National Lecture Program

AIA Lecturer: Lynn Rainville

Affiliation: Sweet Briar College

Lynn Rainville is Research Professor in Humanities with Sweet Briar College, and holds her degrees from Dartmouth College (B.A.) and the University of Michigan (M.A. and Ph.D.).  Her areas of specialization are Assyrian cities, ancient Mesopotamian states, micro-debris analysis, African American mortuary traditions, African American schools during segregation, and southern plantations.  She is Director of the Survey of African-American Cemeteries in Virginia, and was Founding Director of the Tusculum Institute for Sustainable Historic Preservation.  She has conducted fieldwork in Turkey, Syria, Mexico and Virginia, and has received numerous awards for her work.  Publications include Investigating Upper Mesopotamian Households Using Micro-Archaeological Techniques (BAR International Series, No. S1368, 2005), and several forthcoming articles on “Micro-Archaeology at Tilbes Hoyuk” and “Household Matters: Techniques for Understanding Assyrian Houses”.

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