Old Pots And New Drains: Changing Approaches To Waste And Wastewater In A Pompeian Neighborhood
AIA Society: South Pennsylvania (Carlisle)Lecturer: Catherine K. Baker
Infrastructure connected with the removal of wastewater forms an important, yet often overlooked, element of the urban landscape. This talk explores how approaches to wastewater infrastructure in the Roman city of Pompeii changed over time, shifting from underground soak-away systems, made from reused pots, to underground drains. Through an examination of these different types of wastewater removal systems in Pompeii, particularly those recently excavated by University of Cincinnati’s project in the non-elite Porta Stabia neighborhood, we trace how choices and changes in wastewater removal and technology were closely tied with the wider needs, economic and material resources, and even political circumstances of the city and its residents.
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HYBRID - Plumbing The Depths: Exploring Violence And Warfare In Humanity’s Past
AIA Society: Akron/KentLecturer: Nam C. Kim
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Operation Demeter: What Italy’s Largest Antiquities Bust Reveals About Archaeological Looting Today
AIA Society: GainesvilleLecturer: Fiona Greenland
In 2018, the Italian Art Squad announced the conclusion of a four-year investigation into a vast looting network that traversed five European countries. “Operation Demeter” was the largest investigation in the unit’s history. It recovered 20,000 artifacts valued at some 40 million Euros, and resulted in the arrest of 23 people. What did Operation Demeter teach us about the looting and selling of archaeological materials? Today, nearly five years onward, what happened to the people caught in the dragnet, and what has changed – if anything – in the looting landscape? This lecture is aimed at audiences with a general interest in cultural heritage and Roman archaeology, and can be adapted for a more specialized/mixed audience.
From Expert to Expert Witness: What Archaeologists Need to Know
Applying one’s archaeological expertise to the legal system as an expert witness is rewarding and provides the potential to assist in site protection. However, the legal system operates under a different set of rules and practices. Archaeologists often take on their first job as an expert witness without understanding the context, role, and rules of a legal expert. Without this understanding, archaeologists often end up having a stressful and unrewarding experience, being ineffective, and could have their professional reputations damaged. This seminar provides an introductory overview of the basic information need to successfully transfer one’s skills as an archaeological expert to those of an effective archaeological expert witness. Topics include qualifications, rules of evidence, contracts, best practices, marketing, reporting, communication, testimony, and ethics.
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Accessing Archaeology: A Conversation on Knowledge and Legacy
Featured Speakers: Anna Agbe-Davies, Ayana Omilade Flewellen, Khadene Harris, Alexandra Jones
Archaeology lets us explore what it means to be human, but the field is shaped by those who get to participate. In this 90-minute panel discussion, five Black archaeologists will discuss their experience navigating this historically white field and the importance of community engagement, capacity building, and promoting a more inclusive space.
Diet And Status In Roman Egypt: Evidence From Amheida In The Dakleh Oasis In The Western Desert
AIA Society: Ann ArborLecturer: Pam J. Crabtree
Amheida (Roman Trimithis) is located in the Dakleh Oasis in the western Egyptian desert. Excavations carried out in the town have focused on a 3rd-century middle class household and a 4th-century villa. Additional excavations have been conducted at the 4th-5th-century church complex an Ain el-Gedida, also located in the oasis. This presentation will review the archaeology of these three sites and then show how archaeological data can be used to reveal differences in diet and social status between the three sites.
City Making In Byzantine Athens
AIA Society: MilwaukeeLecturer: Fotini Kondyli
My work seeks to reconstruct the topography and spatial layout of Byzantine Athens (4th-15th c AD), and better understand contemporary living conditions and socio-economic activities in the city. Emphasis is placed on city-making processes and particularly the role of non-elite, ordinary people in them. Like modern cities, Byzantine ones were stages of key political events ranging from rituals that celebrated imperial power to riots and acts of resistance. I thus approach Byzantine cities as highly political environments and explore city-making activities as political actions. In doing so, I pay equal attention to monumental public spaces as well as streets, open unbuilt areas, and common areas out and around houses. I also examine changes in the urban environment that point to ordinary people’s involvement and consider the impact of such activities in enhancing their social capital and political influence. My project provides new approaches to the reconstruction of Byzantine cities by attempting to rewrite Athens’ history from the perspective of ordinary people’s individual and collective experiences. It also contributed to a diachronic study of urban phenomena including civic groups, urban planning, and political action.
Inclusive Museum Narratives: Contextualizing Collections through Collaborations
Lecturer: Alaka Wali
October 18th, 2022 10 PM EST/ 7 PM PST
October 19th, 2022 7PM EST/ 4 PM PST
VIRTUAL - Inclusive Museum Narratives: Contextualizing Collections Through Collaboration
Lecturer: Alaka Wali
Ever wonder how museum exhibits are made? Join Alaka Wali as she discusses how the Field Museum (Chicago) approached their recent renovation of the Native North America hall. Wali will explain the museum’s collaborative approach that involved working with an advisory committee of Native American scholars, museum professionals, artists, and activists. The Field Museum also reached out to over 100 people across the United States and Canada to bring Native American voices and perspectives into the exhibition display. The process also led to the beginning of reforms in how the museum provides access to the anthropology collections for source communities and how they are conceptualizing stewardship of the collections with Native American Tribes and First Nations.
