“Feeding Cahokia”

Warren County History Museum 238 S. Sunny Lane, Monmouth, IL, United States

James Godde, Professor of Biology, Monmouth College ( Every year, the Biology Department at Monmouth College teaches a half-semester course entitled Topics in the History of Biology. This past fall, the specific focus was “Feeding Cahokia: Agricultural Technology of Native Americans during the Mississippian Period". The class focused on a book written by Gayle J. […]

“Illuminating the Past: An Application of Data Science to Archaeology”

Warren County History Museum 238 S. Sunny Lane, Monmouth, IL, United States

Michael C. Sostarecz, Professor of Mathematics, Monmouth College ( Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) is an imaging technique used to non-invasively bring out surface details on artifacts. This lecture will share improvements on how the data is collected, an original model to combine the experimental images, and new options for post-processing. The artifacts presented will include […]

POSTPONED!!! “Archaeology through Art: Early Modern Japanese Ship Construction”

THIS LECTURE HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL SOMETIME IN THE SPRING. Michelle Damian, Assistant Professor of History, Monmouth College ( Maritime trade and transport flourished during Japan’s early modern (Edo, 1603 – 1868) period, connecting the urban centers of Osaka and Edo with the farthest reaches of Hokkaido and Kyushu. The omnipresent nature and variety of […]

“Masada: From Jewish Revolt to Modern Myth”

Monmouth College IL, United States

Sienkewicz Lecture on Roman Archaeology Jodi Magness, Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ( In the first century B.C.E., Herod the Great, who ruled Judea as client king on behalf of Rome, built a fortified palace atop the mountain of Masada overlooking the Dead Sea. […]

Etruscans at the Crossroads: The Lost Cities of Tuscany

Zoomed lecture, free and open to the public. Rachel Horner Brackett Lecture - Etruscans at the Crossroads Thursday, March 3 · 4:30 – 6:00pm Google Meet joining info Video call link: Or dial: ‪(US) +1 240-428-7995‬ PIN: ‪770 814 570‬# More phone numbers:

“Dreams, Drugs, and Fumigations: Doctoring in Ancient Athens”

In ancient Athens, as today, people got sick. Suffering from anything from epidemic disease and accidents to chronic illness and passing indisposition, they required treatment. Much of what we know about that treatment comes from texts, particularly the body of medical lore known as the Hippocratic Corpus, which began to be written down in the […]

Ritual at the Crossroads: A Sacred Stone in Ancient Athens

Susan Rotroff, Jarvis Thurston & Mona Van Duyn Professor Emerita, Washington University, St. Louis ( A large, irregular boulder fenced off by a parapet of stone slabs lies at a crossroads on the north side of the Agora (the public square) of ancient Athens. When excavated, in the 1970s, I, t was covered with hundreds […]