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April 2019

PCSWDC lecture – Leah Bright (NMAI)

April 5, 2019 @ 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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May 2019

PCSNY May lecture – Richard Diehl

May 10, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Institute of Fine Arts–NYU, 1 East 78th Street
New York, New York 10075
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Water in Ancient Mesoamerican Life and Cosmovision Richard A. Diehl Professor Emeritus, Department of Anthropology University of Alabama Unknown Nahua artist, Chalchiuhtlicue (Goddess of Water), Preconquest or Early Colonial. Codex Borbonicus, p. 5. Screenfold manuscript, panel 39 x 39.5 cm. Bibliothèque de l'Assemblée Nationale, Paris. Water is essential for all life, including humans. Today we attempt to control water primarily through technological approaches. Ancient Mesoamericans employed both technology and religious beliefs and practices to obtain an abundant supply of this precious liquid. My…

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September 2019

PCSNY September Lecture – Oswaldo Chinchilla

September 12, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Institute of Fine Arts–NYU, 1 East 78th Street
New York, New York 10075
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American Pompeii: A Collection at the AMNH and the Archaeology of the Antigua Guatemala Valley Oswaldo Chinchilla Mazariegos Associate Professor of Anthropology, Yale University Figure of Woman and Child, from Finca Pompeya, Guatemala, cat. no. 30/5573. American Museum of Natural History, New York. Photograph by Oswaldo Chinchilla Mazariegos. ABSTRACT 1898 has been called “the greatest year” of New York City, marked by the unification of the boroughs and a generalized expansion. The American Museum of Natural History was also in…

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Lisa Lucero: A Cosmology of Conservation

September 20, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Columbia Center for Archaeology Lecture Series LECTURE PROFESSOR LISA J. LUCERO University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign "A COSMOLOGY OF CONSERVATION: DIVERSE AND SUSTAINABLE RESOURCE MANAGEMENT AMONG THE ANCIENT MAYA 951 Schermerhorn Extension, Columbia University Friday, 20th September 2019 4.10pm ALL WELCOME The southern lowland Maya maintained a sustainable relationship with a biodiverse tropical environment for millennia.  They co-existed with nature.  This relationship endured even when population peaked c. 600-800 CE (Late Classic).  This co-existence was possible due to the diverse strategies…

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PCSWDC Annual Symposium – Saturday, September 21, 2019

September 21, 2019
U.S. Navy Memorial and Naval Heritage Center DC United States + Google Map
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Announcement September 21 Symposium of Pre-Columbian Society of Washington, DC: “Ancient Mesoamerica through 21st Century Science” The Pre-Columbian Society of Washington, DC will hold its annual, day-long symposium at the U.S. Navy Memorial and Naval Heritage Center in downtown Washington on September 21, 2019.  This year's symposium will focus on breakthroughs in the frontiers of archaeological knowledge and practice, and will examine how exciting new technologies--including (but not limited to) LIDAR, 3-D imaging, forensic laboratory analysis, and the latest techniques for…

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October 2019

Columbia University AAOA Seminar

October 3, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
832 Schermerhorn Hall, Columbia University

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY SEMINAR ON THE ARTS OF AFRICA, OCEANIA, AND THE AMERICAS Severin Morris Fowles Associate Professor of Anthropology, Barnard College, Columbia University     The Curious Case of Coronado’s Shields:                    Towards an Iconology of Pueblo Visual Culture on the Eve of Spanish Colonialism In 1540, Francisco Vázquez de Coronado marched forth to conquer, he hoped, the golden kingdoms that were rumored to exist on the far northern frontier of the Spanish Trans-Atlantic Empire. He encountered instead the Pueblo communities of what is today New Mexico and Arizona.…

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PCSNY October Lecture – Louise M. Burkhart

October 18, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Institute of Fine Arts–NYU, 1 East 78th Street
New York, New York 10075
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This Tortilla is my Body: The Last Supper in Eighteenth-Century Nahuatl Passion Plays Louise M. Burkhart Professor of Anthropology, University at Albany-SUNY Alonso de Molina, Confessionario mayor, en lengua mexicana y castellana, Mexico: Antonio de Espinosa, 1565, 73r. (archive.org; John Carter Brown Library, Brown University) ABSTRACT Colonial Nahuatl Passion plays relived the sequence of events from Jesus Christ’s triumphal entrance into Jerusalem to his agonizing and bloody death. Given Mesoamerican ritual traditions of deity embodiment and sacrifice, for an Indigenous man to…

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NMAI-NY Taino Exhibit Tour with Lawrence Waldron, Ph.D

October 26, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
National Museum of the American Indian-Heye Foundation

The National Museum of the American Indian-Heye Foundation Invites you to meet Dr. Lawrence Waldron Queens College, CUNY and author of Pre-Columbian Art of the Caribbean for a tour of  Taino: Native Heritage and Identity in the Caribbean Tours will begin at 11 a.m./1:30 p.m./3 p.m.    

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December 2019

PCSNY December Lecture – Michelle Young

December 12, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Institute of Fine Arts–NYU, 1 East 78th Street
New York, New York 10075
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What Was Chavín? New Perspectives from the Edge of the Andean World Michelle Young Ph.D Candidate in Anthropology, Yale University; Pre-Columbian Studies Junior Fellow, Dumbarton Oaks Ceramic vessel fragment decorated with applique, incision and cinnabar pigment. Atalla (Huancavelica, Peru), 800–500 BC. Photograph by Michelle Young. ABSTRACT For the past century, Chavín has drawn the fascination of both art historians and archaeologists as one of South America’s most mysterious “civilizations.” As the earliest widespread cultural phenomenon in the Andes, it has…

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January 2020

PCSNY January Lecture – Elena Phipps

January 30 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Institute of Fine Arts–NYU, 1 East 78th Street
New York, New York 10075
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Andean Textile Traditions: Materials, Materiality, and Culture Elena Phipps Lecturer, World Arts and Culture, UCLA; Senior Museum Scholar, The Metropolitan Museum of Art Detail from panel with stepped design. Peru, North Coast. Late Intermediate Period, 1150–1450 CE. Camelid hair warp and weft (S-spun), discontinuous warp and weft, plain weave with interlocking joins. 146 x 145 cm. Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of the Neutrogena Corporation, X94.27.11. (Photograph by Elena Phipps) ABSTRACT The development of rich and complex Andean textile traditions…

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