Though we had to postpone the lecture we had scheduled for this Thursday at 6 pm, you can still catch an archaeology lecture at that time! The AIA Student Affairs Interest Group will host its second annual dissertation lecture on Zoom: Amanda Gaggioli, doctoral candidate at Stanford University, will present “Earthquakes and the Structuring of Greco-Roman Society: the longue durée of human-geological environment relationships in Helike, Greece.” Click here to register!
On Thursday, November 11 at 6 pm, Dr. Carrie Atkins (University of Toronto, Mississauga) will present a webinar lecture entitled “Religious Ritual On Board the Greco-Roman Ship.” Please join us!
Abstract: For Greco-Roman sailors or passengers aboard a ship, aspects of daily life occurred within a ship’s physical boundaries while at sea. These activities were related not only to sailing and trading, but also to eating, sleeping, and performing rituals. The material remnants of these ritual activities have been little studied, yet represent key evidence in understanding the impact of mobility on ritual practices aboard the Greco-Roman ship. In this lecture, I discuss archaeological evidence for potential ritual objects from shipwrecks in the Mediterranean alongside textual and iconographic depictions of these rituals. Not all ritual objects found in shipwrecks provide evidence for shipboard ritual but instead were likely transported as cargo. For some multifunctional objects that had a potential use both in religious ritual or for general activities, I suggest these objects could construct temporary sacred spaces aboard the ship when employed at poignant times in the voyage. These rituals, however, were not prescriptive nor ubiquitous but instead were chosen by individuals, shaped by cross-cultural connectivity and mobility.
Mark your calendars for our fall lectures, which will again be held as Zoom webinars, with the links posted here about a week before each lecture:
Thursday, October 7, 6 pm: Marcello Canuto (Tulane University), “Taking the High Ground: Lowland Maya Settlement Patterns as Seen through LiDAR“
Thursday, November 11, 6 pm: Carrie Atkins (University of Toronto), “Religious Ritual on board the Greco-Roman Ship”
This year our May event will be held in partnership with the Charlottesville Society of the AIA: a book talk and Q&A with UVa’s Fiona Greenland (Sociology & Anthropology), author of Ruling Culture: Art Police, Tomb Raiders, and the Rise of Cultural Power in Italy (University of Chicago Press, 2021). This new book situates the emergence of national symbols and icons in Italy’s longer historical entanglements of cultural elites, state officials, and tombaroli (‘tomb robbers’). The event will take place over Zoom on Thursday, May 13 at 6 pm EDT. Click here to register!
Join us on Thursday, February 11 at 6 pm for a webinar presentation of the AIA’s Ferdinando and Sarah Cinelli Lecture in Etruscan and Italic Archaeology. Hilary Becker, Assistant Professor of Classics at Binghamton University, will present “The Etruscan helmets from Vetulonia: new evidence for the life of an Etruscan soldier.”
Co-sponsored by the University of Richmond Department of Classical Studies
Our spring lectures will again be on Zoom, co-sponsored by the University of Richmond Department of Classical Studies. For each lecture, a UR Zoom webinar registration link will be posted here and sent to our email list about one week before the lecture. Registration for our annual spring member event (this year a Zoom book talk and author Q&A, see below) will be available here in March.
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 (This lecture has been postponed to next year)
Melinda Yang (University of Richmond), “Using ancient DNA to study human history – perspectives on East Asia”
SPRING MEMBER EVENT
Thursday, May 13, 6 pm
Book talk and Q&A with Fiona Greenland (University of Virginia), author of Ruling Culture: Art Police, Tomb Raiders, and the Rise of Cultural Power in Italy (University of Chicago Press, 2021).
[Registration details will be available here in April.]
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.
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/