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Twenty-first Annual Symposium


Land without Borders:Cultural Interaction between the Prehispanic Southwest and Mesoamerica




Overview: It has been argued one reason that the pre-Columbian American Southwest has been viewed as a culture area distinct from Mesoamerica is the existence of the modern international border that separates the United State from Mexico. Some note that nationalism and language differences, on both sides of the border, have contributed to independent academic development.  But what was the relationship among ancient peoples living between Durango, Colorado in the north and Durango, Mexico, in the south? How do recent discoveries challenge our traditional thinking about this area? Were these people only casual trading partners or did they share more substantial and important cultural connections as well? This symposium seeks to re-examine the full nature of the relationships between the American Southwest and Mesoamerica -- areas that have significant differences, but potentially important similarities as well.


More information will be provided when it becomes available.




Date:   Saturday, September 20, 2014

Location:  U.S. Navy Memorial and Naval Heritage Center, 701 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C.

Time:   9:00 am - 5:30 pm