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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.


Dec 01, 2017 - Dec 01, 2017

Imaginary Aztec: Three Views of Mesoamerica’s Central Places

Pre-Columbian Studies Public Lecture, Davíd Carrasco, Harvard University
Mar 16, 2017 - Mar 16, 2017

Everything That Shines Is Gold . . . but Does It Matter? The Conceptual Relevance of Amazonian Archaeology

Pre-Columbian Public Lecture | Eduardo Neves, University of São Paulo, Brazil
Feb 16, 2017 - Feb 16, 2017

Mirrored Reflections: Spanish Iconoclasm in the New World and Its Reverberations in the Old

Director’s Office Public Lecture | Thomas B. F. Cummins, Harvard University

Ephemera Collection

The Ephemera Collection consists of a variety of materials related to the Byzantine and Pre-Columbian cultures and to worldwide gardens and landscapes that provide an alternative, popular cultural perspective on the academic research fields at Dumbarton Oaks.

Moche Iconography

The Moche Archive has formed the basis of a body of scholarly work that, in combination with the archaeological record, advances an understanding of the Moche world, including the rites, rituals, flora, fauna, foodways, and practices of this ancient Peruvian culture.

New Titles

Titles added to the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library.