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Amazonia and the Making of the Andean World

The Pre-Columbian Society of Washington DC September Seminar

September 26, 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM

The results of archaeological work over the last two decades have challenged the traditional view of Amazonia as a refuge for primitive hunters and gatherers living in small roving bands and barely subsisting in the hostile jungle environment. Recent studies have revealed evidence for early permanent occupation of the area, astonishingly large-scale societies, precocious development of ceramics, and the domestication of food sources that, some argue, would spread later to the Andean region. This work has also led to a vigorous debate about the nature of the Amazonian environment and the effect of human activities on it.

What do we know about the social and political organization of pre-contact Amazonian societies and the dynamics involved in the rise of places throughout the region—for example, the upper Xingu basin in southern Amazonia,
Marajo Island in the Amazon delta, and the Llanos de Moxo of Bolivia in western Amazonia? What do we know about Amazonian ceramic traditions, which include the earliest ceramics in the entire hemisphere?
What was the nature of relations between formative Amazonia and the Andean region? What do we know about the development of agricultural products in Amazonia and their diffusion to the Andes?

Join us to hear from scholars conducting this cutting-edge research as they review the evidence for the surprising complexity and diversity of social and cultural development in pre- contact Amazonia.
8:15 a.m. REGISTRATION, Morning Refreshments
9:00 a.m. WELCOME AND OPENING ANNOUNCEMENTS
9:15 a.m. Transformations in Amazonian Archaeology
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Eduardo G. Neves2
10:15 a.m. BREAK
10:45 a.m. Tropical Garden Cities: Archaeologies of the Amazonian Future
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Michael Heckenberger
11:35 a.m. Wetlands as Domesticated Landscapes: Pre-Columbian Hydraulic Cultures in the
Bolivian Amazon
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Clark L. Erickson
12:25p.m. LUNCH
1:45 p.m. The Roots of Cultural Exchange: Archaeobotanical Evidence for Amazonian/Andean Interaction
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Linda Perry 2:35 p.m. Ontologies, Ritual Practice, and the Political Landscape: Interaction between
Amazonia and the Andes
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Denise P. Schaan 3:25p.m. BREA
3:50 p.m. The Upper Amazon Revisited: The Mayo-Chinchipe-Marañón Complex
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Francisco Valdez 4:40 p.m. BOOK-DRAWING BREAK
5:00p.m. PanelDiscussion
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AllSpeakers
6:00–9:00 p.m. RECEPTION at TEAISM
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(optional; additional fee)
1 The Pre-Columbian Society reserves the right to substitute symposium speakers in the event of unexpected cancellations. 2 After his talk, Dr. Neves will be our host and moderator.

LOCATION: U.S. Navy Memorial & Naval Heritage Center
701 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W. Washington, D.C.
(Between 7th and 9th Streets)

Southwest Seminars Lecture – “Spanish Conquest of the Southern Cone of South America”

July 7, 6:00 PM Hotel Santa Fe – Santa Fe, New Mexico

Dr.Thomas Dalton Dillehay:

Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, Religion, and Culture and Professor of Anthropology and Latin American Studies, Rebecca Webb Wilson University

Joe B. Wyatt Distinguished University Research Professor, Vanderbilt University
Author, Settlement of the Americas: A New Prehistory

Hotel Santa Fe
1501 Paseo De Peralta
Santa Fe, New Mexico

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