mr. L. (Ludo) Snijders MA

  • PhD candidate

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2727
Faculty / Department: Faculteit Archeologie, Archaeological Heritage, Heritage of Indigenous Peoples
Office Address: Van Steenis gebouw
Einsteinweg 2
2333 CC Leiden
Room number FLEX

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A Turbulent Life: A Material and Cultural Biography of the Mixtec Codex Selden
Supervisor:  Prof. Dr. M.E.R.G.N. Jansen


Ludo Snijders received his Research Master degree at Leiden University, specializing in the Archaeology of Mesoamerica. His thesis concerned the investigation of paints and colorants used in Mesoamerica, with the aid of non-invasive investigation techniques. He started his Phd research in April 2012.


The RMA research was to a large degree preparatory work for the current project. As part of the NWO (Science4Arts) funded research project headed by Prof. Dr. Maarten Jansen entitled Shedding Light on Endangered Mutual Heritage; Developing non-invasive imaging techniques to uncover, understand and preserve ancient Mexican pictorial manuscripts, Snijders will be trying to establish a material and cultural biography of a mid 16th century Mixtec manuscript, the Codex Selden. The corpus to which this book belongs is in itself of extreme value, as less than 20 manuscripts in pre-colonial style have survived the conquest of the Americas and the subsequent five centuries. However, Codex Selden is truly unique, as it is a palimpsest, having a layer of images hidden underneath the final writing surface. In collaboration with the TU Delft, the Italian MOLAB team (EU CHARISMA Project), the Museum Volkenkunde and the custodians of the Codex at the Bodleian Library, the objective is to recover the iconographic information hidden in this deeper layer, as well as come to a better understanding of its physical composition, without endangering the object itself. 
By recovering as much information as possible about the (re)production, (re)use but also its “life” in the European context, Snijders will attempt to come to a better understanding of the changes this object underwent physically. In combination with the study of historical sources, this will provide insight in the way people viewed and handled these objects and how this changed over time and in different contexts.

Last Modified: 01-02-2016