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Pre-Columbian Objects by Culture

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Three thousand years and over fifty degrees of latitude are represented in the collection, which originates in three major geographical areas. Mesoamerica extends from modern-day Mexico to Honduras and was home to a variety of sophisticated societies including the Olmec, Maya, Teotihuacan, and Aztec. The Intermediate Area refers to the region between modern-day Honduras and Colombia, where a multitude of chiefly societies held sway. The Andes region, from Ecuador to Argentina, saw the rise of diverse cultures including the Chavín, Moche, Chimú, Wari, and Inka.