Highlights of Previous
Meetings of The Pre-Columbian Society
January 13, 2018 at Penn Museum - Andrew
Hamilton, lecturer in the Department of Art and Archaeology at
Princeton University: "Life and Death in an Andean River: The
Making of Ancestors on a Lambayeque Vessel"
December 9, 2017 at Penn
Museum - Megan Kassabaum, PhD, Assistant
Professor of Anthropology at Penn, and Assistant Curator in the
American Section of the Museum: "Recent excavations at Smith
Creek: exploring the Woodland-Mississippian cultural transition in
4, 2017 at the Penn Museum - Daniel Harris, PhD
Candidate, O'Connor Lab, Graduate Program in Molecular Medicine,
Program in Personalized and Genomic Medicine, Institute for Genome
Sciences, University of Maryland School of Medicine: "The
Evolutionary Genomic Dynamics of Peruvians Before, During, and
After the Inca Empire"
October 14, 2017 at the
Penn Museum - Eleanor King, PhD, Associate Professor in the
Department of Sociology and Criminology, Howard University:
"Maya Markets, Merchants, and the Muddle in Our Model"
September 9, 2017 There was no afternoon
speaker. Instead, we visited a new exhibition at Penn Museaum: "Cultures in the Crossfire: Stories From Syria and Iraq."
June 10, 2017 at the Penn
Museum Jay A. Frogel, PhD: Photographer, World Images;
Professor of Astronomy, Emeritus at The Ohio State University;
Consultant in Astronomy, Astrophysics, and Space Sciences: "Maya Palaces in Ruins: Stephens’ and
Catherwood’s Presentation of the Past"
13, 2017 at the Penn Museum: Rob Fergus, PhD, Geography and
Environmental Studies: "Muut Questions: Exploring Modern and Ancient Mayan
Connections to Birds"
8, 2017 at the Penn Museum:
Dr.Jeffrey C. Splitstoser, Assistant Research Professor of
Anthropology at George Washington University: "Twisted Records:
Wari-style Khipus and What We Might Know about Them" and
Andean Textile Workshop: "Inka and
Wari Khipu Making" with Dr. Anne Tiballi, Consulting Scholar at the
11, 2017 at the Penn Museum: Franco
D. Rossi, PhD, Boston University and Brandeis University: "Is Re-Provenience
Possible?: Dilemmas of Context and Looting at Xultun,
11, 2017 at the Penn Museum: Raquel
Fleskes, Third-Year Ph.D. student in Molecular
Anthropology in the University of Pennsylvania: "DNA &
the Peopling of the Caribbean"
14, 2017 at the Penn Museum:
Debora Trein, PhD: "A
Community and Its Temple: Community Impact at A Public
Monumental Space at the Ancient Maya Site of La Milpa,
10, 2016 at the Penn Museum - Simon Martin, PhD, Associate Curator
and Keeper of the American Section at the University of
Recovering the Snake Kings of the Early Classic"
12, 2016 Aldo Anzures Tapia, Graduate Research Fellow
pursuing his Ph.D. in Educational Linguistics, University of
Kasey Diserens, third
year doctoral student in the Anthropology Department,
University of Pennsylvania:
Tihosuco Heritage Preservation and Community
Development Project: Strengthening Ties to Language
and the Built Environment"
22, 2016 Jennifer Brown, PhD
Candidate, University of Pennsylvania, Department of
Futures and Murky Waters: Climate Change and Risk in Southeast
11, 2016 Visit to the The Golden Age Of King Midas exhibit.
14, 2016 Penn Museum Caitlin
Earley, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Art,
University of Nevada, Reno: "A Place So Far Removed:
Power and Identity in Sculptures from the Ancient Maya Frontier"
2016 Penn Museum: Joanne Baron, PhD, Director, La Florida
Archaeology Project; Consulting Scholar, Penn Museum: "River
Lords: Namaan and the Classic Maya Political Landscape"
2016 Claire Ebert, PhD Candidate,
Department of Anthropology, Penn State University: "From
Cunil Ceramics to Complexity: The Origins of Preclassic Period
Maya Society at Cahal Pech, Belize"
13, 2016 Penn Museum:
Geraldine Ann Patrick Encina, Scholar-in-Residence, Union
Theological Seminary: "The Long Count in the function of the Haab'
and its Venus-Moon Relation: Application in Chichén Itzá"
January 9, 2016 Penn Museum: Lucy Fowler Williams, PhD, Associate
Curator; Jeremy A. Sabloff Senior Keeper of American
Collections, Penn Museum: "Paths of Beauty: Pueblo
Embroidery by Isabel C. Gonzales and Shawn Tafoya"
12, 2015 Penn Museum: Thomas Hardy, Graduate Student, University
of Pennsylvania, Department of Anthropology: "The Inca Conquest
and Transformation of the Lucre Basin, Cuzco, Peru"
14, 2015 Penn Museum: Megan
Kassabaum, Assistant Professor, Department of
Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania, and Assistant
Curator, American Section, Penn Museum: "The Creation and
Use of Early Platform Mounds: Evidence from the Deep South"
October 17, 2015 John Justeson, PhD.
