Tuesday, February 5, 2019

“Keeping it Coastal:
Classic Period Politics Along Mexico’s Southern Gulf Lowlands”

Professor Philip J. Arnold, PhD will present “Keeping it Coastal: Classic Period Politics Along Mexico’s Southern Gulf Lowlands” on Sunday, February 24 in the Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Avenue, Evanston.  This month’s lecture for the Chicago Archaeological Society/CAS begins at 3:30pm, with refreshments and socializing starting earlier, at 3:00pm.  All CAS meetings are free and open to the public.

Philip J. Arnold III is a Professor of Anthropology at Loyola University Chicago. His archaeological research focuses on the political and economic development of southern Veracruz, Mexico, spanning a period of approximately 3000 years. He is the author and editor of numerous publications; his most recent volume, co-edited with Lourdes Budar, is Arqueología de Los Tuxtlas: Antiguos Paisajes, Nuevas Miradas (2016: Universidad Veracruzana).

Dr. Arnold’s talk will chart Classic Period developments through archaeological, iconographic, and epigraphic data of the Veracruz, Mexico area.  His fieldwork at Teotepec and La Perla del Golfo suggests interaction with other Classic Veracruz cultures up and down the southern Mexican Gulf Lowlands. This new understanding demonstrates that the region’s cultural character, often attributed to outside forces such as the Lowland Maya or Teotihuacan in Highland Mexico, results instead from  indigenous development. To learn more, join us on February 24 at an open meeting of the Chicago Archaeological Society at the Evanston Public Library beginning at 3:00pm.

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