Archaeology & Ale: Shifting Perceptions on Tattooing in Ancient Egypt (Dr. Anne Austin, University of Missouri-St. Louis)


The practice of tattooing in ancient Egypt is rarely attested. Egyptologists have identified tattoos on only a handful of mummies spanning Pharaonic Egypt’s more than 3,000-year history. Textual evidence is virtually silent on the practice and art historical evidence is often ambiguous. Nonetheless, much of the scholarship on Egyptian tattooing over the past century has […]

Archaeology & Ale: Archaeology and Civic Engagement in New Philadelphia

Join us for the November Archaeology & Ale! Dr. Christopher C. Fennell (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) will discuss "Archaeology, Civic Engagement, and Interdisciplinary Data in the New Phildelphia Project." A community's encounters with structural racism have been examined through oral history, documentary, and archaeological evidence about New Philadelphia, Illinois. This was the first town […]

The Archaeology of “Race” in the Roman Empire: Old Problems, New Approaches

Can we write an archaeology of "race" in the Roman period? This paper considers the question through the lens of images of and artefacts related to Aethiopians (that is, Sub-Saharan Africans). After providing a brief overview of the corpus of objects and their imagery and the critical axioms of their study, the paper will propose […]

Landscapes of Conflict

Fortification and Institutionalized Inequality in Mensabak, Chiapas, Mexico In this talk, Christopher Hernandez of Loyola University's Department of Anthropology argues that the ancient inhabitants of the Mensabak region of Chiapas, Mexico, incorporated various aspects of their environment to create layer upon layer of defense that in turn promoted social inequality. Within a heavily guarded settlement, […]

Archaeology and Ale with Dr. James Osborne

New York

Fieldwork and COVID at Turkey's 'Newest' Iron Age Capital: Results from Türkmen-Karahöyük (Dr. James Osborne, Oriental Institute, University of Chicago) In 2019, researchers with the Türkmen-Karahöyük Intensive Survey Project (TISP) identified the site to be one of the very largest Bronze and Iron Age cities in ancient Turkey, despite the fact that it had never […]

International Archaeology Day: Tour of Oak Woods Cemetery

Come enjoy a beautiful fall day with an informal tour of Chicago's oldest chartered rural garden cemetery- Oak Woods. Dr. Jane Baxter will provide some insights to the cemetery, and show us not only the final resting places of some of Chicago's (and America's) past luminaries, but also how using tools of archaeology to examine […]

Archaeology and Ale and Book Release with Andrew Lawler

Andrew Lawler will introduce us to his new book, UNDER JERUSALEM: The Buried History of the World’s Most Contested City. Sacred to three faiths and revered by more than half the people on the planet, Jerusalem conjures up powerful images of the celestial. Yet beneath its narrow alleys and holy places, the ancient city conceals […]