Program Instructor: Teresa L. Gregory
In this course, the instructor will introduce real world examples of GIS platforms and applications that benefit the study of cultural and natural resources. Attendees will learn about cutting-edge Esri GIS software (ArcGIS Pro, Enterprise, AGOL, Monitor, Survey123) for data collection and manipulation; Adobe Acrobat/Sign for reviewing and signing documents; Python (ArcPy) for coding and creating more efficient GIS tools; Microsoft Azure Government Cloud Server for data storage; and much more. These products can aide archaeologists in smaller, simple projects or multi-scalar larger projects. GIS can be enjoyable and helpful from start to finish for archaeological projects.
COVA Fall 2022 Meeting
Snake Queens Of Waka` And Beyond: Royal Women Of The Snake Realm And Their Imprint On Classic Maya Rulership
AIA Society: South FloridaLecturer: Olivia Navarro-Farr
My talk focuses on the symbolic significance of Classic Maya royal queens of the snake realm and their political power which rose prominently during the Late Classic under the auspices of that regime. Their hypogamous marriages to subordinate vassal polities throughout the southern Maya lowlands created a network of alliances that elevated the snake realm’s hegemony. Utilizing the Indigenous ontology of gender complementarity as a foundational creation principle, I argue the power of these snake Queens was grounded not just in their association with that regime, but as women with the attendant implications of fecundity and reproductive power as central to their political cachet. These power domains, steeped in the potent magic of fertility, were also central to their rule as conjurers and diviners, acts of sorcery themselves metaphorically linked to birth and birth work. Orienting my position from the ancient city of Waka’, I review the substantial archaeological and epigraphic data surrounding two such queens who ruled during the 6th and 7th centuries, respectively. I evaluate how these lines of evidence permit keen understanding of their governing strategies, their wielding of sacred power, and how the people they ruled ancestralized them in memory for generations to follow, cementing their legacy within Waka’s social and political landscape and beyond.
Life And Death Of A Christian Community In Roman Sicily: Recent Researches In The Catacombs Of St. Lucy At Siracusa
AIA Society: East TN (Knoxville)Lecturer: Davide Tanasi
The Catacombs of St. Lucy represent one of the oldest and most important monuments related to the Christian communities of Siracusa and Sicily in the Late Roman period. The name of the complex derives from the tradition that Saint Lucy, martyred during the reign of Diocletian in the early 4th century CE, was buried there. Beneath the modern homonymous square, a large underground cemetery slowly developed throughout the 3rd, 4th and 5th centuries CE, incorporating previous structures and hypogea used for funerary, cultural and industrial purposes that were then transformed into monumental burial chambers. The presence of the tomb of St. Lucy guaranteed a certain popularity to the complex even after the end of its use as a cemetery in the 6th century CE. The second largest catacombs in the city, St. Lucy’s was subject to exploration since the end of the 19th century, with major excavations conducted in the 1920s and 1950s in the four main regions in which it is divided (A-C). After a long hiatus in the archaeological investigations, new excavations and researches started in 2013 focusing on three still unexplored areas of the Region C with the goal to shed light on the complex history of the site, re-interpreting the pre-Roman structures incorporated in the underground cemetery and reassessing the Late Antique and Early Medieval phases of reuse. 3D digitization methods have been used to map the labyrinthine and multi-levelled cemetery, offering a clear view of its spatial development across several centuries, and to create 3D visualizations that guarantee virtual accessibility for scholars and the public to areas of the catacombs traditionally inaccessible. Bio-archaeological study and chemical and genetic analyses conducted on the skeletal remains of individuals identified during the excavations have produced significant novel data to assess the dietary habits, health status and living standards of a representative group of this Late Roman Christian community allowing for a reassessment of the limited evidence offered by the written sources.
VIRTUAL - Goddesses, Whores, Vampyres And Archaeologists: Uncovering Ancient Mytilene
AIA Society: PhiladelphiaLecturer: Hector Williams
Mytilene was one of the most famous and wealthy cities of the northeastern Aegean and the most important city on the island of Lesbos. Home to the great lyric poets Sappho and Alkaios, it flourished down to the end of antiquity. The talk will present two areas of the city that we have excavated: a sanctuary of the fertility goddesses, Demeter and Kore, on the acropolis, with its many altars and hundreds of votive dedications and a multi-period site near the large North Harbour. This site contained material ranging from an 18th century Ottoman cemetery with a vampire burial down to a rich range of imported fine painted pottery from just after the time of Sappho. Later on it became a Hellenistic industrial district and then a Roman villa that in the late Roman period seems to have become a tavern/brothel.
