Highlights of Previous Meetings of The Pre-Columbian Society

June 8, 2019 at Penn Museum: Jeffrey Vadala PhD: "Using Virtual Reality to Understand Ancient Maya Astronomy and Human-Environmental Relations"

May 11, 2019 at Penn Museum: Dr. Simon Martin, Associate Curator and Keeper, Penn Museum: “Maya Politics Redux: Recent Developments in Understanding Classic Maya Political Organization”

March 9, 2019 Dr. Marshall Becker, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at West Chester University: "Plaza plans at Tikal: understanding the organization of a 
classic period Maya city"

February 16, 2019 10 am at Penn Museum Dr. Élodie Dupey García, Instituto de Investigaciones Históricas, UNAM and Dr. Gabrielle Vail, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill: "Cultural Interactions in Late Postclassic Mesoamerica: Exploring Cognate Almanacs in the Borgia Group and Maya Codices"

November 10, 2018 at Penn Museum: Marcello Canuto, PhD, Tulane University: "Ancient Lowland Maya Complexity as Revealed by Lidar Survey in the Peten: Implications for a New Kaanul Dynasty Altar at La Corona"

October 13, 2018 Geraldine Patrick-Encina, PhD: "A Commentary to Gabrielle Vail's zodiacal interpretation of the deer hunting almanac in the Madrid Codex"

May 5, 2018 Dr. Gabrielle Vail: Workshop: "Warfare, Hunting, and Venus in the Maya and Borgia Group Codices" and Lecture: "Hero Twins:  Narratives from Mesoamerica and Beyond"

April 14, 2018 Professor Amerigo Mendoza-Mori, Quechua Language Program, University of Pennsylvania: "Quechua beyond the Incas: Contemporary use, promotion and teaching of Indigenous Languages"

February 10, 2018 Cherra Wyllie, PhD: "Classic Veracruz Writing"

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 Southwest Mississippi"

November 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"

May 13, 2017 at the Penn Museum: Rob Fergus, PhD, Geography and Environmental Studies: "Muut Questions: Exploring Modern and Ancient Mayan Connections to Birds"

April 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 Penn Museum

March 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, Guatemala"

February 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"

January 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, Northwest Belize"

December 10, 2016 at the Penn Museum - Simon Martin, PhD, Associate Curator and Keeper of the American Section at the University of Pennsylvania:
"Before Calakmul: Recovering the Snake Kings of the Early Classic"

November 12, 2016 Aldo Anzures Tapia, Graduate Research Fellow pursuing his Ph.D. in Educational Linguistics, University of Pennsylvania and
Kasey Diserens, third year doctoral student in the Anthropology Department, University of Pennsylvania:
The Tihosuco Heritage Preservation and Community Development Project: Strengthening Ties to Language and the Built Environment" 

October 22, 2016 Jennifer Brown, PhD Candidate, University of Pennsylvania, Department of Anthropology: "Ambiguous Futures and Murky Waters: Climate Change and Risk in Southeast Alaska"

June 11, 2016 Visit to the The Golden Age Of King Midas exhibit.

May 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"

April 9, 2016 Penn Museum: Joanne Baron, PhD, Director, La Florida Archaeology Project; Consulting Scholar, Penn Museum: "River Lords: Namaan and the Classic Maya Political Landscape"

March 12, 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"

February 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"

December 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"

November 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 Iconography"      
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 Change"

January 10, 2015 Sarah Nunberg, principal of The Objects Conservation Studio, LLC: "The Princeton Maya Vase Conservation Project"

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"

October 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 Archives.

September 13, 2014 Margaret M. Bruchac, PhD, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania:
"Along the Wampum Trail: Restorative Research in North Eastern Museums

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 Maya Lowlands"

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 Films."

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 Yearbearer Pages"

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 its Murals"

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 Colonial Peru"

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 Discovery"

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 Past"

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 Research"

November 12, 2011 Drs. Victoria and Harvey Bricker: "Astronomical Records in the Hieroglyphic Writings of the Pre-Columbian Maya"

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 1810"

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 Maya Art"

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 Communities"

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 Maya"

September 11, 2010 Lynn Grant: "Conservation without Borders:  Conservation Consultations in Honduras and Guatemala"

June 12, 2010 Justin Kerr: "Signposts of the Otherworld"

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 Inscriptions"

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 Aztecs"

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 Museum"

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 Architecture"

September 8, 2007 Dr. John Justeson, State University of NY at Albany, "Who was Where in Ancient Mesoamerica?"

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."

March 11, 2006  Dr. Elin Danien,  "Mary Louise Baker,  archaeological Artist–in–Residence at the University of Pennsylvania Museum"

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 Aztec Writing"

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 Africans"
March 12, 2005  Elin Danien, “Not Your Mother's Hot Chocolate: The Ancient Maya and Their Amazing Beverage”
February 13, 2005 John Pohl , “History on a Mixteca Pitcher."
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, Peru"
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"
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 Cross'"
January 12, 2002  Dr. Clark L. Erickson: "The Pre-Columbian Domestication of the Amazon"
list continued prior to 2002
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