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The ancient community of Tlatilco, today buried beneath modern day Mexico City, was once the thriving heart of early Mesoamerican civilization. More than 3,000 years ago, the emerging civilizations in the region experienced significant changes in sociopolitical development. Artifacts and clay sculptures from that time,  many unseen by the public until now, help shed new light on a culture shrouded in mystery. Join scholars, specialists, and museum officials as they delve into the archaeological findings and explore the rise of civilization in Mesoamerica.

The free, one-day conference is hosted by UC Riverside in conjunction with the collaborative Riverside Art Museum (RAM) and Smithsonian Affiliate Riverside Metropolitan Museum exhibition: Uncovering Ancient Mexico: The Mystery of Tlatilco. The exhibit features incredible ceramics from the RMM collection, artifacts on loan from National Museum of the American Indian (Smithsonian Institution) and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), previously unpublished images from the 1940s Tlatilco site excavations, as well as an intriguing animation directed and produced by David Lebrun, Amy Halpern, and Rosey Guthrie (director and producers of Breaking the Maya Code).

The conference is free and open to the public.

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