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.



Saturday, September 21, 2019 



In each generation archaeology transforms itself 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 feature outstanding examples of archaeological research findings made possible through the application of emerging technologies. Contrasting lidar studies reveal the astonishing scale of Classic Maya cities on the one hand, and the anatomy of the Preclassic polities of the Pacific coast on the other; the Mexican Maya Codex is authenticated as the oldest book in the New World through forensic laboratory analyses; 3D imaging techniques yield new insights into ancient Maya creations at scales large and small; research on Olmec caves in Guerrero applies breakthrough techniques for mapping and rock art analysis; a shattered Maya mural is reconstructed to reveal new light on Preclassic Maya life. Join us and our moderator Marcello Canuto, along with a team of Mesoamerican scholars engaged in cutting-edge archaeological research, as we explore the frontiers of archaeological knowledge and practice. 


MARCELLO CANUTO, Tulane University,  Ancient Lowland Maya Complexity as Revealed by Airborne Laser Scanning of Northern Guatemala

GERARDO GUTIÉRREZ, University of Colorado Boulder,  The Codex Maya of Mexico, the Oldest Book in the Americas  

HEATHER HURST, Skidmore College, The World’s Most Difficult Puzzle: Reassembling the East and South Wall Paintings of San Bartolo, Guatemala

MARY E. PYE, New World Archaeological Foundation, Brigham Young University, Olmec Caves of Eastern Guerrero: Applied Science in the Study of Ancient Locales and Muralism

ROBERT ROSENSWIG, University at Albany SUNY, The Izapa Kingdom: Demographic Patterns and Site Structure Revealed with Lidar Data

ALEXANDRÉ TOKOVININE, University of Alabama,  From Temples to Artifacts: 3D imaging in Maya archaeology


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Three types of tickets are available. 

MEMBER TICKETS              $95  --  Early registration price

These tickets are available to Individual or Household members of the Pre-Columbian Society of Washington, D.C. whose memberships are current as of the day of the symposium.

NONMEMBER TICKETS      $125  --  Early registration price

These tickets are available to people who are neither Individual nor Household members of the Pre-Columbian Society of Washington, D.C. as of the day of the symposium.

STUDENT TICKETS             $ 25  --   Early registration price

These tickets are available to students enrolled in an accredited academic institution as of the day of the symposium. Students must be prepared to present active, valid student photo ID at the door.



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


U.S. Navy Memorial & Naval Heritage Center

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

Washington, D.C.



PUBLIC TRANSIT--The ARCHIVES/NAVY MEMORIAL STOP on the Green and Yellow lines is the closest  METRO station.

PARKING NEAR THE NAVY MEMORIAL--875 D Street, NW. Open from 7:00 am to 12:00 am.  3-minute walk to Navy Memorial.

                                                                    901 E Street, NW.  Open from 6:00 am to 11:00 pm.  5-minute walk to Navy Memorial.


Following the symposium the Society will host a reception at Teaism restaurant, located at 400 8th Street, N.W. Join speakers and others for drinks (cash bar) and a buffet dinner from 6-9 p.m. You need not attend the symposium to attend reception. Reception dinner tickets are $40 each. To purchase reception tickets, click HERE.


This year's T-shirts feature a Maya scribe with an updated tool-kit. They are buff-colored 100% cotton with a two-color design and lettering. Each shirt comes in 5 sizes and sells for $20. To purchase T-shirts, click HERE.

 Note: Online T-shirt orders must be made on or before September 7. Thereafter, only a limited selection will be available for sale at the door; all sizes of shirts cannot be guaranteed.



To join or rejoin the Pre-Columbian Society and enjoy the benefits of membership, including the lower membership price for your symposium ticket, click HERE. For the complete list of membership benefits, click HERE.


The Pre-Columbian Society of Washington, D.C. is a 501(c)(3) organization and greatly appreciates your tax-deductible donations. If you care to make a contribution to the Society, when you have completed your symposium purchases, please return to the HOME page and click the DONATE button on the left. We apologize for this inconvenience, but we are required to keep purchases for products and services separate from tax-deductible contributions.  



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