Wednesday, July 14, 2021

2021-2022 AIA events

 Our AIA events will continue as webinars for the 2021-22 season - here's what we have scheduled so far:

Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 6pm CT: Pam Crabtree on “State Formation in Anglo-Saxon England”

DESCRIPTION: This presentation explores the archaeology of Anglo-Saxon England from the end of the Roman period to the development of towns in the 8th and 9th centuries CE and the formation of the Anglo-Saxon state in the late 9th and 10th centuries.

Related recent Archaeology magazine feature

Monday, Feb 21, 2022 at 6pm CT: Morag Kersel on “Untold Stories at the Museum of the Bible. Artifacts, Provenance, and Bias in the Contact Zone”

DESCRIPTION: 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.

Please check back for additions!

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Frances Gallart Marqués on "Terracotta Figurines from the Field to the Museum"


Rescheduled for Monday, May 3 at 6pm - please register via the St. Thomas Dept of Art History homepage

 (Links to an external site.)

SPEAKER: Frances Gallart Marqués, PhD, Archaeological Exploration of Sardis and Harvard Art Museums

DESCRIPTION: In the 1870s, thousands of ancient terracotta figurines were discovered in cemeteries surrounding the small city of Tanagra in Greece. The brightly colored figures, many of which depicted young women, became a sensation with Victorian audiences and inspired new works by painters, musicians, and writers. In this talk, Frances Gallart Marqués will discuss the ramifications of the figurines’ discovery and the ways in which archaeologists and museums deal with their legacy today.

This talk is co-sponsored by the University of St. Thomas Department of Art History

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Michelle Damian on "Archaeology through Art: Early Modern Japanese Ship Construction."

Zoom Webinar is free and open to the public; co-sponsored by the University of St. Thomas Department of Art History (scroll down to “Events” to register)

please register via the St. Thomas Dept of Art History homepage

Lecture summary:

Maritime trade and transport flourished during Japan’s early modern (Edo, 1603 – 1868) period, connecting the urban centers of Osaka and Edo with the farthest reaches of Hokkaido and Kyushu. The omnipresent nature and variety of styles of boats, from local ferries, to fishing vessels, to large trade ships are recorded diligently in hundreds of woodblock prints by numerous different artists. Careful analysis of the construction styles and contexts of these vessels in the prints, in conjunction with contemporary ships’ treatises, extant artifacts in museum collections, and ethnographic research suggests that shipwrights strove to create visually striking watercraft that were adapted to the waters they plied. This lecture will highlight some of the distinctive features of Japanese ship construction and explore the role that different vessels play in the early modern maritime cultural landscape. 


 Michelle Damian has been teaching at Monmouth College (IL) since 2016, where she teaches classes on Japanese and Chinese history, public history, and maritime archaeology. She received her PhD from the University of Southern California, was a postdoctoral fellow at the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard University and has worked and studied in Japan for over nine years.


Dr. Damian specializes in Japanese maritime history and archaeology, most recently focusing on 14th– to 16th– century Japanese maritime-based trade networks, tracing the movements of both people and commodities in the Seto Inland Sea region. She has published widely on this topic, and has received numerous honors and awards (++ add Forsyth lectureship info) . She is also involved in museum work, volunteering with the local Warren County History Museum and the online Museum of Underwater Archaeology


Short bibliography and/or website on lecture topic (for lay reader):


Damian, Michelle. “Japanese Wooden Boats in Woodblock Prints: A Research Project Journal,” The Museum of Underwater Archaeology.


DiPaolo Loren, Diana, and Uzi Baram

2007    Between Art and Artifact: Approaches to Visual Representations in Historical Archaeology. Historical Archaeology 41(1):1 – 5.


Kalland, Arne. 

1995    Fishing Villages in Tokugawa Japan. University of Hawai’i Press, Honolulu, HI.


Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Spring 2021 events

We will have 2 "official" AIA webinar talks this spring (below), but may add some more casual student presentations as well, so stay tuned to updates here and on our Facebook page

Monday, April 12, 2021, 6pm CT
Frances Gallart Marqués, “Terracotta Figurines from the Field to the Museum.” 
Webinar is free and open to the public; co-sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America and the University of St. Thomas Department of Art History (scroll down to “Events” to register)    

Monday, April 26, 2021 at 6pm CT:
Michelle Damian, "Archaeology through Art: Early Modern Japanese Ship Construction." 
Webinar is free and open to the public; co-sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America and the University of St. Thomas Department of Art History (scroll down to “Events” to register)

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Virtual event January 3, 2021!

On January 3rd, the Archaeological Institute of America will kick off its 122nd Annual Meeting with Society Sunday.  Society Sunday is a special first-of-its-kind that brings together AIA members and the general public for a day of archaeological programming which includes two fantastic public events: an opening lecture and Q&A session with renowned Egyptologist Salima Ikram (1pm CST) and a panel discussion perfect for getting into archaeology while you are staying at home: Digital Archaeology for a Virtual World (4pm CST). Click here for additional information and registration links.

Friday, October 2, 2020

Dr. Hilary Becker: "Shopping for Artists' Materials in Ancient Rome: Pigment Shops, Pigments, and Product Choice"

Friday October 9th at 6pm: "Shopping for Artists' Materials in Ancient Rome: Pigment Shops, Pigments, and Product Choice." via Zoom Webinar.

The talk is free and open to the public but You must register by Noon on Thursday October 8th. Use the following link to register for the talk and we look forward to seeing you there.

The discovery of the only known pigment shop in ancient Rome revealed an array of colors in their raw, mineral form waiting to be sold to wall painters. Ancient pigments provide a surprising opportunity to understand how science can be used in archaeology, revealing what pigments were present in the shop and, potentially, the source from which they originated, as well as exploring the supply-side economy of Roman painting and the steps by which these pigments went from the mine, to a shop, to the walls of a Roman house. This lecture also explores the economy of the Roman pigment trade, looking at the prices of pigments as well as the potential for their adulteration.

Monday, March 30, 2020

Spring lectures CANCELLED

Due to the current Covid-19 crisis, our April lectures are cancelled and we hope to reschedule them next year. 

In the meantime, here are some options for getting your archaeology fix:
The national Archaeological Institute of America has some great resources, including Interactive Digs, the American Journal of Archaeology and Archaeology magazine. And the Minneapolis Institute of Art Vimeo site has a lot of videos, including most of our previous AIA lectures held at Mia.