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Pre-Columbian Studies

The Pre-Columbian Studies program at Dumbarton Oaks was founded in 1963 to support the study of the art and archaeology of the ancient Americas. This research encompasses cultures that thrived in the western hemisphere from northern Mexico to southern South America, from the earliest times to the sixteenth century.





Fellowships and Awards

Support comes in many forms through a variety of our programs, tailored to fit the individual needs of senior scholars, midcareer researchers, dissertation writers, graduate students, and advanced undergraduates.

Research Fellowships

Available to scholars with a terminal degree (Fellowships); to degree candidates who have fulfilled all preliminary requirements for a terminal degree (Junior Fellowships); or to scholars beyond the first year of graduate school (Summer Fellowships). Apply by November 1.

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Short-Term Opportunities

Several opportunities are available to students and scholars at all levels, ranging from symposia travel awards, 2–4 week predoctoral residencies, one-month research awards, and summer fellowships.

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Project Grants

Project grants primarily support archaeological investigation, as well as for the recovery, recording, and analysis of materials that would otherwise be lost. Pre-Columbian project awards are intended only to survey, excavate, and/or document sites, landscapes, or objects that are in imminent danger. Apply by November 1.

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Nov 04, 2020

When Cortés Met Malinche, and Montezuma Met Cortés: Alternative Facts and Disturbing Truths

Matthew Restall offers new theories and perspectives on the Spanish-Aztec encounter, arguing that it is time to upend the traditional tale of the so-called Conquest.
Dec 11, 2020

Heritage and Its Missions

Speakers at this annual day-long colloquium explore the relationship between heritage meanings and pre-Republican Catholic missions.
Mar 26, 2021 - Mar 27, 2021

Faces of Rulership in the Maya Region

Through this two-day symposium, scholars aim to better understand concepts of rulership and governance in Ancient Maya culture.



Recent Pre-Columbian Publications

Search all publications, explore series, and learn how to publish with Dumbarton Oaks.



Digitized Rare Books

Access full digital facsimiles of select titles in the Rare Book Collection, relating to Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian Studies, through this searchable resource.

Special Collections

Explore holdings from the Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives and the Dumbarton Oaks Archives.