Women in STEM advent calendar: Day 21 – Zelia Nuttall

This winter, we are celebrating the festive season by honouring 25 amazing women in STEM, some of which you might not know of!

Zelia Nuttall

Archaeologist and anthropologist
6 Sep 1857 – 12 Apr 1933

Zelia Nuttall was a Mexican-American archaeologist who rescued, translated and published pre-Columbian Mesoamerican manuscripts. She also studied small terracotta heads from Teotihuacan, and discovered a site of human sacrifice on the Isla de Sacrificios. She challenged the idea that ancient Mexicans were “bloodthirsty savages”, and advocated for Mexicans to reclaim their indigenous heritage.

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Day 20 – Ellen Hutchins


Posted in Advent 2018.