Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Preliminary 2016-17 Event Schedule

Here is our preliminary list of 2016-17 AIA-MN events - please check back for updates!

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
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

Friday, April 28, 2017 at 6pm Joanne 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

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Pieter Broucke on “A Roman Architect at Work: Apollodoros of Damascus and the Design of the Pantheon"

Thursday, February 11, 2016    at 6pm

Weisman Art Museum, 

University of Minnesota   
Dr. Broucke's reconstruction

The Pantheon in Rome ranks among the most celebrated monuments of Classical Antiquity. Yet many questions regarding its design and construction remain. In this lecture, Dr. Pieter Broucke, Middlebury College, will explore and reconstruct this enigmatic building’s various phases of design and construction. This talk is co-sponsored with the University of Minnesota Department of Art History and Weisman Art Museum.

About the speaker: Pieter Broucke is a professor of History of Art and Architecture and the the Director of the Arts at Middlebury College. He holds a PhD from Yale in History of Art and Architecture, an MA in Archaeology from the University of Minnesota, and a Professional Degree in Architecture from Ghent, in his native Belgium. He is delighted to return to the Twin Cities.

Please note that there will be time for questions after the talk, but there will not be an AIA-MN dinner with Professor Broucke.

Location and parking information can be found here. Please note that the Weisman's pay ramp can be entered from East River Road.