Ancient Societies of Latin America and the Caribbean

3-Part Seminar Series


Tuesday July 26, 2022 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Peabody Museum at Harvard

Wednesday July 27, 2022
Location: Online

Thursday July 28, 2022 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Peabody Museum at Harvard



Focal Skills and Dispositions

Evaluating visual evidence, Developing cross-cultural sensitivity, Inquiry


22.5 PDPs; 1 Graduate Credit


Partnership educators: No cost (other than fee for 1 graduate credit)
Non-partnership educators: $450 (plus $160 for 1 graduate credit)

Especially for educators of Grades 5-12 with a focus on 6th grade

This hybrid institute, offered in collaboration with Harvard’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, will provide opportunities for teachers to deepen their knowledge of the early complex societies of South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean.  Through exploration of the museum’s Ancient Americas galleries, presentations by scholars, and workshops with expert teacher-practitioners, this short program will provide an introduction to key themes for teaching the region’s early history, geography and culture. We’ll be encountering the remarkable artwork of the Olmec, the cosmology of Teotihuacan, the innovations of the Maya in architecture and writing, the seagoing practices of the Taíno, and much more. The middle day of the program will involve online coursework, delving into the rich digital resources available for these topics.

**This program aligns with the 6.T5 Unit from the forthcoming DESE open source curriculum**

Registration Information

Partnership Educators:

Registration must be approved through your school district. Contact your school district’s Primary Source representative with your request.

Non-partnership Educators:

Register using the form below.


Contact Sara Clamage at

Registration is ongoing until the course is filled.