Monday, September 18, 2017

Anne Austin on “Embodying the Goddess: Revealing the practice of tattooing in ancient Egypt”

Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 11am, Pillsbury Auditorium at the Minneapolis Institute of Art

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Anne Austin/Stanford University
While tattooing is an increasingly popular topic, it is rarely discussed in the past owing to the infrequent identification of tattoos in human remains. This is particularly true in dynastic Egypt, where physical evidence of tattooing was limited to a set of three female Middle Kingdom mummies from Deir el-Bahri with Nubian geometric patterns placed on their arms and abdomens. During the 2014-2015 mission of the Institut Français d’Archéologie Orientale at Deir el-Medina, however, our team identified the mummy of a woman with over thirty separate, figural tattoos placed along her arms, neck, and shoulders. These tattoos offer our only evidence of Pharaonic tattooing to date and provide us an unusual glimpse into the world of tattooing and worship in daily life.

This talk reviews the significance of this tattooed mummy from Deir el-Medina through a systematic analysis of the placement, orientation, order, and symbolism of her tattoos. These tattoos created a permanent and public association of this woman with worship of the goddess Hathor, even allowing her body to be used as a potential vehicle for the goddess herself through the repeated motif of the divine Wadjet eyes. This mummy therefore not only offers a unique and significant contribution to our understanding of the practice of tattooing in ancient Egypt, but also the potential roles of women in religious worship in ancient Egypt.

This 4-minute video made by documentary filmmakers Jean-François Dars and Ann Papillault offers a great introduction to this tattooed mummy: http://llx.fr/site/egyptian-tattoos/.  

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Working schedule for 2017-18 events - check back for updates!

Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 11am: Anne Austin, “Embodying the Goddess: Revealing the practice of tattooing in ancient Egypt,” in the Pillsbury Auditorium at the Minneapolis Institute of Art
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Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 6pm: Susan Myster, “TBD topic on Forensic Archaeology,” in the John B. Davis Lecture Hall in the Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, Macalester College
This event is free and open to the public; co-sponsored by the Anthropology Department and the Archaeological Institute of America, http://aiamn.blogspot.com/

Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 11am: John Hale, "Treasures of Caesarea Maritima," in the John B. Davis Lecture Hall in the Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, Macalester College
This event is free and open to the public; co-sponsored by the Anthropology Department and the Archaeological Institute of America, http://aiamn.blogspot.com/

Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 6pm: David Mather, "Zooarchaeology of Historic Fort Snelling and the Native Ecology of Bdote," in the John B. Davis Lecture Hall in the Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, Macalester College. This event is free and open to the public; co-sponsored by the Anthropology Department and the Archaeological Institute of America, http://aiamn.blogspot.com/

Friday, April 14, 2017

Joanne Pillsbury on "Palace into Temple: Architecture at Chan Chan, Peru"

Friday, April 28, 2017, 6:00pm - 8:30pm, O’Shaughnessy Educational Center Auditorium, University of St. Thomas
http://www.stthomas.edu/arthistory/newsandevents/departmentevents/joanne-pillsbury.html
Adobe wall, Chan Chan, Peru, Photograph by Charles Lummis (1893), 
Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center, Los Angeles (P.31810)
The city of Chan Chan, located on Peru’s north coast, was one of the largest pre-Hispanic cities in the New World. Capital of the empire of Chimor, it was the seat of one of the largest and most complex states of the Andean region prior to the rise of the Inca in the fifteenth century. At the core of the city are ten monumental structures richly ornamented with adobe reliefs. The study of these compounds presents us with distinct challenges, but also great opportunities for examining how some of the most spectacular buildings of the ancient Americas were conceived of and used over time.
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/endangered-site-chan-chan-peru-51748031/














Joanne Pillsbury is the Pearson Curator of Ancient American Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Previously associate director of the Getty Research Institute, and prior to that, director of Pre-Columbian Studies at Dumbarton Oaks, she has also taught at the University of Maryland and the University of East Anglia.  She has been the editor, co-editor, or author of numerous books and articles on ancient American art and architecture, and the history of archaeology and collecting. 




Please note that there will NOT be an AIA member dinner with the speaker, but there will be a small reception after the talk.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Lothar von Falkenhausen on "Trying to Do the Right Thing to Protect the World’s Cultural Heritage: One Committee Member’s Tale”

Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 11am, Pillsbury Auditorium at the Minneapolis Institute of Art

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Von Falkenhausen recording traditional salt production
techniques at Chongtancun, Sichuan (March, 1999).
This is a personal account of the author's service as a member of President Obama's Cultural Property Advisory Committee. It reflects upon the purpose of the committee, its composition and the nature of its work, as well as the wider impact of the United States government's efforts to contribute to cultural-heritage preservation worldwide.

