from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or originating in the Americas before the arrival of Columbus: pre-Columbian art.

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  • adj. Referring to the cultures of the American continent before the European influence, specifically to the era before the continent was visited by Christopher Columbus.


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  • CACIQUE Term is still used in Haiti to refer to the pre-Columbian Amerindian rulers and divisions of the country.

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  • Madera is a mecca for the state's estimated 120,000 indigenous Mexican-Indian farm workers, many of whom are from Oaxaca and speak a pre-Columbian language called Mixtec.

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  • A pair of deep, flat-bottomed holes have been chiseled out of the red clay of eastern Georgia in the U.S., like twin sports arenas from the pre-Columbian era.

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  • The Phillips is not only smaller, but it also has a very narrow focus; namely, a devotion to modern art rarely seen in larger museums where one might see Egyptian, European and pre-Columbian art, all under one roof.

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  • One place we have found our visitors to enjoy very much is Huachimontones, which is a pre-Columbian archeological site near the town of Teuchitlan, about 40 minutes west of Guadalajara (on the map you would go west toward Tequila and then left toward Ameca).

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  • They met in Mexico City, where she was the daughter of a prominent expatriate American banker and he was a hotshot archaeologist working on pre-Columbian Aztec digs.

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  • Once it was hers, she began buying books about pre-Columbian gold.

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  • Today, her library has floor-to-ceiling shelves filled with books on pre-Columbian cultures.

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  • To pay it, she offered the country half of her pre-Columbian collection.

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  • But what places it on the international art map is its most recent major acquisition: the 350 pre-Columbian works assembled by Dora Janssen.

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