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March 2021

PCSNY March 9 lecture – George Lau

March 9, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Institute of Fine Arts–NYU, 1 E. 78th Street
New York, United States
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An Offering Context at Pashash (A.D. 200–600): Camelid Imagery and the Lordly Commitment in the Ancient Americas George Lau Reader, Archaeology of the Americas Sainsbury Research Unit for the Arts of Africa, Oceania & the Americas University of East Anglia, Norwich Recuay ceramic vessel depicting warrior lord and camelid, ca. A.D. 500. Collection of the Municipality of Chacas, Peru. Photograph by George Lau. For studying early Andean peoples when camelids became increasingly incorporated into social and political life, there is…

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PCSNY March 24 lecture – Vera Tiesler

March 24, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Institute of Fine Arts–NYU, 1 E. 78th Street
New York, United States
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Heads, Skulls, and Sacred Scaffolds: New Insights on Late Maya Ritual Practices at Chichen Itzá (and Beyond) Vera Tiesler Research Professor and Coordinator of Bioarchaeology Laboratory Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán, Mérida Northeastern corner of Chichen Itza's major tzompantli platform. Photograph by Vera Tiesler. Although violence has been abundantly recorded in Maya iconography, only the last two decades of scholarship have seen methodological and interpretive strides towards a more nuanced study of ancient sacrificial practices involving humans. Recent revisions of the human mortuary record…

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April 2021

PCSNY April 12 Lecture – Andrew Finegold

April 12, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Institute of Fine Arts–NYU, 1 E. 78th Street
New York, United States
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Metonymy in Mesoamerican Art Andrew Finegold Assistant Professor of Visual Culture of the Ancient Americas University of Illinois at Chicago Late Classic Maya Codex-style plate from the Mirador Basin, northern Petén (Guatemala) or southern Campeche (Mexico), ca. 680–750 CE. Slipped ceramic, diam. 32 cm (12 5/8 in.). Boston Museum of Fine Arts, 1993.565. Photograph by Justin Kerr, K1892. In ancient Mesoamerica, images often directly responded to the forms, materials, or functions of their supports, or otherwise implicated their physical and social…

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September 2021

PCSNY September 13 Lecture- Jesper Nielsen

September 13, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Institute of Fine Arts–NYU, 1 East 78th Street
New York, New York 10075
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Connecting the Dots: Teotihuacan's Imperial Presence in Early Classic Mesoamerica, c A.D. 350-550 Jesper Nielsen  Associate Professor and Head of Studies, Department of Cross Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen One of the striding Teotihuacan warriors represented in the polychromatic murals from the site of El Rosario (Queretaro). The mural program has fundamentally changed our view on Teotihuacan’s imperial expansion to the north (photo © Proyecto Arqueológico El Rosario). In this talk, I discuss current knowledge of what may…

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October 2021

PCSNY October 12 Lecture–Kim Richter

October 12, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Institute of Fine Arts–NYU, 1 E. 78th Street
New York, United States
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Gobernantes de piedra: A Reinterpretation of Postclassic Huastec Sculptures Kim Richter, Senior Research Specialist, Getty Research Institute Female stone sculpture found in the community of Hidalgo Amajac, in the municipality of Álamo Temapache, Veracruz, on New Year’s Day. Photo courtesy of María Eugenia Maldonado Vite. Abstract: The year 2021 began with surprising archaeological news—a welcome distraction from the doom and gloom of the pandemic: a spectacular Huastec sculpture had been found in the community of Hidalgo Amajac, in the municipality…

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November 2021

PCSNY November 9 Lecture–Nawa Sugiyama

November 9, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
NYU Institute of Fine Arts (held via Zoom)
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The Power and Agency of Corporal Animal Forms:                                                                     Ritualized Animals from Copan, Honduras Nawa Sugiyama, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Riverside Jaguar (Panthera onca) cranium from Altar Q, Copan, Honduras.    Photograph: N. Sugiyama.   Abstract: Throughout Mesoamerica, corporal animal forms (a term encompassing…

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January 2022

PCSNY January 26, 2022 lecture–Dan Sandweiss

January 26 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

New Flavors and Old Responses: El Niño, Disaster, and Resilience on the Coast of Peru Daniel Sandweiss, Professor of Anthropology and Quaternary and Climate Studies, Cooperating Professor of Earth and Climate Sciences and Global Policy, University of Maine "Evidence" of El Niño discovered near Punta Balcones on Peru's far north coast. Photo by Daniel H. Sandweiss Abstract: El Niño is a recurrent perturbation of world class. Although centered in the Pacific Basin, it influences much of global climate, even the…

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February 2022

PCSNY February 9 lecture–Lisa DeLeonardis

February 9 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Institute of Fine Arts–NYU, 1 E. 78th Street
New York, United States
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Storytelling in the Round: Architectural Form and Motif in Paracas Sculptural Ceramics Lisa DeLeonardis, Austen-Stokes Professor in Art of the Ancient Americas in the Department of the History of Art, Johns Hopkins University Paracas Cavernas Artist, Ceremonial Vessel, earthenware with incision and post-fired paint, 5.8 x 6.1 in. (15.0 x 15.6 cm). Museo Nacional de Arqueología, Antropología e História, Peru (MNAAHP) sp. 1/2660. Photo Daniel Giannoni   Abstract: Architecture and its visual referents are the subject of an exceptional group…

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March 2022

PCSNY March 8 Lecture–Simon Martin

March 8 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Institute of Fine Arts–NYU, 1 E. 78th Street
New York, United States
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A Society of Kings: Deciphering Classic Maya Politics Simon Martin, University of Pennsylvania Museum Photo: The noble Yok Ch'ich (?) Tal. Detail of a stone panel from Palenque Temple XIX. Photograph by Jorge Pérez de Lara Abstract: The political organization of the Classic Maya has been a topic of debate for almost a century, and over that time scholarly interpretations have differed wildly. This talk sets out the evidence for a resolution to this debate, one that seeks to move beyond basic questions…

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April 2022

PCSNY April 11 Lecture–Cameron McNeil

April 11 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Institute of Fine Arts–NYU, 1 E. 78th Street
New York, United States
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Recovering the Floral Fragrance of Ancient Maya Ritual: Pollen Evidence from Copan, Honduras Cameron L. McNeil, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Lehman College Historia Tolteca-Chichimeca. Image courtesy of Bibliothèque Nationale de France.   Abstract: Clues to the creation of flower-laden spaces in ancient Maya temples, tombs, and palaces lie on the floors of the best-preserved of these structures. The Copan Acropolis has proved to be a particularly good site for the recovery of well-preserved pollen grains from flowers that adorned ritual…

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