Saturday, March 25, 2023

Interdisciplinary Archaeology in Croatia: Art Historical, Environmental, and Geological approaches to Cultural Heritage

 Friday April 14, 3:30-5pm, in-person at the University of St Thomas, Anderson Student Center, Room 340 (the Hearth Room)

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Please join us for brief presentations and casual conversation about interdisciplinary archaeological research projects in Croatia. Topics that students and professors have worked on include fresco analysis, geological core sampling and cultural heritage management in touristic island environments.

Croatia: An Archaeological Journey, Sunday, April 2, 2023 at 3 pm in-person at the Croatian Hall


Wednesday, January 4, 2023

Dr. Ann Olga Koloski-Ostrow on “Exploring the Technologies and Realities of Roman Toilets: Not a lot to Go on.”

Tuesday, February 21, 2023 at 6pm CT on Zoom

As always, this event is free and open to the public, but please pre-register via our partner, the University of St Thomas Art History dept 
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Latrine at Ostia Antica, By Fubar Obfusco -, Public Domain,

This talk considers the following: What can Roman toilets teach us about daily life in ancient Rome?  What does the archaeology of these structures reveal about Roman hygiene, public sanitation, customs related to purity or cleanliness? In a talk that investigates and illustrates some key examples of public and private Roman toilets from Rome, Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Ostia, we take a trip down into the black holes of ancient space for some answers.

Talk by Prof. Ann Olga Koloski-Ostrow, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts:

Monday, November 14, 2022

Archaeology Virtual events 2022-2023!

Please remember that pre-registration is required for the real-time Zoom events, but they are also being recorded and will be available on the AIA YouTube Channel:


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Monday, May 2, 2022

War on Looting: Contested Object Case Studies

Monday, May 9, 6:00 pm CT on Zoom

As always, this event is free and open to the public, but please pre-register via our partner, the University of St Thomas Art History dept 
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Weary Herakles, MFA Bostonimage: Weary Herakles, MFA Boston repatriated to Turkey

Please join us for an hour of brief case studies and Q&A about Looting presented by University of St. Thomas Art History graduate students!

  • Looting Related to colonialism: Presentations by Erica Berglund, Mari Kuennen and Brielle Pizzala
  • Looting Related to Wartime: Presentations by Erin Bourget, Julianna Hunt, Mary Agnes Ratelle
  • Looting in the Present Day: Presentations by Elsa Ballata, Ingrid Cologne, Nicole Petersen
  • Moderators: Lorene McGrane and Jon Lundberg

            Monday, March 21, 2022

            Brian Daniels on "Protecting Cultural Property During Wartime"

            Monday, April 4, 2022 at 6pm CT on Zoom* 

            * As always, this event is free and open to the public, but please pre-register via our partner, the University of St Thomas Art History dept 
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            Current events in Ukraine and Afghanistan have drawn attention to to the need to protect cultural property, as an essential element of human rights and identity, during wartime. Please join us for what promises to be a fascinating and timely and timely conversation.

            About the speaker:

            Brian Daniels is director of research and programs for the Penn Cultural Heritage Center at the University of Pennsylvania Museum, adjunct assistant professor in the University of Pennsylvania anthropology graduate group, visiting professor in the Sustainable Cultural Heritage Graduate Program at the American University of Rome, research associate at the Smithsonian Institution and VP for Cultural Heritage at the Archaeological Institute of America

            Wednesday, January 19, 2022

            Untold Stories at the Museum of the Bible. Artifacts, Provenance, and Bias in the Contact Zone


            Monday, Feb 21, 2022 at 6pm CT on Zoom:

            Zoom Webinar is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is requiredco-sponsored by the University of St. Thomas Department of Art History
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            The exhibition of archaeological artifacts from the “Holy Land”, specifically the Dead Sea Scrolls on display at the Museum of the Bible, offers a compelling case study. The Dead Sea Scrolls as contact zone for the consideration of curatorial decision-making, visitor engagement, honesty, untold stories, and the potential for redemption at the Museum of the Bible.

            About the speaker: 
            Morag Kersel is an archaeologist who works in the Eastern Mediterranean in the Neolithic, Chalcolithic and Early Bronze Age periods. Morag is associate professor of anthropology and director of the Museum Studies Minor at DePaul University. She earned a PhD in Archaeology from the University of Cambridge. She also holds a Master of Historic Preservation (with Distinction) from the University of Georgia, a Master of Arts in Near Eastern Studies from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in Classical Studies from Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada. In addition to participating in archaeological excavations and surveys in Egypt, Greece, Israel, Jordan, Palestine, and Turkey, Morag is interested in the relationship between cultural heritage law, archaeological sites and objects, and local interaction. She has published a number of articles and is the co-author (with Christina Luke) U.S. Cultural Diplomacy and Archaeology: Soft Power, Hard Heritage (2013) and co-editor (with M.T. Rutz ) of Archaeologies of Text: Archaeology, Technology, and Ethics (2014).