We had a great time celebrating International Archaeology Day at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts ‘Dig It!‘ teaching gallery! University of Richmond students created hands-on activities to teach concepts such as stratigraphy, seriation, and context. And Peter Stone (Virginia Commonwealth University) brought ancient Hellenistic and Roman pottery fragments for sorting and analyzing. Thanks to the VMFA and UR’s Bonner Center for Civic Engagement for supporting this event, and thanks to everyone who participated!
Photo: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
Today’s Wall Street Journal has a great review of “The Horse in Ancient Greek Art”, an exhibition curated by one of our own AIA Richmond Society board members, Dr. Peter Schertz. It is now showing at the National Sporting Library and Museum in Middleburg and will come to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in February. Our May 10 banquet event will begin with a special tour, given by the curator. Mark your calendars!
Join us at the VMFA’s Art Education Center on Sunday, October 1 from 1-4 pm to celebrate International Archaeology Day and explore the new ‘Dig It!’ teaching gallery. Hands-on activities for kids and families will include sorting real fragments of ancient pottery from Israel (with Dr. Peter Stone, VCU History) and learning about stratigraphy and seriation with UR archaeology students. The event is free and open to the public.
Thursday, October 12, 2017, 6 pm – Lecture by Jeffrey Spiltstoser (George Washington University), “Unravelling the Wari World: How Colorfully Wrapped Wari-style Khipus are Informing Us Today about the South America’s First Empire”
Thursday, November 9, 2017, 6 pm – Lecture by Nikolaos Xanthoulis (National Archaeological Museum, Athens), “The Musician’s Life,” interpretation of an ancient Greek painting found inside a cave near Corinth, with live lyre performance
Thursday, February 1, 2018, 6 pm – Lecture by Allison Miller (Southwestern University), “Terracotta Warriors after the First Emperor: Re-evaluating the Qin Legacy in the Han”
Thursday, March 8, 2018, 6 pm – Lecture by Tane Casserley (NOAA, Monitor National Marine Sanctuary), “The Monitor Excavations”
Thursday, April 12, 2018, 6 pm – Lecture by Bridget Buxton (University of Rhode Island), “Underwater Excavations at Caesarea”
Thursday, May 10, 2018 – Guided tour of “The Horse in Ancient Greek Art” exhibition at the VMFA, by Peter Schertz (Jack and Mary Ann Frable Curator of Ancient Art and AIA Richmond Society member), followed by dinner at Amuse restaurant
(Unless otherwise noted, all lectures are held on the campus of the University of Richmond, Jepson Hall 118. For directions and more information, see the ‘About‘ page.)
The archaeology of Richmond is showcased in a special exhibit running through August 4 at UR Downtown, UncoveRVA: Achaeology for Our Past, Present, and Future. Curated by UR students in Derek Miller’s anthropology seminar this spring, the exhibit explores Richmond’s hidden histories and what the city and its residents can gain by engaging responsibly and thoughtfully with the past. For more information: http://downtown.richmond.edu/gallery/uncoverva.html.
Fragments recovered from salvage excavation of the DuVal Pottery factory during construction of the Farm Fresh grocery store, 2002
On Thursday, May 18 we will hold our spring banquet and lecture in honor of Gertrude Murrell duPont Howland, who passed away in August at the age of 106. Mrs. Howland was a member of the Archaeological Institute of America for over fifty years, serving as AIA trustee, Society Trustee, chair of the Tours Committee, and member of the Development and Membership committee as well as our own Richmond Society president. She received the AIA’s Martha and Artemis Joukowsky Distinguished Service Award in 2003 and on the occasion of her 100th birthday in 2010 was recognized with an AIA symposium in her honor at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
Gertrude Howland celebrating her 105th birthday in 2015
Dr. Fotini Kondyli (University of Virginia) will present “Byzantine Athens: Rediscovering a Lost City?”