Department of Anthropology at the University at Albany, State
University of New York: "Mesoamerican Eclipse Prediction"
September 12, 2015 Penn Museum: Elin Danien,
PhD; Consulting Scholar in the American Section of the Penn
Museum: "M. Louise Baker, Maya Pottery, and the Penn Museum"
June 13, 2015 Dr. Gabrielle Vail, New
College of Florida:
Workshop: "Eclipse Records in Postclassic Maya Texts and
Lecture: "Eclipses, Period Endings, and World Renewal Rituals
among the Postclassic and Colonial Period Yucatec Maya"
May 9, 2015 Gregory D. Lockard, PhD, Senior
Consultant, Enviromental Resources Management, Washington, D.C.:
"The Peru Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) Archaeological Project's
Contribution to World Heritage"
April 11, 2015 Bryan R. Just, PhD; Peter Jay
Sharp, Class of 1952, Curator and Lecturer in the Art of the
Ancient Americas Princeton Art Museum Princeton NJ; Tour and
Gallery Talk: Refurbished Art of the Ancient Americas Galleries
Princeton Art Museum
February 28, 2015 Douglas J. Kennett, PhD;
Professor of Environmental Archaeology in the Department of
Anthropology at Penn State University: "Development and
Disintegration of Maya Political Systems in Response to Climate
January 10, 2015 Sarah Nunberg, principal of
The Objects Conservation Studio, LLC: "The Princeton Maya Vase
December 13, 2014 Katherine Moore, PhD;
Mainwaring Teaching Specialist in the Center for the Analysis of
Archaeological Materials, Penn Museum; University of Pennsylvania,
Department of Archaeology: "Dogs from Sitio Conte, Panama: Finding
the Story Behind the Bling"
November 8, 2014 Lisa DeLeonardis, PhD,
Austen-Stokes Professor in Art of the Ancient Americas, Johns
Hopkins University: "Color Networks: The Use and Exchange of
Paracas Post-Fire Pigments"
11, 2014 Alex Pezzati, PhD, Senior Archivist, Penn Museum:
"The Penn Museum in MesoAmerica"
A Tour of Portions
of the MesoAmerican Collection in the Museum
13, 2014 Margaret M. Bruchac, PhD, Assistant Professor of
Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania:
the Wampum Trail: Restorative Research in North Eastern
June 14, 2014 Christopher Jones, PhD,
Retired Research Specialist, Penn Museum: "Finishing the Tikal
publications and digitization of the record"
May 10, 2014 Whit Schroder, Graduate
Student, University of Pennsylvania, Department of Anthropology:
"Regional Reconnaissance along the Middle Usumacinta River:
Understanding the Dynamics of a Political Landscape in the Western
April 12, 2014 Élodie Dupey García,
PhD, Fellow in Pre-Columbian Studies at Dumbarton Oaks:
"Painting the Gods: Color and Body Ornamentation in Aztec Culture"
February 8, 2014 Richard C. Shupp,
PhD: Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures,
Lafayette College, Easton, PA: "Pre-Columbian Engineering in US
January 11, 2014 Film Presentation: Chac:
Dios de la lluvia, or, Chac: The Rain God
December 14, 2013 Marshall Joseph Becker,
PhD; Professor of Anthropology: West Chester University: "The
White Dog Sacrifice: A Divine Messenger from Among the Seneca and
Onondaga after 1799."
November 9, 2013 Joanne Baron,
PhD, Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania: “Where the Gods Sleep: Patron
Deity Temples among the Classic Maya.”
October 12, 2013 Peter Siegel, PhD,
Department of Anthropology, Montclair State University:
"Cosmopolitan Polities of the Ancient Caribbean."