Climate Change In The Arctic: It’s Happening Fast, And It’s Happened Before
VIRTUAL - Representing Native American Perspectives On Time: Examples From The Field Museum
Join Field Museum curator Alaka Wali as she uses examples from the new exhibition, “Native Truths: Our Voices, Our Stories” to illustrate different dimensions of Native American perspectives on time and history. Examples will come from an Oneida artist, an Ioway potter, and a Potawatomie cartographer. During this event there will be ample time to ask questions.
Representing Native American Perspectives on Time: Examples from the Field Museum
Working From Home: Assessing The Significance Of Specialized Craft Production Based In Households In The Aegean Bronze Age
AIA Society: Central Missouri (Columbia)Lecturer: Natalie Abell
During the Aegean Bronze Age (ca. 3000-1100 BCE), there is abundant evidence for craft production that took place not in centralized administrative palaces but rather in workshops and houses that do not appear to have been under direct palatial oversight. This presentation examines how we can assess whether such production was “specialized” (i.e., targeted for exchange), and suggests that examining the networks that connected non-palatial producers and consumers offers valuable insights into how Aegean economy and society changed over time.
Otzi The Iceman: Forensic Science And Ancient Medicine In A Cold Case Murder
AIA Society: Hawaii (Honolulu)Lecturer: Patrick Hunt
“Otzi” was found in an Alpine glacier in 1991 as a still mysterious high-altitude homicide from 5,300 years ago. The remarkable nature of his preservation makes it possible to study his remains in great scientific detail and reconstruct much of his late Neolithic to Early Copper Age life. Not only do we now have his fully sequenced DNA, but we also possess an incredible array of his organic materials including 18 different types of wood products and the surprising medical kit he carried. We can reconstruct his means to offset hypothermia crossing a high altitude pass at 10, 500 feet elevation on the current Italian- Austrian border multiple times in less than three days, most likely because he was a fugitive. While we have many scientific facts about him, we are still perplexed about the murderer[s] and the motive for his death. But we can now even provenance his copper axe and his flint arrowpoints as well as determine the scope of his many medical ailments and where he originated along with some of his complex activities including recent presence in an copper smelting environment due to microscopic hair particles. Whatever else we know or do not yet know about him, we can conclude “Otzi the Iceman” is a oneperson archaeological site and one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the 20th century.
Blood Antiquities: Tomb Raiders, Art Smugglers, and the Black Market in Cultural Treasures
Lecturer: Tess Davis
November 15th, 2022 10 PM EST/ 7 PM PST
November 16th, 2022 7 PM EST/ 4 PM PST
The Wild, Wild East: Combating the Black Market in Ancient Asian Art
Advocacy for Archaeologists: Building Strong Relationships with Local, State, and Federal Policymakers
Instructor: Suanna Selby Crowley
Archaeology and archaeological resources are in the spotlight as never before. Digital, print, and traditional media raise tremendous awareness for discoveries and cultural data. This enhanced visibility means that researchers and historic preservation professionals need better tools to shape policy on issues such as preservation, repatriation, funding, access, and equity. How can archaeologists become skilled advocates for important research and resources? This workshop will introduce the methods and best practices of cultivating outreach to federal, state, and local policymakers. Learn how to start the conversation, create impact, and follow up with lawmakers for positive change.
The Good Kings: Absolute Power in Ancient Egypt and the Modern World
Lecturer: Kara Cooney
January 17th, 2023 10 PM EST/ 7 PM PST
January 18th, 2022 7 PM EST/ 4 PM PST
Ramses the Great: Power and Patriarchy
A Maritime Small World in Western Cyprus: Yeronisos Island, Maniki Harbor and Cape Drepanum
Lecturer: Joan Connelly
February 21st, 2023 10 PM EST/ 7 PM PST
February 22, 2023 7PM EST/ 4 PM PST
The People of Cape Drepanum, Cyprus: A Rock Cut Family Tomb of Hellenistic and Roman Date
Lecturer: David Carballo
Annual CCPA Meeting
Collison of Worlds: An Archaeological Perspective on the Spanish Invasion of Aztec Mexico
March 14th, 2023 10 PM EST/ 7 PM PST
March 15th, 2023 7 PM EST/ 4 PM PST
Society for California Archaeology Annual Meeting
Traitors of Native Conquistadors? The Role of Tlaxcala in the Fall of Aztec Mexico
THE SOCIETY FOR PENNSYLVANIA ARCHAEOLOGY 92st ANNUAL MEETING
With, For and By: Doing Archaeology in a Grand Ronde Way
Lecturer: Sara Gonzalez
April 18th, 2023 10 PM EST/ 7 PM PST
April 19th, 2023 7 PM EST/ 4 PM PST
The Science of Storytelling
Lecturer: Sara Gonzalez
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