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Pre-Columbian Society of Washington D.C.

The Pre-Columbian Society of Washington, D.C. (PCSWDC), is an educational organization dedicated to furthering knowledge and understanding of the peoples of the Americas before the time of Columbus. Founded in 1993, the Society provides a forum for the exchange of information regarding these pre-Columbian cultures between academic professionals and interested members of the public.


To achieve its goals the PCWDC sponsors a variety of events and activities including monthly lectures and an annual symposium, where academics and professionals in the fields of archaeology, history, art history, and anthropology present their latest research findings.


The PCSWDC welcomes all people interested in the study of the ancient Americas regardless of their level of knowledge or expertise.


The PCSWDC is an affiliate of the Society for American Archeology to advance the practice of archaeology.

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What Benefits Come with a PCSWDC Membership?

  • Monthly illustrated lectures
  • The Smoking Mirror Newsletter
  • Electronic news service (e-lerts) and events calendar
  • Special tours and exhibitions
  • Glyph Group
  • Book Club
  • Extensive research library
  • Discounts on annual symposium and other events




Join us in May when Lisa DeLeonardis examines the forms and faces of Paracas dedicatory offerings from the south coast of Peru.


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Our 21st annual symposium will be held on Saturday, September 20, 2014, at the U. S. Navy Memorial and Naval Heritage Center in Washington, D.C. Land without Borders: Cultural Interaction between the Prehispanic Southwest and Mesoamerica will be moderated by Stephen H. Lekson, Professor of Anthropology and Curator of Anthropology, Museum of Natural History, University of Colorado/Boulder. Invited speakers include Patricia Crown, Patricia Gilman, Randall H. McGuire, Ben A. Nelson. and Karl Taube. 

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