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Lecture: Prehistoric Jewelry in New Mexico

Albuquerque Museum presents a lecture by Hannah Mattson


Jul 15, 2018
02:00 PM - 03:00 PM


Albuquerque Museum
2000 Mountain Road NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87104



Hannah Mattson, guest curator for the exhibition "American Jewelry from New Mexico," uses archaeological evidence to introduce the jewelry traditions of New Mexico’s prehistoric inhabitants. The state has one of the richest and longest histories of lapidary production north of Mesoamerica. Even more extraordinary is the continuity over this vast expanse of time in both the physical qualities and social significance of objects of personal ornamentation. The traditional jewelry of New Mexico exhibits overarching similarities in raw material, form, and fabrication. These commonalities are not the result of cultural homogeneity, however, either through time or geographically. New Mexico’s lapidary industry has always been the product of a diversity of cultural influences, reflecting an influx of artisans with different social and ethnic identities, relationships with peoples in surrounding regions, and long-distance trade for raw materials.


Lecture: Prehistoric Jewelry in New Mexico

Hannah Mattson


Elizabeth Becker