Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Students! Share your work on Archaeology Day!

International Archaeology Day is coming up on October 15 and we will once again celebrate with a talk about cultural heritage preservation and student poster session. students, please consider presenting a poster on Recent Fieldwork and Research Projects Related to Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Preservation. The call for posters is here and abstracts are due September 25. This is a great way to share your work and build your CV/resume while having fun and learning what other interesting projects MN students are working on!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Bret Jackson and Richard Graff, “Time Travel is Possible: Computational Tools to Support Experiential Analysis of Oratorical Venues in Ancient Greece"


Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 6pm, John B. Davis Lecture Hall in the Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, Macalester College


The Pnyx site in Athens is of enormous historical importance; it is widely regarded as the birthplace of democracy, but despite decades of intensive study, many fundamental features of the site remain in dispute. How many audience members could attend meetings and what would it feel like to speak to 6,000 audience members (a quorum) or more? What demands does the structure itself make on the speaker to be seen, heard, and understood, and on auditors to see, hear, and understand? We will discuss a digital liberal arts collaboration between computer scientists and a scholar of Greek rhetoric pioneering the use of virtual reality and computational tools for experiential analysis of oratorical performance venues.


Dr. Graff’s current research considers the theories of prose style presented in the rhetorical treatises of ancient Greece and Rome.  He is especially interested in the ways early theories of style reflect or respond to circumstances of oratorical performance and textual production in classical antiquity.  His articles on this subject have appeared in Rhetorica, Rhetoric Society Quarterly, and Advances in the History of Rhetoric.  He has also published essays on evolving historiographies of rhetoric and on the rhetorical theory of Chaim Perelman, and is co-editor of The Viability of the Rhetorical Tradition.

He is a past president of the American Society for the History of Rhetoric (ASHR) and serves as referee for several journals in rhetorical studies. He has held a University of Minnesota McKnight Summer Research Fellowship and been a visiting Senior Associate Member of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, Greece. Dr. Graff is an Associate Professor in the Department of Writing Studies and teaches graduate courses and seminars in Classical Rhetoric, Modern Rhetorical Theory, and Rhetorical Stylistics. He is recipient of the College of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences’ (now CFANS) Distinguished Teaching Award.
http://www.tc.umn.edu/~graff013/

Professor Jackson studies 3D human-computer interaction and data visualization. His research investigates how to interact with spatial data more effectively using new computer interfaces, such as virtual reality. In his free time, he plays water polo and enjoys canoeing and hiking.


*Location and parking information can be found here (#29 on the printable map at the bottom of the link)

AIA members may join the speaker for a no-host meal following the talk.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

2016-17 Event Schedule

Here is our schedule of 2016-17 AIA-MN events - please check back for additions!


Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 6pm: Bret Jackson and Richard Graff, “Time Travel is Possible: Computational Tools to Support Experiential Analysis of Oratorical Venues in Ancient Greece," in the John B. Davis Lecture Hall in the Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, Macalester College

Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 11am: A Look at Cultural Heritage Preservation in Honor of International Archaeology Day: Sudharshan Seneviratne, recipient of the 2013 AIA Award for Best Practice in Conservation and Heritage Management, will speak about “Cultural Heritage Preservation in Sri Lanka” at 11am. Professor Seneviratne’s talk will be followed from 12-2pm by a reception and presentation of Student Posters related to related to archaeology and preservation. In Fine Arts Commons, Macalester College
- -- look for a call for posters in September!

Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 11am: Pearce Paul Creasman, “Maritime History & Archaeology of Ancient Egypt,” in the Pillsbury Auditorium at the Minneapolis Institute of Art (note: all AIA-MN events at Mia remain free but require advance tickets and tickets for this talk will be available after October 1)


Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 6pm: Katherine Erdman, "Enticing the Gods of Ancient Gaul: Iron Age and Gallo-Roman Ritual Offerings Deposited in Springs," in the John B. Davis Lecture Hall in the Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, Macalester College

Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 6pm: Deanna O’Donnell, "What is Glass Bead Disease?: A study of the Fort Union Trade Bead Collection," in the John B. Davis Lecture Hall in the Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, Macalester College

Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 11am: Lothar von Falkenhausen, “Trying to Do the Right Thing to Protect the World’s Cultural Heritage: One Committee Member’s Tale,” in the Pillsbury Auditorium at the Minneapolis Institute of Art (note: all Mia events are free but require advance tickets)


Friday, April 28, 2017 at 6pmJoanne Pillsbury, “Palace into Temple: Architecture at Chan Chan, Peru,” at the University of St. Thomas.

