Eduardo Matos Moctezuma is the winner of the Princess of Asturias Award for Social Sciences 2022, endowed with 50,000 euros and which failed its XLII edition in Oviedo. He distinguishes the Mexican archaeologist "for his exceptional contribution to the knowledge of pre-Hispanic societies and cultures."
With its ruling, "the jury wants to recognize the extraordinary intellectual rigor of the winner to reconstruct the civilizations of Mexico and Mesoamerica, and to ensure that said heritage is incorporated objectively and free of any myth."
The ruling highlights his work in Tula, Teotihuacán and, especially, in the Templo Mayor of Tenochtitlan, constitute, "due to the intensity and continuity of field research, exemplary pages of the scientific development of archeology and fruitful dialogue with the past , between different cultures and between the social and human sciences».
He is also distinguished "for his scientific intelligence, for his outreach capacity and for his social commitment". "Eduardo Matos Moctezuma and his work serve as inspiration for the next generations of social scientists and citizens," the ruling said.
A total of 25 candidates from 16 nationalities opt for this award, which is granted to "the creative and research work of history, law, linguistics, pedagogy, political science, psychology, sociology, ethics, philosophy , geography, economics, demography and anthropology, as well as the disciplines corresponding to each of these areas.
Emilio Lamo de Espinosa presided over the jury of which Marta Elvira Rojo, Paz Battaner, Javier Echeverria, Juan Pablo Fusi, Mauro Guillen, Oscar Loureda, Araceli Mangas, Manuel Menendez, Jaime Montalvo, Montserrat Moreno, Jaime Perez, Rafael Puyol and Fernando Vallespin formed part . . . .
The Princess of Asturias Awards are intended to distinguish "the scientific, technical, cultural, social and humanitarian work carried out by people, institutions, groups of people or institutions in the international arena".