AHSS faculty lecture by Annabeth Headrick
LOCATION: Anderson Academic Commons, Special Events Room
Internationalism and Economics in a Pre-Columbian Society: the Glory and Success of Chichen Itza
Presented by Annabeth Headrick, associate professor of art history
Co-sponsored by the Pioneer Alumni Legends (PALS)
Positioned in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, Chichen Itza arose after the collapse of many great Maya cities. The keys to its success seem to have been its ability to embrace a multicultural perspective and foster international trade on a level never before seen in Mesoamerica. The result was a burgeoning middle elite who shared in the wealth and luxury of this economic powerhouse. In this talk, we will see the art made with exotic turquoise coming from New Mexico and gold from Central or South America. Further, we will see the portraits of the newly wealthy who paraded around in all their finery.