Treasures of Ancient Egypt: Curator’s Webinar on Thurs. 12/3

View of the Naos of the Decades installed in Treasures of Ancient Egypt: Sunken Cities at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Photograph by David Stover, VMFA

On Thursday, December 3 at 6 pm, Dr. Peter Schertz (Jack and Mary Ann Frable Curator of Ancient Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts) will give a behind-the-scenes curator’s talk about the exhibition currently on view at the VMFA, through 18 January 2021.

Register here for the Zoom webinar

This free webinar presentation is co-sponsored by the AIA Richmond Society and the University of Richmond Department of Classical Studies.

For more information about the Sunken Cities exhibition at the VMFA, see https://www.vmfa.museum/exhibitions/exhibitions/treasures-ancient-egypt/

“Preserving the Past: Archaeological Heritage, the Art Market and Conflict in the Middle East” webinar lecture on Thurs. 11/12

Join us on Thursday, November 12 at 6 pm for a webinar presentation of this year’s Nancy Wilkie Lecture in Archaeological Heritage:

Dr. Patty Gerstenblith, Director for the Center for Art, Museum and Cultural Heritage Law at DePaul University, will present “Preserving the Past: Archaeological Heritage, the Art Market and Conflict in the Middle East”

Register here for the Zoom webinar

Abstract:
Archaeological sites are looted for the value of artifacts that are sold onto the international art market. The acceptance of undocumented, possibly looted, artifacts by the market and, in particular, by museums, means that we lose the contextual evidence needed to understand and reconstruct the past and knowledge of whether an object is authentic or a forgery. As we now know, the looting of archaeological sites in the Middle East and elsewhere may also help to fund armed conflict and terrorism. This lecture will explore the intersection of these issues and the legal and ethical responses that are intended to reduce the incentives to traffic in looted archaeological materials and thereby promote preservation of the archaeological heritage.

Click here for free registration on Zoom. Co-sponsored by the University of Richmond Department of Classical Studies.

“Re-membering Osiris”

Osiris statuette, as seen in video for Sunken Cities at the VMFA

Join us on Sunday, October 25 at 2:30 pm for a webinar lecture hosted by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in connection with the Treasures of Ancient Egypt: Sunken Cities exhibition.

Dr. Robert Ritner, Professor of Egyptology at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, will present “Re-Membering Osiris: Overcoming Death in Ancient Egypt.”

Register here for the Zoom webinar.

2020-2021 Schedule

We are later than usual in announcing our 2020-2021 lecture schedule but excited about our first-ever line-up of live online webinars, co-sponsored by the University of Richmond Department of Classical Studies. For all but the first lecture, which will be hosted by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the UR Zoom webinar registration link will be posted here and sent to our email list one week before the lecture.

Sunday, October 25, 2:30 pm
Robert Ritner (University of Chicago), “Re-Membering Osiris: Overcoming Death in Ancient Egypt” (co-sponsored with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in connection with the Treasures of Ancient Egypt: Sunken Cities exhibition). Register here.

Thursday, November 12, 6 pm
Patty Gerstenblith (DePaul University), “Preserving the Past: Archaeological Heritage, the Art Market and Conflict in the Middle East” (Nancy Wilkie Lectureship in Archaeological Heritage)

Thursday, December 3, 6 pm
Peter Schertz (Jack and Mary Ann Frable Curator of Ancient Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts), Treasures of Ancient Egypt: Sunken Cities at VMFA”

Thursday, February 11, 6 pm
Hilary Becker (Binghamton University), “The Iconography of a Life in Arms: The Etruscan Soldier at War, at Home, and at the Tomb” (Ferdinando and Sarah Cinelli Lecture in Etruscan and Italic Archaeology)

Thursday, March 18, 6 pm
Jeremy Pope (The College of William and Mary), “Nubian Queen: How an Ancient African Kingdom Became a Symbol of Feminine Power and Vice Versa”

Thursday, April 15, 6 pm
Melinda Yang (University of Richmond), “Using ancient DNA to study human history – perspectives on East Asia”

Details for our annual May event will be determined in March or April.

