New Archaeological Discoveries In Mexico To Be Topic Of CU Lecture

Published: Feb. 25, 2008

New archaeological discoveries in Mexico that are increasing understanding about the pre-Hispanic residents of the southern Isthmus region of Oaxaca will be discussed in a public lecture at the University of Colorado at Boulder on Saturday, March 8.

Marcus Winter of Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History will discuss recent excavations at several sites that shed light on the Mixes, Zapotecs, Huaves and other peoples. The southern Isthmus region of Oaxaca has received relatively little attention from archaeologists until the past five years.

Winter will speak at 7 p.m. in the Hale Science Building, room 270, on the CU-Boulder campus. Important discoveries he will discuss include early village sites dating back to 1500 B.C.; interaction with the Olmec, Zapotec and Maya civilizations; and the rise of complex societies in the southern isthmian region.

Winter has directed explorations of various regions of Oaxaca since he began working in the institute's Oaxaca office in 1974. He teaches at the National University of Mexico in Mexico City and in the University of Chicago undergraduate program in Oaxaca.

Winter earned his doctorate in anthropology from the University of Arizona.

For more information on the lecture call 303-735-3055.