September 14, 2013 Jonathan Holmquist, PhD,
Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Temple University: "Spanish
/ Kaqchikel-Maya Contact: A Focus on Youth"
June 8, 2013 Patricia McAnany, PhD, Kenan
Eminent Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill:
"Heritage without Irony: Archaeologists, Indigenous Maya
Communities, and the Democratization of Knowledge"
May 11, 2013 Gabrielle Vail, PhD, New
College of Florida in Sarasota: Codex Workshop: "Venus Almanacs in
the Maya and Borgia Group Codices" and Lecture: "Processions and
Prognostications: A New Reading of the Dresden and Madrid
March 9, 2013 Andean Textile
Workshop: "Khipu and Pre-Khipu Making," and talk: "Are
2,000-Years-Old Wrapped Batons and Wrapped Cords from Cerrillos,
Peru, Pre-Khipus, Precursors of Inka Khipu?"
February 9, 2013 Franco Rossi, PhD
candidate: "Recent Investigations at Xultun: The Taaj Group and
January 12, 2013 Princeton University Art
Museum: Bryan R. Just, PhD: "Dancing into Dreams: Maya Vase
Painting of the Ik’ Kingdom."
December 8, 2012 There was no speaker. Instead, we watched the full
length version of the video "Breaking the Maya Code."
November 10, 2012 Anne Tiballi, PhD:
"Virgins of the Sun: Sex and Purity in Late Prehispanic and
October 13, 2012 Timothy J. Smith, PhD:
"Rearranging the File and Rank: A Consideration of Word Order and
Animacy in Mesoamerican Artistic Production"
September 8, 2012 Hana Muzika Kahn, PhD:
"Language, Literacy and Maintenance of Oral Tradition in a
Kaqchikel Maya Community"
June 9, 2012 George Stuart, PhD: "The
Education of an Archaeologist: 60 Years of Adventure and
April 14, 2012, Simon Martin, Research
Specialist in Maya epigraphy, Penn Museum: "The Exhibition's Tale:
Putting on MAYA 2012: Lords of Time"
March 10, 2012, Richard M. Leventhal,PhD:
"Preserving Maya Heritage: Examples from the Ancient and Historic
February 11, 2012, Gillett G. Griffin and
John Burkhalter: "TEMPLE B and Other Stories"
January 14, 2012, John Justeson, PhD:
"Mesoamerican Concepts of Number and Numeration and the Invention
of the Long Count"
December 10, 2011 Robert Sharer, PhD: "Is the
Past an Accident? Second Thoughts about Some Past Maya
November 12, 2011 Drs. Victoria and Harvey
Bricker: "Astronomical Records in the Hieroglyphic Writings of the
October 8, 2011 Marshall Becker, PhD:
"Mahamickwon and Cultural Change in Southern New Jersey: The Story
of a Lenopi Family and Native Conservatism from 1660 to after
September 10, 2011 Christopher Jones,
PhD: "Personal Discoveries at Tikal in the 1960’s"
June 11, 2011 Talk: Michael Coe, PhD: "Time
and Space in Southeast Asia and Mesoamerica: Connection or
Disconnection?" and Codex Wookshop: Dr. Gabrielle
Vail, New College of Florida in Sarasota, "Venus
Deities among the Prehispanic and Contemporary Maya"
May 14, 2011 Reiko Ishihara, PhD: "Bridging
the Chasm Between Religion and Politics: Archaeological Evidence
of Maya Ritual Practices at Aguateca, Peten, Guatemala"
March 12, 2011 Marc Zender, PhD: "Reading
February 12, 2011 Joanne Baron, PhD
Candidate in Anthropology, U of Pa: "Before the Faces of
their Gods: Classic Maya Patron Deities and Classic Maya
January 8, 2011 Christa Cesario, PhD
Candidate: "Reimagining Ritual in La Mission, San Francisco, CA"
December 11, 2010 Loa Traxler, PhD:
"Presenting the Maya in 2012: Exhibition Challenges, New Ideas,
and Public Engagement"
November 13, 2010 Dr. Cherra Wyllie: "The
Arts of the Book in Ancient Mesoamerica"
October 9, 2010: Rob Fergus, PhD: "The
Woodpecker is a Witch! Birds among the Modern and Ancient
September 11, 2010 Lynn Grant: "Conservation
without Borders: Conservation Consultations in Honduras and
June 12, 2010 Justin Kerr: "Signposts of the
May 8, 2010 Gabrielle Vail, PhD :
talk: "Re-Interpreting Balankanche: Ritual Use of Sacred
Space in Cave Contexts" and workshop: "Crocodilians and World
Renewal Events in the Maya Codices"