“Sunken Treasures from Ancient Egypt” – VMFA exhibition opening lecture, July 9

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Photo: Jérôme Delafosse © Franck Goddio/Hilti Foundation

On Thursday, July 9 at 5 pm, Franck Goddio, Founder and President of the European Institute for Underwater Archaeology, will present (online) the opening lecture for the Treasures of Ancient Egypt: Sunken Cities exhibition at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Register here: https://www.vmfa.museum/calendar/events/opening-talk-sunken-treasures/.

Business Meeting Thurs. 5/14

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We are sorry that we have had to cancel the rest of our spring programming due to COVID-19 but are looking ahead to next year. On Thursday, May 14 at 4 pm, we will have our annual spring business meeting via Zoom video/phone conference. All members are welcome to join the meeting, and we especially encourage anyone who would like to get more involved in leadership and organization of our local AIA society. At the business meeting, we will discuss plans for next year’s lectures and events and elect new officers.

Anyone who would like to attend can request the Zoom link by sending an email to ebaughan@richmond.edu. Please also send an email if you are interested in becoming a board member or officer or if you have any questions about the AIA and the Richmond society.

CANCELLED – Lecture on Thurs. 3/19

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UPDATE ON 3/11/20: THIS LECTURE HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

Our next lecture will be presented by Dr. Hilary Becker, Assistant Professor of Classical and Near Eastern Studies at Binghamton University, on Thursday, March 19 at 6 pm in Jepson Hall 118 at the University of Richmond:

“The Iconography of a Life in Arms: The Etruscan Soldier at War, at Home, and at the Tomb.”

Dr. Becker is co-editor of Votives, Places and Rituals in Etruscan Religion (2009) and the AIA’s Ferdinando And Sarah Cinelli Lecturer In Etruscan And Italic Archaeology for 2019/2020.

Co-sponsored by the Richmond Society of the Archaeological Institute of America and the UR Department of Classical Studies, the lecture will be free and open to the public.

Lecture on water in the Eleusinian Mysteries, Thurs. 2/13 at UR

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On Thursday, February 13 at 6 pm in Jepson Hall room 103 at the University of Richmond, Dr. Dylan Rogers (visiting professor of archaeology at the University of Virginia) will present “Water and Sensory Experience: Reconstructing the Procession of the Eleusinian Mysteries.” Rogers served as Assistant Director of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens from 2015-2019 and is the author of Water Culture in Roman Society (Brill, 2018) and co-editor of What’s New in Roman Greece? (National Hellenic Research Foundation, 2018).

Co-sponsored by the Richmond Society of the Archaeological Institute of America and the UR Department of Classical Studies, the lecture will be free and open to the public.

November lecture change: “Death and Remembering: A New Interpretation of the Ceremonial Center of Tibes, Ponce, Puerto Rico”

There has been a change of speaker and topic for our November lecture, though the date, time, and location remain the same. On Thursday, Nov. 14 at 6 pm in Jepson Hall 103 at the University of Richmond, Dr. Antonio Curet (Curator, National Museum of the American Indian) will present Death and Remembering: A New Interpretation of the Ceremonial Center of Tibes, Ponce, Puerto Rico”

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Abstract:
The site of Tibes, located in southern Puerto Rico, is the oldest known ceremonial center in the Caribbean. The structures, changes in mortuary practices, and settlement pattern documented at Tibes have been interpreted to represent one of the earliest stratified societies in the region, the focus of administrative, residential, and/or ritual activities. However, a combination of new and previous information is forming a different, more complex and intricate view of the social and political history of the site. This presentation includes a brief review of Puerto Rican archaeology, a summary of the finds of the Archaeological Project of the Ceremonial Center of Tibes, and a new perspective in understanding the processes involved in the ancient history of the site

Directions and parking:
Jepson Hall is #221 on the UR campus map. Visitor parking is available after 5 pm in all lots. For Google Map or GPS directions, use 221 Richmond Way, Richmond, VA 23173.

Volunteer excavation at UR – Sat., Nov. 2

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A few weeks ago landscapers at the University of Richmond found a deposit of pottery and glass that appears to belong to the early 20th century, when this land was Westhampton Park at the end of the streetcar line. Since then, students in the ‘Introduction to Archaeology’ class have been excavating the site, right outside Maryland Hall. AIA members and friends are invited to join us this Saturday, November 2, from 9 am – 12 noon. Volunteers are needed to help complete the excavation soon, before the landscapers need to finish their work!

(Maryland Hall is #110 on the campus map, or 110 UR Drive.)