We would like to congratulate Patricia Crown on her election to the National Academy of Sciences. Her record of research and scholarship in Southwestern prehistory places her among the top archaeologists in the nation. She joins a select group of anthropologists and brings additional renown to the University of New Mexico.
24 June 2014 | 7:30-8:30 pm | Albuquerque Museum of Art and History
Albuquerque Archaeological Society Meeting presented by UNM professor Dr. Patricia Crown. Chocolate and macaws were important in ritual and exchange in Mesoamerica and the American Southwest over a millennium before the Spanish entered the New World. The Spanish rapidly adapted and adopted these commodities into their own economic system. Far from their tropical home, chocolate and macaws spread through Europe, becoming status symbols of the European elite. How did a plant and a bird become prestige items in so many different cultures? Dr. Crown draws on archaeological research and art history to show how the elite on two continents used these two species as luxury items, displaying both the species and images of them over many centuries. She will include recent results from NSF-funded research to show how chocolate drinks became important in ceremonial life in the American Southwest, while placing this consumption in a broader global context.
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