Pre-Columbian Society of Washington DC

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.

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January Membership Meeting

Dogs From Sitio Conte, Panama: Finding the Story Behind the Bling by Katherine Moore

This meeting will be held at The Charles Sumner School, 17th & M Streets, N.W., Washington, D.C.

The meeting starts with refreshments at 6:45 pm and the lecture begins at 7:15 pm.  


The site of Sitio Conte in western Panama is famous for its chiefly tombs dating from the period AD 450–900. The imagery from the burial offerings shows fabulous animals in beautiful designs on ceramic vessels and gold plaques. The offerings also include remarkable richness in animal bones, teeth, and other “scary” parts of animals such as sharks and rays. As part of an upcoming exhibit at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, “Beneath the Surface: Life, Death, and Gold in Ancient Panama,” the animal remains from Burial groups 11 and 12 were reexamined for the first time since they were excavated in the 1940s. Dr. Moore examined the relationship between dogs and people at this time, and asked what it would take to produce this piece of jewelry and what it might have meant.

Katherine Moore, PhD is an archaeologist who has worked on animal bones from across the Americas, the Middle East, and Africa. She is the Mainwaring Teaching Specialist in the Center for the Analysis of Archaeological Materials at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology and lectures in archaeology for the University of Pennsylvania Department of Anthropology. Her major research work concerns the transition from animal hunting to herding in the Andes of Peru and Bolivia. She also has worked on the archaeology of bone tool production in Bolivia.

NOTE: The originally scheduled January talk had to be postponed and will be rescheduled later in 2015.

Earlier Event: December 5
December Membership Meeting
Later Event: February 6
February Membership Meeting

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