September 6, 1857
April 12, 1933
Casa de Alvarado, Coyoacán, Mexico
|Known for||Mexican archaeology|
|Children||Nadine Nuttall Laughton|
|Parents||Robert Kennedy Nuttall, Magdalena Parrott|
- Life 1
- References 2
- Works 3
- References 4
- External links 5
- See also 6
Nuttall was born at San Francisco in 1857. She specialised in pre-Columbian Mesoamerican manuscripts and the pre-Aztec culture in Mexico. She traced the Mixtec codex now called the Codex Zouche-Nuttall and wrote the introduction to its first facsimile publication.
She was educated in France, Germany, and Italy, and at Bedford College, London. She first came into prominence on the publication of her work on the "Terra Cotta Heads of Teotihuacan" in the American Journal of Archaeology (1886). The following year she became an honorary special assistant of the Peabody Museum, and in 1908 was named honorary professor of the National Museum of Mexico.
- (Peabody Museum, Harvard), 1902
- Nuttall, Zelia (1891). The atlatl or spear-thrower of the ancient Mexicans. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Peabody Museum of American Archaeology and Ethnology.
- Nuttall, Zelia (1901) . The fundamental principles of Old and New World civilizations : a comparative research based on a study of the Ancient Mexican religious, sociological and calendrical systems. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Peabody Museum of American Archaeology and Ethnology.
- Nuttall, Zelia (1983) . The book of the life of the ancient Mexicans : containing an account of their rites and superstitions : an anonymous Hispano-Mexican manuscript preserved at the Biblioteca nazionale centrale, Florence, Italy. Berkeley: University of California Press.
- Nuttall, Zelia (1904) . A Penitential Rite of the Ancient Mexicans. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The Museum.
- Nuttall, Zelia (1910). The island of Sacrificios. New Era Printing Co., 1910, 39pp. (Reprinted from: American Anthropologist, vol. XII, no. 2, April–June 1910.) OCLC 29606682
- Nuttall, Zelia; Pedro Sarmiento de Gamboa; Nuno da Silva (1914) . New Light on
- Chiñas, Beverley Newbold (1989). "Zelia Maria Magdalena Nuttall". In Ute Gacs, Aisha Khan, Jerrie McIntyre, and Ruth Weinberg (eds.). Women Anthropologists: Selected Biographies (Illini Books edition, Reprint of Westport, CT: Greenwood Press original [©1988]. ed.). Urbana:
- Zelia Nuttall's obituary by Alfred M. Tozzer on American Ethnography. (The obituary originally appeared in American Anthropologist July - September, 1933, New Series 35(3): 475-482.)
Nuttall's life and work was chronicled in Amanda Adams' book Ladies Of The Field