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September 18, 2020

Archaeology Abridged – Short Lectures


Join us for these short, thirty-minute talks featuring different archaeologists discussing a variety of archaeological topics. The talks are free, but registration is required. Most lectures will be recorded and available via the links below.

Upcoming Lectures

In March and April 2021, Professor Kathleen M. Lynch discusses the archaeology of ancient Greece.

Archaeological Pottery: From Trench to Ancient Table

Thursday, March 11, 2021, 1:00pm ET on Zoom (Register Now)


What could a future archaeologist learn about you from the things in your kitchen cabinets? Broken pottery is the most frequently found artifact on most excavations, and pottery specialists aim to answer that same question about ancient people. This introduction to the world of ancient Greek pottery from archaeological excavations will explore the many different ways that ancient pottery can bring the past to life. Beyond giving us dates for archaeological features, pottery provides glimpses into ancient life of a broad spectrum of society. The pots are, in fact, reflections of people, their values, and their worldview, and apparently they were very thirsty! The talk will focus on pottery from Archaic and Classical Athens excavated by the American School of Classical Studies at Athens at the Excavations of the Athenian Agora

A Toast to Ancient Greek Wine Drinking

Thursday, April 15, 2021, 1:00pm ET on Zoom (Register Now)

The ancient Greeks took their wine drinking seriously. The symposium was a drinking party for men with rules and expectations. They kept the group small so that all could participate in a single conversation, and the wine flowed, but watered down so that the drinkers stood on the edge of tipsy and drunk. Naturally, a formal drinking event needed special equipment, and in fact the symposium inspired the creation of the majority of ancient Greek pottery shapes. We will consider the importance of a “set” of pottery, its decoration, and the role this peculiar group drinking event played in the social life of ancient Athens. We will peer into the cupboards of a late Archaic house from downtown Athens to see the symposium in action. Feel free to bring a glass of wine!

Prof. Kathleen M. Lynch

Kathleen M. Lynch is Professor of Classics at the University of Cincinnati and a classical archaeologist with a focus on ancient Greek ceramics. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia, and has worked on archaeological projects at sites in Greece (Athenian Agora, Olynthos, Corinth, Pylos), Turkey (Gordion, Troy), Italy (Morgantina), and Albania (Apollonia). Kathleen’s research considers what ancient ceramics can tell us about their use and users. Athenian figure decorated pottery from Athens is her specialty, and her book, The Symposium in Context (2011 ASCSA Publications), won the AIA’s 2013 James R. Wiseman Award for best publication in archaeology. It explores the kitchen cupboards of an Archaic Athenian house. At Cincinnati, Kathleen won a teaching award for her classes on mythology, Greek and Roman archaeology, and graduate seminars on topics such as Greek iconography, pottery analysis, and ancient art and art history. She has been a lecturer on the AIA’s national circuit for many years, has served the AIA at the national and local levels, and enjoys traveling with AIA tours as host and lecturer. She is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. In her free time she enjoys knitting.


Past Lectures

Dr. Elizabeth M. Greene

Living on the Edge: The Roman Frontier in Britain and the Site of Vindolanda Thursday, January 28, 2021, 1:00pm ET on Zoom (Watch Recording)

The Roman frontier in Britain is one of the most explored, excavated, and well-trod historic landscapes anywhere in the world and Dr. Elizabeth Greene has been part of this exploration for almost twenty years. This talk will first introduce you to the spectacular landscape of the Hadrian’s Wall corridor and then zoom in on the extraordinary site of Vindolanda in the central sector of this region. From its unparalleled architectural remains of the Roman fort and settlement to the amazing archaeological finds unearthed below, the site of Vindolanda displays vividly the lives of ordinary people living on the edge of the Roman empire nearly two thousand years ago.

