Into the Latin American Artifact Collection

Mesoamerican archeologist Elizabeth Paris shares some of her favourite artifacts from the Glenbow Museum Collections in the Department of Anthropology and Archeology

Videography by Haley Martin

We’re often encouraged to not dwell on the past, but, for Dr. Elizabeth Paris, PhD, associate professor in the Faculty of Arts’ Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, exploring the past and the objects that tell its stories is what lights her fire.

Paris is a Mesoamerican archeologist, with her research focusing on the Maya civilization during the period between AD 500 and AD 1100. From intricately crafted ceramics and ceremonial treasures to valuable materials used to exchange as currency, the artifacts in the department’s museum collection offer a window into the daily lives, beliefs and artistry of the ancient civilizations that once flourished in Latin America.

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