March 13, 2010 Dr. Wendy Bacon,
"Xultun: A Cyclical Pattern of Stelae Erection Over 250 Years"
February 13, 2010 Nick Hopkins, PhD: "One
Thousand Years of Maya Literary Tradition: From Classic
Inscriptions to Chol Folktales"
January 9, 2010 Inga Calvin: "Text,
Pseudo-Text, and Context: A Study of Classic Period Maya Ceramic
December 12, 2009 Lawrence Coben:
"Creating an Empire: Spectacle, Theatricality, Performance
and Power in the Inka State"
November 14, 2009 John Burkhalter:
“Breaking Wind: the Trumpet and Conch Horn in Maya and Aztec Art”
October 10, 2009 Sarah Kurnick: "Women in
Stone: Understanding Classic Period Maya Female Ajaws"
September 12, 2009 Dr. Timothy
Pugh: “Spanish Things in Maya Worlds: the Archaeology
of First Contact”
June 13, 2009 Christopher Jones and Federico
Paredes, "Architectural Narratives at Quirigua: 400 to 800 AD"
May 9, 2009 Lucia Henderson PhD Candidate,
University of Texas at Austin: "The Art of Performance: Song,
Sound, and Breath in the Iconography of Preclassic Kaminaljuyú"
March 14, 2009 Abigail Seldin: "Flying with
the Fourth Crow: A Reflection on Curating 'Fulfilling a Prophecy'"
February 14, 2009 Clark Erickson, PhD,
University of Pennsylvania: "Pre-Columbian Monumental Earthworks
of the Amazon"
January 10, 2009 Joanne Baron "Noble or
Savage? Western Representations of Human Sacrifice among the
December 13, 2008 Jennifer A. Loughmiller
Newman: "Maize as Food, Maize as Drink at the Site of Calakmul"
November 8, 2008 Yolanda Alcorta and
Ana Maria Zaugg: "Color and Symbol Evolution in Maya Textiles"
October 11, 2008 Elin Danien, PhD., "HOW TO
CATCH A PAINTED METAPHOR: Creating an exhibition out of pots,
gods, and chocolate, with a little obsession on the side"
September 20, 2008 Jeffrey
Blomster, "Oaxacan Perspectives on Olmec
Interaction in the Early Formative"
June 14, 2008 David Pentecost,
"Usumacinta - New Threats and New Discoveries"
May 10, 2008 Marc Zender, Ph.D.:
"Frederick Mitchell-Hedges and the Skull of Doom of Lubaantun"
March 8, 2008 David R. Hixson,
"Satellites, Surveys and Simulations: Settlement Archaeology of
Ancient Chunchucmil, NW Yucatan, Mexico"
February 9, 2008, Simon Martin, "Gods
within Gods: Theosynthesis and the Making of Divine Identity among
the Ancient Maya"
January 12, 2008: Dr. Charles Golden,
"Seeing is Controlling: Vistas and Politics in the Piedras Negras
and Yaxchilan Kingdoms"
December 8, 2007 Dr. Bryan Just
"Mesoamerican Visual Culture at the Princeton University Art
November 10, 2007, Cherra Wyllie, Ph.D. "The
Murals of El Zapotal, Veracruz, Mexico"
October 14, 2007 Peter Roe, "It Takes Two to
Launch a Dart: Complementary-Opposition in Ancient Chavín Art and
September 8, 2007 Dr. John Justeson, State
University of NY at Albany, "Who was Where in Ancient
June 9, 2007, Bryan R. Just,
"Terminal Classic Art and Politics in the Pasión Region: The Case
of Machaquila Stela 2"
May 12, 2007 Judith Storniolo, "Establishing
the character of the Cholti Maya"
March 10, 2007 Marshall Joseph Becker,PhD,
"Wampum: Native American Money or Belts Used for Diplomacy?"
February 2007, Dr. Richard Leventhal,
"Xunantunich’s Royal Residence: Shifting Power and the Collapse."
January 13, 2007 Marcello Canuto,
PhD., "From Site Q to Sak Nikte': Chronicle of a 40-year
Classic Maya Mystery"
December 9, 2006 Elizabeth Benson,
"The War Club: An Important Moche Symbol"
November 11, 2006 Chalon Rodriguez,
M.D., "Pre-Columbian Medicine"
October 14, 2006 Dr. Susan Evans,
"Unraveling the Net Jaguar, An Enigmatic Motif of the
International House in Teotihuacan"
September 9, 2006 Dr. David Webster,
Pennsylvania State University: "The Great Tikal Earthwork:
Fortification or Folly?"
June 10, 2006 Chris Jones, "Imaging the
Acropolis at Quirigua"
Saturday May 13, 2006 Dr. Jeremy
Sabloff, "It Depends on How We Look at Things: Perspectives on the
Postclassic Period in the Northern Maya Lowlands."