2016-17 Event Schedule

Here is our schedule of 2016-17 AIA-MN events - please check back for additions!


Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 6pm: Bret Jackson and Richard Graff, “Time Travel is Possible: Computational Tools to Support Experiential Analysis of Oratorical Venues in Ancient Greece," in the John B. Davis Lecture Hall in the Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, Macalester College

Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 11am: A Look at Cultural Heritage Preservation in Honor of International Archaeology Day: Sudharshan Seneviratne, recipient of the 2013 AIA Award for Best Practice in Conservation and Heritage Management, will speak about “Cultural Heritage Preservation in Sri Lanka” at 11am. Professor Seneviratne’s talk will be followed from 12-2pm by a reception and presentation of Student Posters related to related to archaeology and preservation
- -- look for a call for posters in September!

Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 11am: Pearce Paul Creasman, “Maritime History & Archaeology of Ancient Egypt,” in the Pillsbury Auditorium at the Minneapolis Institute of Art (note: all AIA-MN events at Mia remain free but require advance tickets and tickets for this talk will be available after October 1)


Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 6pm: Katherine Erdman, "Enticing the Gods of Ancient Gaul: Iron Age and Gallo-Roman Ritual Offerings Deposited in Springs," in the John B. Davis Lecture Hall in the Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, Macalester College

Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 6pm: Deanna O’Donnell, "What is Glass Bead Disease?: A study of the Fort Union Trade Bead Collection," in the John B. Davis Lecture Hall in the Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, Macalester College

Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 11am: Lothar von Falkenhausen, “Trying to Do the Right Thing to Protect the World’s Cultural Heritage: One Committee Member’s Tale,” in the Pillsbury Auditorium at the Minneapolis Institute of Art (note: all Mia events are free but require advance tickets)


Friday, April 28, 2017 at 6pmJoanne Pillsbury, “Palace into Temple: Architecture at Chan Chan, Peru,” at the University of St. Thomas.

2016-17 Event Schedule

Here is our schedule of 2016-17 AIA-MN events - please check back for additions!


Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 6pm: Bret Jackson and Richard Graff, “Time Travel is Possible: Computational Tools to Support Experiential Analysis of Oratorical Venues in Ancient Greece," in the John B. Davis Lecture Hall in the Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, Macalester College

Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 11am: A Look at Cultural Heritage Preservation in Honor of International Archaeology Day: Sudharshan Seneviratne, recipient of the 2013 AIA Award for Best Practice in Conservation and Heritage Management, will speak about “Cultural Heritage Preservation in Sri Lanka” at 11am. Professor Seneviratne’s talk will be followed from 12-2pm by a reception and presentation of Student Posters related to related to archaeology and preservation
- -- look for a call for posters in September!

Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 11am: Pearce Paul Creasman, “Maritime History & Archaeology of Ancient Egypt,” in the Pillsbury Auditorium at the Minneapolis Institute of Art (note: all Mia events are free but require advance tickets and tickets for this talk will be available after October 1)

Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 6pm: Katherine Erdman, "Enticing the Gods of Ancient Gaul: Iron Age and Gallo-Roman Ritual Offerings Deposited in Springs," in the John B. Davis Lecture Hall in the Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, Macalester College

Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 6pm: Deanna O’Donnell, "What is Glass Bead Disease?: A study of the Fort Union Trade Bead Collection," in the John B. Davis Lecture Hall in the Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, Macalester College

Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 11am: Lothar von Falkenhausen, “Trying to Do the Right Thing to Protect the World’s Cultural Heritage: One Committee Member’s Tale,” in the Pillsbury Auditorium at the Minneapolis Institute of Art (note: all Mia events are free but require advance tickets)


Friday, April 28, 2017 at 6pmJoanne Pillsbury, “Palace into Temple: Architecture at Chan Chan, Peru,” at the University of St. Thomas.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

John Hale on "CLEOPATRA: An Archaeological Perspective on Egypt's Last Pharaoh"

Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 11:00 am, Pillsbury Auditorium, Minneapolis Institute of Arts

++ Free but all Mia talks are now ticketed ++
call 612-870-6323 or reserve online



