About this Fellow
Leonardo López Luján is a Mexican archaeologist and director of the Templo Mayor Project of Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH). He holds a bachelor's degree in archaeology from Mexico's Escuela Nacional de Antropología e Historia and a doctorate from the Université de Paris X-Nanterre. Throughout his academic life, he has served as a visiting professor at the Sorbonne, the Università di Roma, the École Pratique des Hautes Études in Paris, and the Universidad Francisco Marroquín of Guatemala. He has been also a guest researcher at Princeton University, the Musée du quai Branly, Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, and the Institut d'études avancées de Paris. Since 1988, he has been a senior researcher at INAH in Mexico City. In recent years he has been elected member of the Academia Mexicana de Ciencias (AMC), the Academia Mexicana de la Historia, the British Academy, and the Society of Antiquaries of London for his contributions in Mesoamerican studies. He was given the Social Sciences Award by the AMC, and the Guggenheim Fellowship. In 2015 he received the Shanghai Archaeology Forum Award as the director of one of the ten best archaeological research programs in the world in the last three years.
- Senior researcher and Director of the Proyecto Templo Mayor, Museo del Templo Mayor, Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia
- Resident, Other Foreign Institutions, 1970
The evolution of early human advanced capabilities; origins and development of design form and proportion in artefacts; investigation of early hominin fire use and its effects
The archaeology, bioarchaeology and geoarchaeology of Neolithic Europe, reasearch into historic landscapes and cultural heritage preservation