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Pre-Columbian Artifacts

          The artistic achievements of the civilizations of Pre-Columbian America rival those of the classic civilizations of Europe, Africa, and Asia.  Like the Greeks, Romans, Chinese, and Egyptians, the Mezo-Americans developed powerful cultural traditions and mythologies that are reflected in the art and artifacts they have left behind.  Unlike these old world cultures, the ancient Americans developed no written language before the collapse of their civilizations during the European conquest of the New World.  For this reason, the art and artifacts of these early American empires are particularly important.  The tools, ceramics, textiles, sculpture, painting, and architecture that have survived into modern times are our only clues to the traditions and beliefs of these magnificent ancient civilizations.

North America

Mexico and Central America

South America

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