September 8, 2007 Dr. John Justeson, State University of NY at Albany, "Who was Where in Ancient Mesoamerica?"
           
The talk Dr. Justeson presented to the group gave an overview of the work on Linguistic Paleontology in Mesoamerica He discussed aspects of intercultural interactions -- the impacts that speakers of one language had on another - which can be worked out from patterns in the corresponding impacts that some ancient languages had on others at various times in prehistory. The locations of ancient language groups can  then be worked out from these considerations and from the correlation of the historical linguistic evidence with archaeology.  The methods linguists used for determining the dates of some of these cultural events were discussed, with many examples drawn from throughout Mesoamerica, including the Olmec heartland, the Mayan Lowlands, Tajin and the Huasteca, and Teotihuacan.
            John Justeson, PhD. is a professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University at Albany, State University of New York.  His research interests focus particularly on ancient Mesoamerica, with an emphasis on ancient writing systems and their decipherment, on historical linguistics, and on astronomy and calendars

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