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April 2017

PCSNY April Lecture—Mary E. Miller

April 13 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
NYU Institute of Fine Arts, 1 E. 78th St.
New York, NY 10075 United States
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The Pre-Columbian Society of New York invites you to join us for our April lecture: Were They Enslaved? Maya Figurines from Jaina and Beyond Mary E. Miller Sterling Professor of History of Art / Senior Director, Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage, Yale University Figurines from the island of Jaina, long admired for their lifelike, poignant, and sometimes-amusing characteristics, reveal a complexity of Maya social life, especially for women, rarely seen in other media, such as painted ceramics or monumental sculpture.…

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May 2017

Symposium: “The Americas at The Met”

May 5 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10028 United States
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Free

The Metropolitan Museum of Art presents The Spring Fellows Colloquia: The Americas at The Met Friday, May 5, 2017 (10:00 am–1:30 pm) SESSION 1       10:00 A.M. Moche Metals at The Met: Ideology, Iconography, and Technology Alicia Boswell, Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Cultures of Conservation, sponsored by the Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture, and hosted by Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas “Sounding out” the Technology and Performance of…

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September 2017

PCSNY September lecture

September 14 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
NYU Institute of Fine Arts, 1 E. 78th St.
New York, NY 10075 United States
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Migration or Imitation? The Anomalous Appearance of Maya-Style Murals at the Central Mexican Site of Cacaxtla Andrew D. Turner Postdoctoral Associate in Art of the Ancient Americas, Yale University Art Gallery Since their discovery in the mid 1970s, the Maya-style murals of Cacaxtla, Tlaxcala (AD 600–900) have challenged notions of Mesoamerican cultures as regionally bounded and immobile. Located some 450 miles (700 km) from the nearest Maya site, the murals have been considered by some to be the result of…

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SYMPOSIUM: Pre-Columbian Society of Washington, D.C.

September 16
U.S. Navy Memorial & Naval Heritage Center, 701 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C.,
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THE PRE-COLUMBIAN HERITAGE OF THE NATIONAL PARK SYSTEM This one-day symposium will be held on Saturday, September 16, 2017. The meeting begins promptly at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 5:45 p.m. Doors open at 8:15 a.m. SYMPOSIUM OVERVIEW Join us as we explore the amazing pre-Columbian legacy of the U.S. National Park System.  Seven specialists, drawn from academia and the National Park Service itself, will reveal the varied and deep past of our national heritage, from monumental Eastern earthworks to massive…

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October 2017

PCSWDC October Lecture – Washington, DC

October 13 @ 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: October Lecture "Incidence of Travel: Recent Journeys in Ancient South America"  Jerry D. Moore, PhD, California State University Dominguez Hills. Archaeological literature originates with travel narratives—accounts by natural historians and engaged travelers—but today narrative is largely absent in the articles, reports, and monographs we archaeologists produce. In my new book, I argue that there is room within our scholarship for the reincorporation of narrative, particularly as a manner of engaging with a broader reading audience.…

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Pre-Columbian Society of the Penn Museum – Oct. lecture

October 14 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Penn Museum (Philadelphia) – Nevil classroom (2nd floor) + Google Map

Pre-Columbian Society of the Penn Museum October Lecture "Maya Markets, Merchants, and the Muddle in Our Model" Eleanor King, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology, Howard University October 14, 1:30 PM Until recently, most archaeologists doubted that the prehispanic Maya had markets prior to the Postclassic, C.E 900-1500; very late in their history, just before the Spanish arrived. That may seem odd, as markets occur in most cultures around the world. This scholarly position was shaped…

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PCSNY October Lecture

October 26 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
NYU Institute of Fine Arts, 1 E. 78th St.
New York, NY 10075 United States
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Cosmic Order and Inka Rule Terence N. D'Altroy Loubat Professor of American Archaeology & Director of the Center for Archaeology Columbia University Many discussions of Inka rule focus on the domination of millions of people, by imposing military control, establishing sustainable governance, and building a vast support infrastructure. Equally important, however, were the efforts the Inkas made to impose their own notions of cosmic and social order on the world at large. This talk explores how the Inkas thought the world worked…

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November 2017

UPenn Museum lecture: “Evolutionary Genomic Dynamics of Peruvians before, during, and after the Inca Empire”

November 4 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Penn Museum (Philadelphia) – Room 345 + Google Map

November 4, 1:30 PM Pre-Columbian Society of the Penn Museum of Archaeology November Lecture "The Evolutionary Genomic Dynamics of Peruvians Before, During, and After the Inca Empire" Daniel Harris, PhD Candidate, O'Connor Lab; Graduate Program in Molecular Medicine Program in Personalized and Genomic Medicine, Institute for Genome Sciences University of Maryland School of Medicine The Andean region of Peru experienced a dynamic pre-Columbian history which culminated with the Inca Empire. Following the Inca, Spanish conquerors ruled Peru for nearly 300…

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PCSNY November Lecture

November 9 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
NYU Institute of Fine Arts, 1 E. 78th St.
New York, NY 10075 United States
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Touch and Tactility in Ancient Maya Art Megan O'Neil Associate Curator of Art of the Ancient Americas Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) This talk examines how the sense of touch is invoked or stimulated in ancient Maya art and writing and in the experience of things. The approach is multifaceted, looking to the pictorial, epigraphic, and archaeological records. To this end, the talk studies images of people holding or touching things, explores the emphasis in Maya writing on…

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Lecture: “Ritual Regalia of the Ancient Moche” feat. Alicia Boswell – Nov. 12, 3:00 PM

November 12 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

November 12, 3:00 PM Archaeology Society of Staten Island & Wagner College Lecture "Ritual Regalia of the Ancient Moche” Dr. Alicia Boswell In the last thirty years archaeological investigations on the north coast of Peru have produced a wealth of new information leading to nuances in our understanding of Moche sociopolitical organization (AD 200-800). These discoveries have included excavations of intact tombs of Moche male and female elites, interred with their ritual regalia and other grave goods. Metal ornaments made…

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