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Maria Elena Bernal-Garcia was born in Mexico City, obtaining her Ph.D. degree in Precolumbian Art History from the University of Texas at Austin in 1993. Her studies included a minor at the B.A. level on Cultural Anthropology, and a minor in Cultural Linguistics at the Ph.D. level. After the experience of contributing with the Urban Design Commission of Pima County, Arizona, in 1986, she fused her interests in the Mesoamerican holy mountain and urban planning to study the symbolism of that icon in Mesoamerica's sacred geography and urbanscape.

 

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