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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ANCIENT MESOAMERICA THROUGH 21ST CENTURY SCIENCE

Saturday, September 21, 2019 

 


VISIT THIS PAGE FOR UPDATES AS THEY BECOME AVAILABLE.  A REGISTRATION FORM WILL BE AVAILABLE BY MID-JUNE

SYMPOSIUM OVERVIEW

Archaeology transforms itself in each generation as new technologies open the way for new perspectives, helping to demolish old preconceptions and prompting us to ask questions that we could not ask before – questions that in some cases we could not even imagine before.

This year’s symposium, on Ancient Mesoamerica Through 21st Century Science, will be held on Saturday, September 21, 2019. It will explore how archaeology in Mesoamerica is re-inventing itself under the impact of advanced, 21st Century technologies, from LiDAR and geo-spatial imaging to forensic laboratory analysis of documents and multi-disciplinary studies of a diversity of artifacts.  It aims to highlight not only the range and depth of research these tools make possible, but also the ways they prompt us to re-think the way we frame our research questions.

How is the application of new technologies transforming our understanding of the pre-Columbian Mesoamerican world?  How is it changing the kinds of questions we can ask, as well enriching the answers we can get to the perennial questions.

This symposium will feature outstanding examples of research made possible through the application of advanced 21st Century technologies, from LiDAR and geo-spatial imaging to forensic laboratory analysis of documents and other artifacts.

Join us and our moderator Marcello Canuto, along with a team of Mesoamerican scholars engaged in cutting-edge research, as they explore the frontiers of archaeological knowledge and practice. 

To learn more about this symposium or to receive a registration brochure when it becomes available, go to pcswdc@gmail.com

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SPEAKERS

MARCELLO CANUTO, PhD, Tulane University, Professor, Department of Anthropology and Director, Middle American Research Institute (MARI)

GERARDO GUTIERREZ, PhD, University of Colorado Boulder, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology 

HEATHER HURST, PhDSkidmore College, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology

MARY PYE. PhD, New World Archaeological Foundation

ROBERT ROSENSWIG, PhD, State University of New York, Albany, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology and Director, Institute of Mesoamerican Studies

ALEXANDRÉ TOKOVININE, PhD, University of Alabama, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology

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 MEETING DATE AND TIME

This one-day symposium will be held on Saturday, September 21, 2019. The meeting will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. and end at 5:45 p.m. Doors will open at 8:15 a.m.

LOCATION

U.S. Navy Memorial & Naval Heritage Center

701 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. (between 7th and 9th Streets)

Washington, D.C.


 

 

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