In the Footsteps of Roman Soldiers: The Extraordinary Archaeological Finds from Roman Vindolanda Thursday, February 11, 2021, 1:00pm ET on Zoom (Watch Recording)

Since modern excavations began in the 1960s, the site of Vindolanda on Hadrian’s Wall has revealed some of the most extraordinary and often unique archaeological finds from any Roman site. Dr. Elizabeth Greene has been a part of the team organized by the Vindolanda Trust researching the site for almost twenty years and will share some of the highlights of that research in this talk. Following on the first talk in this series on the site of Vindolanda and its frontier landscape within the region of Hadrian’s Wall, this talk will focus on Dr. Greene’s research on the objects and implements of daily life that help us understand the people who populated this site nearly two-thousand years ago. The presentation focuses on Dr. Greene’s work on the collection of thousands of archaeological shoes and leather objects from the site and contextualizes this material within the context of social change on a dynamic Roman frontier.

Dr. Elizabeth M. Greene at Vindolanda

Dr. Elizabeth M. Greene is Canada Research Chair in Roman Archaeology and Associate Professor at the University of Western Ontario. She earned her PhD from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Department of Classics and has taught in the Classics Department at Western for 10 years. Her excavation and research specialize in the Roman provinces and frontiers, with particular focus on Roman Britain and the dynamic military communities that inhabited the frontiers of the northwest provinces. Dr. Greene has been part of the archaeological team at Vindolanda since 2002 and led the excavations in the North Field area of the site for a decade. She is currently the principal investigator of the Vindolanda Archaeological Leather Project and co-director of the Vindolanda Field School. Her research has been funded extensively by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation. Her archaeological research has been published in international venues since 2012, much of which focuses on the social role of women, children and families in Roman military communities. Dr. Greene has been a national lecturer for the Archaeological Institute of America since 2014 and has given talks to local societies across the USA and Canada. She is also a member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists and her research is regularly featured on podcasts, radio, online and print media. Dr. Greene has been a member of the AIA since graduate school and has advocated for archaeology and the AIA in several roles in both local societies and at the national level.

Dr. Patrick Hunt

The Fall of Civilizations: Famine & Climate Change
Thursday, September 24, 1pm ET on Zoom. (Completed)
Dr. Hunt discusses how famine and climate change impacted past civilizations. 

Otzi the Iceman’s Prehistoric Medical Kit
Thursday, October 22, 1pm ET on Zoom. (Watch Recording)
Dr. Hunt has studied Otzi for nearly three decades. Discover the contents of the Iceman’s prehistoric medical kit which included antiviral and antibacterial remedies. 

Four New World Foods that Dramatically Changed European Lifestyles 
Thursday, November 19, 1pm ET on Zoom. (Watch Recording)
Get in the holiday spirit by learning how four New World foods that changed European lifestyles after the 16th century: tomato, potato, corn, and everyone’s favorite – Chocolate! 

Dr. Patrick Hunt
Dr. Patrick Hunt

Dr. Patrick Hunt is an award-winning archaeologist, author, and National Geographic grantee. Dr. Hunt earned his Ph.D. in Archaeology from the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, and has taught at Stanford University for 25 years. He directed the Stanford Alpine Archaeology Project from 1994-2012, and has continued project-related fieldwork in the region in the years since. His Alps research has been sponsored by the National Geographic Society’s Expeditions Council. Patrick frequently lectures for National Geographic and others on Hannibal and the European mummy nicknamed Ötzi the Iceman. He is also a National Lecturer for the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) as well as an elected Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. Dr. Hunt is the author of 20 published books, including Hannibal (Simon & Schuster, 2017), the Penguin best-seller Ten Discoveries That Rewrote History, and Alpine Archaeology. He has also published more than 100 articles, including more than a dozen for Encyclopedia Britannica, mostly on Hannibal. Dr. Hunt has been featured in many National Geographic and NOVA documentaries, and has consulted for BBC and been featured in BBC radio interviews. He has a lifelong love of the Alps, having lived annually for several months in the Alps since 1994 when not in the classroom or on the lecture circuit. Dr. Hunt is also President of the Stanford Chapter of the AIA and has been a member of the AIA since graduate school in 1984. A regular study leader on educational tours, he led an AIA tour of northern Italy in 2017 and 2018 with another one scheduled for 2021. 

Dr. Hunt will also be leading an AIA Tour in France in September 2021. For full details visit the France: The Reach Of The Romans tour web page.

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