Wednesday, May 6, 2015

2015-16 Lecture Schedule

The 2015-16 Lecture Schedule is a work in progress - here's what we have so far and be sure to check back for updates:

Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 6pm: David L. Peterson, "Eurasia Before the Golden Age: Metal Technology and Metal Networks, ca. 3000-1500 BC,"  in the John B. Davis Lecture Hall in the Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, Macalester College

Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 11am: Nassos Papalexandrou, “Monsters and Vision in the Preclassical Mediterranean: The Case of the Orientalizing Cauldrons,” in the Pillsbury Auditorium at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 6pm: Philip Sellew, “Resurrecting Early Christian Lives: Digging in Papyri in a Digital Age,” in the John B. Davis Lecture Hall in the Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, Macalester College

Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 6pm: Alex Knodell, "Crossroads and Boundaries in an Ancient Greek Borderland: Regional Survey with the Mazi Archaeological Project," in the John B. Davis Lecture Hall in the Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, Macalester College

Please note change from earlier post - the listing below is correct:
Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 11am: John Hale, “CLEOPATRA: An Archaeological Perspective on Egypt’s Last Pharaoh,” in the Pillsbury Auditorium at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts
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Sunday April 10 at 2pm: John Hale, “Dragons of the North: The World of Viking Longships,” at the American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis,

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Richard Buckley's Richard III video

For anyone who missed Richard Buckley's fascinating talk about the discovery of Richard III, the video is available here, thanks to our partners at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Richard Buckley on "Richard III, The King Under the Car Park: the story of the search for the burial place of England’s last Plantagenet king"

Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 11am in the Pillsbury Auditorium at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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In August and September 2012, a team of archaeologists from the University of Leicester set out to search for the final resting place of Richard III in a car park in central Leicester.  Against all odds, the project proved to be successful in locating a potential candidate to be the king, and his identity was subsequently confirmed beyond reasonable doubt after an extensive programme of scientific analysis, including a DNA match with modern-day relatives, generating press interest from all around the globe. 

University website:

BALDWIN, D. 1986 King Richard’s Grave in Leicester, Transactions of the Leicestershire Archaeological & Historical Society 60, 21–24.    See

BUCKLEY, R., MORRIS, M., APPLEBY, J., KING, T., O’SULLIVAN, D. & FOXHALL, L. 2013 ‘The king in the car park’: new light on the death and burial of Richard III in the Grey Friars church, Leicester, in 1485, Antiquity 87, 519–538.

MORRIS, M. and BUCKLEY, R. Richard III The King Under the Car Park.  The  Search for England’s last Plantagenet King’.  Leicester:  University of Leicester

About the Speaker: Richard Buckley is a graduate in archaeology from the University of Durham and has spent over 35 years working as an archaeologist in Leicester, specialising in complex Roman and medieval urban sites and historic buildings.  He is co-Director of University of Leicester Archaeological Services and was lead archaeologist from the University of Leicester on the Search for Richard project.  He is an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), a Member of the Institute for Archaeologists, and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquities.
"My research has focused largely on the archaeology of Leicester, with particular interests in the medieval and Roman periods. However, a lifetime of archaeological research and excavation in the city beginning in 1973, and a career which has involved me in most building recording projects and all excavations (with a handful of exceptions) either as site director or project manager since 1980, has enabled me to develop an exceptionally deep knowledge of the archaeology of Leicester and the East Midlands.  I have lectured widely on Leicester Castle, Leicester Abbey, Roman Leicester, Medieval Leicester, Roman painted wall plaster from Leicester and on the Greyfriars Project which successfully located the remains of Richard III."

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Jimmy Schryver on "The Petra Garden and Pool Complex"

Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 6pm in the John B. Davis Lecture Hall in the    Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center at Macalester College

Petra, the capital of ancient kingdom of Nabataea during the 2nd century BCE - early 2nd century CE, is located in southern Jordan, approximately 80 kilometers south of the Dead Sea.  During this time, the Nabataeans used their well-known ability to harness the scarce water resources of the local desert and in some cases, make this desert bloom.  In more recent times, it has been named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.  The Petra Garden and Pool Complex (PGPC) is a major monument in the heart of Petra that has only recently come to light.  As the only known example of a Nabataean garden, and one of very few excavated ancient gardens in the Middle East, the PGPC offers a rare opportunity to explore Nabataean garden traditions within the context of the Hellenistic-Roman Near East.  As such, it is making a significant impact on our understanding of the city center, much of which is turning out to be markedly different in appearance and function than what was imagined by previous scholars. 

Visual reconstruction of the Petra Garden and Pool Complex (Chrys Kanellopoulos)

Location and parking information can be found here (#29 on the map)

A no-host dinner with the speaker will follow the lecture at Pad Thai Grand, 1681 Grand Avenue, St. Paul.

About the Speaker: James G. Schryver, Ph.D. (2005) in Medieval Studies, Cornell University, is Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Minnesota, Morris. His own work and publications on the medieval Mediterranean world focus on the archaeology of Frankish Cyprus. Professor has received many honors and awards and authored numerous articles and book chapters, including editing the volume Studies in the Archaeology of the Medieval Mediterranean, Brill Press (September, 2010). His Curriculum Vitae can be found here.