As part of the centennial celebrations of Puerto Vallarta, the municipal government, through the Vallarta Cultural Institute (IVC), held the “Colloquium on the Archaeology and History of Puerto Vallarta”, with the objective of educating attendees about the history of the region.
Fernando Sánchez Aceves, director of the IVC, welcomed José Carlos Beltrán Medina, from the Center of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) Tepic, Nayarit; to the chroniclers José Manuel Gómez Encarnación and Eduardo Gómez Encarnación, from Puerto Vallarta and Bahía de Banderas, respectively, as well as Jesús Palacios Bernal, president of the Union of Urban Farms of the Center, and the attendees, who gathered for the lecture.
He pointed out that the government has been good at educating and recovering the history of Puerto Vallarta, and as part of the activities of the MayoFest, there is a cultural program focused on the chronicle and public exhibitions.
He indicated that all the history in the region is known a thousand or two thousand years, besides that the history of archaeology allows us to look further than what is believed.
In this historical dialogue, there was an exhibition by the archaeologist José Carlos Beltrán Medina, who spoke about the main discoveries of regional archeology, the shell materials, as well as the mercantile exchanges that took place in pre-Hispanic times, basing his work from Punta de Mita to La Cruz de Huanacaxtle.
He announced that 42 archaeological sites were found on the coast and presented a sample of all the wealth that has been discovered around the Banderas Bay.
In a second part the lecture, the historian and chronicler of Bahía de Banderas, Eduardo Gómez Encarnación, spoke about the evolution of this region during the colonial era.
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