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Guest Lecture: "Pre-Colombian Aesthetic and Artistry in Ancient West Mexico" by Chris Beekman

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Seated dog, 300 BC–300 A.D. Mexico,

Seated dog, 300 BC–300 A.D. Mexico, West Coast, Colima. Earthenware, paint. Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. William F. Kaiser, 1983.93.1 

Koret Auditorium

Christopher S. Beekman, Ph.D., is the Chair of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Colorado, Denver. 

Dr. Beekman’s research revolves around issues in ancient political organization and scales of social identity. The sociopolitical system of the Tequila valleys, Jalisco, from ca. 1000 BC to AD 600 provides a distinctive case study in which power was shared between multiple lineages, subverting both individual identity and hierarchical power structures based on a single royal lineage. Beekman has pursued this research through excavation at the settlements of Navajas and Llano Grande, study of the depiction of rulership in contemporary artwork, and computer simulation.

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