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Pre-Columbian Studies Workshop: The Art and Archaeology of Central America and Colombia

Posted On June 28, 2017 | 13:52 pm | by jessicas | Permalink

The Pre-Columbian Studies Program organized a workshop in Panama City on the Art and Archaeology of Central America and Colombia, cohosted by the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI), on January 26–29, 2015. The workshop represents the latest stage in the development of the definitive catalogue of the Dumbarton Oaks collections from Central America and Colombia. An invited group of international scholars presented recent archaeological fieldwork and collections research in Costa Rica, Panama, and Colombia. Participants also discussed the history of pre-Hispanic contact and exchange between Central America and Mesoamerica, the Caribbean, and points south. Participants took part in three full days of presentations and discussions, including a visit to the laboratory of the Fundación El Caño. Later in the week, the participants built on this visit with a trip to El Caño, a large funerary complex in the Coclé Province that developed between 700 and 1000 CE, where participants enjoyed a tour by the site’s lead archaeologist, Julia Mayo.