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October 2018

Symposium: “Ancient American Cultures: 500 Years after Aztec Tenochtitlan – Reality and Reconstruction” – SUNY College at Old Westbury

October 31, 2018 - November 1, 2018
SUNY College at Old Westbury, 223 Store Hill Road
Old Westbury, NY 11568
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SUNY College at Old Westbury Hispanic Latino Cultural Center presents Ancient American Cultures: 500 Years after Aztec Tenochtitlan – Reality and Reconstruction October 31–November 1, 2018 | 9:30–5:00 PM Multi-Purpose Room A Free and open to the public This symposium will present a dialog across the disciplines on all aspects of Pre-Columbian culture (as well as all Pre-Columbian cultures) and feature published researchers as well as younger scholars and professionals. Some of the proposed sessions will be workshop-style presentations on textiles, Maya glyphs and…

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November 2018

AIA-New York Society Lecture – Virginia Miller

November 5, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Explorers Society, 46 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021
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$5 – $25

Skeletons, Skulls, and Bones in the Art of Chichen Itza Virginia Miller, Professor Emerita, University of Illinois–Chicago Refreshments to precede lecture at 6:00 PM Explorers Club, 46 East 70th Street The Aztecs considered the bones of slain captives to be powerful, a belief probably shared by the earlier Maya: one Maya hieroglyph for “captive” translates as “bone”, for example. Nevertheless, during the Classic period (A.D. 300-900) at southern Maya sites like Tikal and Yaxchilán, war-related imagery focuses more on the…

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December 2018

PCSNY December Lecture – Jennifer Loughmiller-Cardinal

December 6, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Institute of Fine Arts–NYU, 1 East 78th Street
New York, New York 10075
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How Do You Make an Iguana Tamale? Jennifer Loughmiller-Cardinal PhD Candidate in Chemistry, University at Albany–SUNY Chii`k Naab Mural Painting, Calakmul, Maya, ca. 650–700 C.E. (photograph © UNESCO) The Classic Maya provided a vision of their world through the information left in hieroglyphic texts and images. While this vision is often limited to the lives of the elites and the divine, the idealized presentation does, at its root, indicate real behavior—real rituals, real foods, and real people and places. Although these…

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March 2019

Columbia University AOA Seminar – Lisa Trever (Columbia)

March 6 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
832 Schermerhorn Hall, Columbia University

Denaturalizing Moche Naturalism Lisa Trever, Lisa and Bernard Selz Associate Professor in Pre-Columbian Art and Archaeology, Columbia University Columbia University Seminar on the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas Lecture Wednesday, March 6, 2019 Reception at 6:00 PM / Lecture at 6:30 PM NOTE: Seating is extremely limited. RSVP to Sophia Ariel Merkin (sam2192@columbia.edu) The ancient Moche artists of coastal Peru have long been lauded in art historical and archaeological scholarship for their abilities to recreate living forms in…

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PCSNY March lecture – Robert M. Rosenswig

March 14 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Institute of Fine Arts–NYU, 1 East 78th Street
New York, New York 10075
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The Izapa Kingdom and Its Neighbors Robert M. Rosenswig Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology and Director, Institute of Institute for Mesoamerican Studies University at Albany–SUNY Lidar Image of Kingdom of Izapa, 2018 (photograph courtesy of Izapa Regional Settlement Project) The largest of a network of early kingdoms on the Pacific coast of southern Mesoamerica, Izapa provides insight into the origins of urban life and hierarchical political relations. Izapa's impressive architecture and carved monuments have led to speculation about the nature…

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Lecture and Tasting: “The Social Life of Cacao: A Conversation and Tasting”

March 21 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

The Mesoamerican Studies Group will like to invite you to The Social Life of Cacao: A Conversation and Tasting Thursday, March 21, 6:30 p.m. The Graduate Center, CUNY Brockway Room, 6402 Featuring a talk by Dr. Cameron L. McNeil: "The Importance of Cacao among the Pre-Columbian and Modern Maya," and a chocolate tasting at the end, hosted by Mark Christian.

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April 2019

AIA–New York Society Lecture – Terence N. D’Altroy (Columbia)

April 1 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
612 Schermerhorn Hall, Columbia University, 1190 Amsterdam Ave
New York, 10028
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The Cosmopolitics of Inka Imperial Rule Terence N. D'Altroy Loubat Professor of American Archaeology Department of Anthropology, Columbia University In the last century or so before the Spanish invasion of 1532, the Inkas created the largest empire ever seen in the independent Americas. As the Inkas saw it, humanity shared the world with living ancestors and a social space populated by sentient mountains, living rock, and willful water—and a past that never went away. This talk explores how they sought…

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PCSNY April lecture – Thomas B. F. Cummins

April 4 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Institute of Fine Arts–NYU, 1 East 78th Street
New York, New York 10075
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Chiminigagua's Luminous and Resplendent World: The Art and Architecture of the Muisca Thomas B. F. Cummins Dumbarton Oaks Professor of Pre-Columbian and Colonial Art Harvard University Unknown Muisca Artist, Bird Pendant, 10th–16th century, Colombia. Gold, 10.2 x 11.1 x 1.9 cm. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1979.206.509 Colombia has one of America's richest pre-Columbian artistic traditions, especially gold work. This talk will examine the intersection between architectural spaces, metalworking, textiles, and rock art of the Muisca (CE 1200–1500).…

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Yale Archaeology Lecture – Richard Lunniss (Universidad Técnica de Manabí)

April 5 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

“The Burial Program at Salango, Ecuador, in the Very Early Regional Development Period” Dr. Richard Lunniss, of the Universidad Técnica de Manabí, Portoviejo, Ecuador. Religious responses to natural disasters are an emerging focus of archaeological study in the Andean region and elsewhere. A case in point is Salango, a sacred center of the coast of Ecuador that lay on the margin of an area severely impacted by a volcanic ash fall deriving from an eruption in the highlands 300 km to…

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PCSWDC lecture – Leah Bright (NMAI)

April 5 @ 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm
Charles Sumner School, 17th & M Streets, N.W.
Washington, DC, 20036 United States
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Pre-Columbian Society of Washington DC April Lecture "New Analyses of a Codex and a Lienzo from the National Museum of the American Indian Collection” Leah Bright, MS, National Museum of the American Indian Two mid-16th century Mexican pictographic documents in the collection of the National Museum of the American Indian, a codex on amate paper from the Valley of Mexico and a lienzo on a large cotton textile from Puebla, have been well studied by historians and archaeologists yet have…

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