See more on the Cultural Property Advisory Committee at: http://eca.state.gov/cultural-heritage-center/cultural-property-protection/process-and-purpose/cultural-property-advisory#sthash.mFYSi7GS.dpuf

Lothar von Falkenhausen is Professor of Chinese Archaeology and Art History with the Department of Art History at UCLA, and is also Associate Director of the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology. His specialty is Chinese archaeology and since 1999, he has served as the American co-Principal Investigator of the ongoing UCLA-Peking University Joint Project on Landscape Archaeology and Ancient Salt Production in the Sichuan Region. 

Monday, February 20, 2017

Sudharshan Seneviratne on "Sustainable Museums: Heritage Preservation in Sri Lanka”

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 3:30-5:00pm, In Murray-Herrick Building, room 204, University of St. Thomas
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Faced with a twin crisis —a thirty-year old civil war and a destructive tsunami—archaeologists and heritage managers in Sri Lanka sought alternative strategies to holistically tackle the resurrection of battered heritage sites and the broken psyches of their resident communities.  They had to deal with an area with rich pre-Colonial, Colonial and post-Colonial histories while recognizing the reality of its cultural diversity. Their response was to incorporate the nucleus of the museum site, the extended World Heritage site in which it was located and its buffer zone as an organically interlinked platform for the establishment of the Total Museum. 


This talk describes the saga of the UNESCO Declared World Heritage site of the 16th Century Dutch Fort in Galle, Sri Lanka. The Fort offered a unique opportunity to revive its living heritage and its resident community along with sustainable economic and tourism ventures as a highly commended project for best practice in Heritage Management in South Asia. 


About the speaker: https://www.archaeological.org/sudharshanseneviratne%E2%80%942013conservationandheritagemanagementaward

The Murray-Herrick Campus Center can be found on the University of St. Thomas map here

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Deanna O'Donnell on "What is Glass Bead Disease?: A study of the Fort Union Trade Bead Collection"

Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 6pm, John B. Davis Lecture Hall in the Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, Macalester College

Glass Bead Disease is an irreversible, degradation process that leaves the surface of the glass with microfractures, pitting, and a white ‘crust’. The number of studies that have explored the cause of glass disease in beads over the past five decades is small.  Conservators have observed acceleration in the degradation for beads attached to corrosive natural materials. Blue beads are especially susceptible, suggesting the colorant plays a role in the process.  Fort Union Trading Post has a unique collection of Native American glass trade beads, both in its size and history.  The beads have not been used, so their condition can be attributed to natural weathering.  In July 2015, 81 beads from the Fort Union collection were analyzed by optical microscopy and portable X-ray Fluorescence Spectroscopy.  The majority of the beads were blue hollow cane beads that varied in condition.  This pilot study aimed to identify chemical trends within the glass composition that were correlated to condition to potentially identify a chemical fingerprint conservators and curators could use to predict vulnerable glass artifacts. In this talk, Dr. O’Donnell will present their preliminary findings.



About the speaker: 
Deanna O’Donnell is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Hamline, where she teaches Analytical Chemistry and Instrumental Methods.  She began her scientific career at McMaster University in Canada receiving her BS degree in Chemistry. She earned her PhD from the University of Notre Dame in Physical Chemistry where she studied aqueous radicals using Time-Resolved Resonance Raman Spectroscopy. Dr. O’Donnell continued her training in a joint postdoctoral appointment at City College of New York and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her post-doctoral work focused on developing Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy as a nondestructive method to analyze molecular dyes found in cultural heritage objects and controlled substances in forensic evidence. During her post-doc, she was also an adjunct instructor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice teaching General Chemistry. At Hamline, Dr. O’Donnell has continued to develop analytical methods for the analysis of small molecules relevant to the fields of forensic sciences and cultural heritage.


https://sites.google.com/site/deannaodonnellhu/

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Saturday, November 19, 2016

Katherine Erdman on "Enticing the Gods of Ancient Gaul: Iron Age and Gallo-Roman Ritual Offerings Deposited in Springs "

Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 6pm, John B. Davis Lecture Hall in the Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, Macalester College


Chatillon-sur-Seine - Source de la Douix
Tossing a coin into a fountain for luck is a tradition with roots in the ancient world. Throughout European prehistory, people visited different types of watery places, such as bogs, rivers, and springs, to deposit a variety of objects, not just coins, as offerings to their gods. Focusing on a series of springs in the Burgundy region of modern day France, we will explore the offerings deposited there by Iron Age and Gallo-Roman Period inhabitants and the impact the Roman conquest had on indigenous ritual practices in ancient Gaul.

GR.2.003 999.7.1
About the speaker: https://umn.academia.edu/KatherineErdman














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