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A Guide to the Mariano Bárcena Manuscript

Finding aid created by Dept. Staff

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections
July 2007

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Bárcena, Mariano, 1842-1899
Title: Mariano Bárcena Manuscript
Dates: 1895
Abstract: Manuscript written by Mariano Bárcena entitled "El Hombre Prehistorico en Mexico" (Prehistoric Man in Mexico).
Extent: 0.01 Linear feet. 1 item (11 pages).
Identification: MSS 0452
Language(s): English
Online Content Items from this collection have been digitized and are available online in the UF Digital Collections. For more information please see the note below.

Scope and Content

Manuscript written by Mariano Bárcena in 1895 entitled "El Hombre Prehistorico en Mexico" (Prehistoric Man in Mexico). The 11-page document is written by Bárcena, while serving as Honorary Professor of Paleontology at the National Museum, and is addressed to Joaquin Baranda. It pertains to the discovery of prehistoric animal bones in an archeological site and possible human contact with said animals. Bárcena also discusses early man in the Mexican valley. He explains that tradition, codices, ancient chronicles and an 1881 Bulletin report a large volcanic eruption in ancient Mexico. The manuscript lists the research history of the bones, culminating in a paper and presentation to the Sociedad Mexicana de Historia Natural. It also mentions that the National Museum holds items that he excavated in 1879 and 1881, including human bones, ceramics, gold, etc.

Access or Use Restrictions


The collection is open for research.

Administrative Information

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Mariano Bárcena Manuscript, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Selected Subjects and Access Terms

Paleontology -- Mexico.

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