The first vitrine is in position! We ultimately decided to install the vitrines first, and then to construct the replica features (a hearth and an altar) into the vitrines once they were positioned in the museum.
Rather than make our own adobe bricks, as we only needed three, we decided to scavenge some from an old adobe house in Joel's backyard. The house was used until a few decades ago.
Before actually constructing the replica altar, we laid out the ceramic fragments. Luckily, at 50cm x 50cm the linoleum floor squares were almost exactly the same size as the altar.
Joel and Isidro mix dirt with water and cactus sap. This mimics a technique that was used in the past and makes a durable (concrete-like) construction material.
Isidro and Joel make final touches to the vitrines and displays the day before the opening ceremony for the exhibit.
The day of the exhibit opening—and just before the doors open—the display has come together beautifully.
This vitrine contains the objects recovered in a large ritual deposit that may have been associated with a New Fire Ceremony.
Dr. Farah addresses the opening ceremony attendees, which included many people from the town of Xaltocan but also from nearby towns in the greater municipality (Nextlalpan).