2006 Dr. Elin Danien, "Mary Louise Baker,
archaeological Artist–in–Residence at the University of
February 11, 2006 Dr. Miranda
Stockett, "Exploring Concepts of Gender and Sex in Ancient
Mesoamerica: Understanding Variability in Ancient Maya
Gender Ideologies and Practices"
January 14, 2006 Marc Zender,
"Tisosikatzin: The Names of an Aztec Emperor, and the Nature of
December 10, 2005 Adrienne
Mayor, "Fossil finds and legends in New Spain".
November 12, 2005 Mary Ciaramella,
"Pottery Making in the Madrid Codex"
Julia C. Miller, October 2005, "Booming or
Busting: Reading Social Change in Copan Architecture"
September 10, 2005 Dr. Robert
Laughlin, "Mayan Hearts in the Making and on Show."
June 11, 2005 Allen Christenson "From the
Dark Waters: Creation Imagery among the Highland Maya."
May 14, 2005 Matthew Restall, "Mayas and
March 12, 2005 Elin Danien, “Not Your
Mother's Hot Chocolate: The Ancient Maya and Their Amazing
February 13, 2005 John Pohl , “History on a
January 8, 2005 Wendy Bacon, "Image as
Artifact, Image as Text: The Dwarf Motif on Classic Maya Stelae,
or, a Text Without a Context is a Pretext".
December 11, 2004 Jeffrey C. Splitstoser “The
Feathered Effigy of Cerrillos, Ica Valley, Peru”
November 13, 2004 Lynn Foster, "The
Surprising Importance of Mesoamerican Gold."
October 9, 2004 David Oestreicher
"Unmasking the Walam Olum: a Nineteenth Century Hoax"
September 11, 2004 Heather Hurst, “The San
Bartolo Murals: Late Preclassic Painting Techniques and Styles.”
June 12, 2004 John Burkhalter, "Music from
the Land of the Jaguar"
May 8, 2004 Simon Martin:
"Courtly Art of the Ancient Maya: Highlights from the National
Gallery of Art Exhibition".
March 13, 2004 Dr. Elin Danien:
"Visions, Shamanism, Peyote and the Huichol"
February 14, 2004 Judi Storniolo, "Two
Worlds, Two Journeys: A Pilgrimage to Esquipulas."
January 10, 2004, Dr. Lowell S.Gustafson,
"Ancient Maya Gender Identity and Relations."
December 13, 2003 Dr. Penny C Morrill:
"Pre-Columbian Influence on William Spratling's Silver."
November 8, 2003 Dr. Charles Golden: "The
Frontiers of Authority in Classic Maya Kingdoms: New Evidence from
the Usumacinta River."
October 11, 2003 Melissa S. Murphy: "Coca
leaf chewing and the Inca: Evidence from Puruchuco-Huaquerones,
September 13, 2003 Sharon Aponte
Misdea, "Triks' Tikal,
or, (Mis)Adventures in Archiving"
June 14, 2003 Mary Ciaramella, "The Idol
Makers in the Madrid Codex:
Parallels with Landa."
May 10, 2003 Loa Traxler, "Veni, Vidi, Vici?
Yax K'uk' Mo' and
the Founding of the Copan Dynasty."
March 8, 2003 Elin Danien: "Excavating
Piedras Negras in the 1930's"
February 8, 2003 Cameron L.McNeil:
"Chocolate, Flowers, Cattails and Corn:
Ritual Plant Use and Environmental
Exploitation at Copan, Honduras"
January 11, 2003, Dr. Theodore Schurr: "A
Molecular Genetic Perspective on the Peopling of the Americas."
December 14, 2002, John
Burkhalter: "Music from the Land of the Jaguar"
November 9, 2002, Marcello Canuto,
"Settlement in the Rural Areas Around Copan, Honduras"
October12, 2002 Dr. Jill Furst.
"Mojave: the Other Southwest Pottery"
September 14, 2002, Gabrielle Vail,
CONCEPTIONS OF TIME IN THE POSTCLASSIC MAYA CODICES
June 8, 2002, Justin Kerr, “The Many Faces
of God A-Prime"
May 11, 2002 Heather
Hurst: "Painting the Murals of Bonampak"
March 9, 2002, Pamela Hearne Jardine,
"Conditions and cultural change on the Blackfeet Indian
Reservation in Montana in the1890's"
February 9, 2002 Mathew H Robb: "The
Provenience and Repatriation of the Palenque 'Tablet of the
January 12, 2002 Dr. Clark L.
Erickson: "The Pre-Columbian Domestication of the Amazon"
list continued prior to 2002
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