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Saburo Sugiyama

“Urbanism, Arts, and Polity of Ancient Teotihuacan”

Saburo Sugiyama

Arizona State University, Pre-Columbian Studies Fellow, Fall

Sugiyama’s project is to write a book on Teotihuacan urbanization that compiles data from research projects that he codirected at the Feathered Serpent, the Moon, and the Sun Pyramids during the last 38 years. He discusses symbolism and functions of the monuments, urban life, social makeup, and state polity from holistic evolutionary perspectives. At Dumbarton Oaks, Sugiyama will be revisiting past excavation data and previous interpretations complementary to new information to explore city layout, monumentality, (sacrificial) rituals, arts, and social complexity at Teotihuacan and beyond, to better understand urbanism in the New World.

Saburo Sugiyama obtained his PhD from the Arizona State University, where he currently serves as a research professor. He is also a professor emeritus at Aichi Prefectural University, Japan. His research primarily focuses on, among other Mesoamerican sites, Teotihuacan, where he currently coordinates the Plaza of the Columns complex project as codirector. He received several awards and honors, including the H. B. Nicholson Award for Excellence in Mesoamerican Studies from Harvard University, the Commendation from the Minister of Foreign Affairs from the Japanese government, and the Research Award of Shanghai Archaeology Forum from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.