July 19, 2017

Zelia Maria Magdalena Nuttall (September 6, 1857 – April 12, 1933) was an American archaeologist and anthropologist. Nuttall was born at San Francisco in 1857 to Dr. Robert Kennedy Nuttall and Magdalena Parrott. She specialised in pre-ColumbianMesoamerican 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). She was appointed Special Assistant of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard, and was named Honorary Professor of Archaeology at the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico.

She was the basis for D.H. Lawrence's character Mrs. Norris in his novel The Plumed Serpent.

Source: Wikipedia