of approaches, including archaeology, anthropology and history, according to institute director Alfonso de Maria y Campos.

The institute was set up more than 70 years ago by President Lazaro Cardenas, with the aim of promoting and protecting historically sensitive sites across Mexico.

The prize-giving ceremony took place at Chapultepec Castle, Mexico City. The famous castle was a sacred Aztec site, then an imperial palace. It is currently home to Mexico's National History Museum.

Other award winners included Texas University scholar David Stuart, the publication Arqueologia Mexicana and the late Spanish archaeologist Enrique Nalda, who worked in Mexico.

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