“Ruined Gardens of Babylon” lecture on October 3

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Our first lecture of the academic year will be presented by Dr. Ömür Harmanşah, Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Illinois, Chicago, and director of the Yalburt Yaylası Archaeological Landscape Research Project.

What does it mean to practice archaeology in the new age of the Anthropocene? In “Ruined Gardens of Babylon: Dark Ecology and Heritage Politics in the Middle East,” Dr. Harmanşah will discuss his current research on the politics, ethics, and methodologies of doing archaeological fieldwork in the Middle East today, at the very critical moment of global ecological crisis, climate change, military conflict, mass immigration, and heritage violence. Recent military violence in the Middle East has led to unprecedented destruction of cultural heritage along with local settlements and habitats, and the displacement of their communities. The ecological-military crisis has a direct impact on how archaeology is practiced as a field science. The destruction of heritage sites, landscapes, and institutions demands archaeologists either work remotely or perform salvage work, as opposed to more conventional methods of working with scientific research questions.

The lecture will be held on Thursday, October 3 at 6 pm in the Gottwald Auditorium (A001) at the University of Richmond (please note the change from our usual location). The building is #138 on and campus map; for GPS directions, use the following address: 138 UR Drive, Richmond, VA, 23173. The lecture is co-sponsored by the University of Richmond Department of Classical Studies and will be free and open to the public.

Pompeii in Richmond!

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Several of our members will be speaking in the “Lunch Break Science” series at the Science Museum of Virginia this summer, in connection with the special exhibition of Pompeii: The Immortal City (on view through Sept. 3):

Wed., July 10 – “Roman Dining, from Eggs to Apples” (Dr. Elizabeth Baughan, University of Richmond)

Wed., July 31 – “Making the Old New Again: New Technologies to Understand Ancient Art” (Dr. Peter Schertz, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts”)

Wed., August 7 – “Health and Disease in Pompeii” (Dr. Julie Laskaris, University of Richmond)

The lectures are free, noon – 1 pm. For more information and the full schedule (including several other archaeological topics), click here.

Archaeology of Ethiopia: Reception, lecture, and film screening

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Join members of the Richmond Society of the Archaeological Institute of America and our presenters for an hors d’oeuvre reception with cash bar before our Spring 2019 event on Thursday, May 9.

The reception will be held from 6-7 pm at the Carole Weinstein International Center at the University of Richmond. Tickets $10 at bit.ly/RichmondAIA2019.

The lecture and film screening event will begin at 7 pm in the International Commons:

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Tim Reid, Emmy-nominated actor, director, and producer (New Millennium Studios) will present his documentary film, “Abyssinia: The Wonders.”

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Elizabeth Fisher, Shelton H. Short III Professor in the Liberal Arts and Professor of Classics and Archaeology, Randolph-Macon College, will give an introductory lecture on the archaeology of Ethiopia.

The lecture and film will be FREE and open to the public. Tickets are required for the pre-reception and may be purchased in advance at bit.ly/RichmondAIA2019 or at the door.

(For directions and parking information, click here. The Carole Weinstein International Center is #211 on the campus map. Visitor parking is available after 5 pm in all lots. For Google Map or GPS directions, use 211 Richmond Way, Richmond, VA 23173.)

“The Tektaş Burnu Shipwreck: Shedding New Light on Classical Ionia”

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On Thursday, April 18 at 6 pm in Jepson Hall room 118 at the University of Richmond, Deborah Carlson (Associate Professor of Nautical Archaeology in the Department of Anthropology at Texas A&M University, and President, Institute of Nautical Archaeology) will present “The Tektaş Burnu Shipwreck: Shedding New Light on Classical Ionia.” As the only 5th-century B.C. shipwreck ever to be fully excavated in Aegean waters, the Tektaş Burnu ship sheds important light on local trade networks at a time when Ionia was thought to be mired in an “economic paralysis” brought on by the high cost of Athenian imperialism in the decades following the Ionian Revolt of 499 B.C.

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.

“This round is on me!” Lecture on Early Bronze Age wine culture on Thursday, March 28

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On Thursday, March 28 at 6 pm in Jepson Hall room 103, Elif Ünlü (Department of History, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, and current Fulbright Scholar) will present “‘This round is on me!’ Commodification of agricultural products and elite consumption patterns in the Eastern Mediterranean during the third millennium BCE.” 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.

AIA Richmond Society members are also invited to our executive board meeting on Saturday, March 23, 1 – 2 pm, Westhampton Center Living Room (#406 on the campus map).

 

 

“Exploring the Montpelier South Yard: Archaeology, Slavery, and Public Engagement at James Madison’s Montpelier”

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Our first lecture of the spring semester will be held on Thursday, February 14 at 6 pm in Jepson Hall 118, University of Richmond. Terry Brock, Assistant Director of Archaeology at the Montpelier Foundation, will present “Exploring the Montpelier South Yard: Archaeology, Slavery, and Public Engagement at James Madison’s Montpelier.” Co-sponsored by the Richmond Society AIA and the UR Department of Classical Studies, the lecture will be free and open to the public.

Spring 2019 lectures

Thurs., Feb. 14Terry Brock (Assistant Director of Archaeology, The Montpelier Foundation), “Exploring the Montpelier South Yard: Archaeology, Slavery, and Public Engagement at James Madison’s Montpelier”

Thurs., March 28 (note the date change) – Elif Ünlü (Boğaziçi University), “ ‘This round is on me!’ Commodification of agricultural products and elite consumption patterns in the Eastern Mediterranean during the third millennium BCE”

Thurs., April 18 (note the date change) – Deborah Carlson (Texas A&M University), “The Tektaş Burnu Shipwreck: Shedding New Light on Classical Ionia”

Lectures are free and open to the public and are held at 6 pm in Jepson Hall, Room 118, The University of Richmond.

“The Politics of Public Display: Museums, Artifacts from the Holy Land, and the Public Trust”

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On Thursday, November 8 at 6 pm, Dr. Morag Kersel (DePaul University) will present “The Politics of Public Display: Museums, Artifacts from the Holy Land, and the Public Trust” (the AIA’s 2018-2019 Martha Sharp Joukowsky Lecture). A lecture abstract is available here. The lecture will be free and open to the public and will be held in Jepson Hall, Room 118, on the campus of the University of Richmond (221 Richmond Way, Richmond, VA  23173).