Lost Kingdoms of Central America

The four past cultures of Central America highlighted in this digital exploration of the Americas collections each reflect the fascinating pathways to social complexity that have emerged independently in this region of the world.

These objects, and the stories they tell, shine a light on the origins of some of the intriguing aspects of human culture. These include the Olmec use of Public Art, the complexities of cultural identity among the Taíno of the Caribbean, the importance of environmental symbiosis in the Chiriquí Era towns built on the volcanoes of Costa Rica and the correlation between the spatial and spiritual architecture of Teotihuacan.

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Ocelot offering vessel, Teotihuacan, 100 BC - AD 650