UNCA Hosts Talk on Mesoamerican and Mississippian
Cultures by Anthropologist Johannes Neurath
Mexican anthropologist Johannes Neurath will discuss similarities
between Central American and Southeastern U.S. archaeological cultures at
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, at UNC Asheville’s Owen Conference Center.
The event is free and open to the public.
Scholars have noticed that images and symbols used by the Central
American, or Mesoamerican, cultures in their ritual practices are very
similar to those found in the early cultures of the Mississippian and
Southeastern portions of the United States. Neurath, a curator at Mexico's
National Museum of Anthropology, will discuss these similarities
from a new perspective that questions the assigning of cultural types to a
distinct geographic area. He will relate the images and symbols to each
culture and note their close relationships. The lecture will be presented
with accompanying slides.
Neurath’s talk, "Mesoamerica and the Southeast Ceremonial
Cult," is sponsored by UNCA’s Classic Department and Humanities
Program in conjunction with the Western Carolina Society of the
Archaeological Institute of America.
For more information, call Dorothy Dvorsky-Rohner, UNCA assistant
professor of classics, at 828/251-6295.
- Dr. Dorothy Dvorsky-Rohner, Assistant Professor of Classics,
- Jill Yarnall, UNCA Public Information Assistant Director, 828/251-6526