Cleopatra, last pharaoh of Egypt, may be the most famous female ruler in all of history.  But her Roman enemies made her notorious for all the wrong reasons: her political ambitions, her sumptuous lifestyle, and above all her love affairs with Julius Caesar and Mark Antony.  Yet if we look past the long-standing stereotypes of popular culture, from Plutarch and Shakespeare to Elizabeth Taylor and Hollywood, the archaeological evidence paints a very different picture.  In this illustrated lecture, we will tour the Egypt that Cleopatra inherited from her Ptolemaic ancestors, view her self-chosen portraits on coins and temple walls, and take in her extraordinary achievements as goddess, priestess, queen, civil administrator, scholar, lover, and above all, mother.  Our journeys will follow Cleopatra from the Nile to the Tiber, and from desert shrines to the streets and palaces of her capital at Alexandria, now sunken beneath the waters of Alexandria harbor.  Archaeological discoveries create a truer picture of Cleopatra than the many literary and dramatic fantasies that have distorted the memory of this great leader.


John R. Hale is the Director of Liberal Studies for the College of Arts and Sciences, and Adjunct Professor of Archaeology, at the University of Louisville, Kentucky.  He earned his B.A. at Yale University and his Ph.D. at Cambridge University and did his dissertation on Bronze Age Boats of Scandinavia. Professor Hale teaches introductory courses on archaeology, as well as more specialized courses on the Bronze Age, the ancient Greeks, the Roman world, Celtic cultures, Vikings, and on nautical and underwater archaeology.  He has received many awards for distinguished teaching, including the Panhellenic Teacher of the Year Award and the Delphi Center Award.  He has been published in the journal Antiquity, The Classical Bulletin, The Journal of Roman Archaeology, and Scientific American, and is also the author of Lords of the Sea (2009), a volume about the ancient Athenian navy.  Professor Hale has more than 30 years of fieldwork experience, including at the Romano-British site of Dragonby in Lincolnshire, and at the Roman Villa of Torre de Palma, Portugal. He has also carried out interdisciplinary studies of ancient oracle sites in Greece and Turkey, including the famous Delphic Oracle, and participated in an undersea search in Greek waters for lost fleets from the time of the Persian Wars.  He was an AIA  Norton Lecturer for 2009/2010.

This talk is FREE but tickets are required.  To reserve a ticket call 612.870.6323 or reserve online.

AIA members may join the speaker for a no-host meal following the talk.


Friday, February 12, 2016

Alex Knodell on “Crossroads and Boundaries in an Ancient Greek Borderland: Regional Survey with the Mazi Archaeological Project”



Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 6pm, John B. Davis Lecture Hall in the Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, Macalester College

The Mazi Archaeological Project (MAP) is a diachronic regional survey of the Mazi Plain, located in the Kithairon mountain range of northwest Attica, Greece. This area is characterized by its rich agricultural land and its critical location on a major land route between two of the most historically significant regions in Greece: Attica and Boeotia. Territorial disputes in this borderland are attested from the Late Archaic period (Herodotos 5.74.2) and region has marked importance for the study of Attic- Boeotian topography, mythology, and religion – especially at the sites of Oinoe (the outermost Attic Deme site) and Eleutherai (one of the best examples of fortress architecture in all of Greece). Our approach to regional history also extends well beyond the Classical past to include prehistoric precursors, as well as the later history of this part of Greece. An initial field season took place in 2014, followed by a larger-scale effort in 2015. This lecture examines some of our survey results, which shed new light on the long-term history of this crossroads and borderland from prehistory to the present.


About the speaker: Alex Knodell (pronounced no-DELL) is an assistant professor in the Classics department at Carleton College, where he also co-directs the undergraduate archaeology program. His research focuses on archaeological approaches to landscapes and interaction in the ancient Mediterranean and Middle East, especially Greece and Jordan.  His PhD dissertation from Brown University examined network-driven approaches to social change in the Euboean Gulf in the Late Bronze Age and Early Iron Age, a project he is currently working on turning into a book.  Alex also co-directs the Mazi Archaeological Project, located in northwest Attica, Greece, which is a regional survey project and an international collaboration between Greek, Swiss, and American archaeologists.

*Location and parking information can be found here (#29 on the printable map at the bottom of the link)

AIA members may join the speaker for a no-host meal following the talk at Pad Thai Grand