Societies News

July 8, 2014

Spring 2014 Society Outreach Grant Winners

Silencing Homer: The Iliad and the Odyssey in Early Cinema

The AIA Charleston Local Society in conjunction with the Archaeology and Classics Clubs at the College of Charleston will screen three short filmsPastroni’s La Caduta di Troia (1911), Melies’ Ulesee et le geant Polyphemus (1905), and Liguoro and Padovan’s L’Odissea (1911)— to raise interest in archaeology and classics among the student body. All three silent films feature narratives from Homer’s Iliad or Odyssey.

Virginia/National/International Archaeology Day

The AIA Charlottesville Local Society will organize an archaeology fair to be held at the Betsy and John Casteen Arts Grounds. The day-long event will include a variety of activities suitable for all ages, such as a simulated excavation, pottery reconstruction, a temporary museum exhibit at the Fralin Museum of Art, showings of the study gallery and artifacts from Flowerdew Hundred, book readings, and more. The event’s co-sponsors include the McIntire Department of Art, the Department of Anthropology, the Interdisciplinary Program of Archaeology, the Fralin Museum of Art, and the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities.

Cincinnati Archaeology Fair

The AIA Cincinnati Local Society will host an archaeology fair at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center (CCAC). Presenters include scholars and students from the University of Cincinnati Anthropology and Classics departments and from Northern Kentucky University, employees of the Cincinnati Museum Center, costumed re-enactors, and members of the AIA-Cincinnati. Activities and presentations  include pottery production demonstrations, a costumed Roman centurion, flintknapping demonstrations, dressing children in togas and peploi, Roman dice games, a make-your-own curse tablet activity, a clay-stamping activity, and more.

Can You Dig It?

The AIA East Tennessee Local Society and the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture will host their third annual celebration of Archaeology Day. Presenters from various university departments, state institutions, and cultural resource management firms will discuss archaeological sites from prehistoric to historical periods and ranging from Tennessee to other parts of the US, Greece, Italy, and the Middle East. In addition, demonstrations will include a range of archaeological and archaeometric approaches, including ceramics analysis, reflectance transformation imaging, experimental archaeology, zooarchaeology, palaeobotany, bioarchaeology, sedimentology, and GIS. Children’s activities are a particular focus, and the 2014 program will include 5-7 separate archaeology-themed craft stations as well as child-friendly activities at all archaeological displays.

Students in Archaeology: Poster Presentation of Recent Fieldwork and Research Projects Related to Preservation and Repatriation

The AIA Minnesota Local Society will invite undergraduate and graduate students who have recently done archaeological fieldwork or research projects related to preservation and repatriation to present posters of their work at this October event, to correspond with celebration of International Archaeology Day. The program will be offered in collaboration with Macalester College and in conjunction with a lecture about preservation and repatriation.

AIA-Atlantic Classical Association Joint Lecture

The AIA New Brunswick Local Society will host an AIA speaker, who will also participate in and serve as the keynote speaker for the Atlantic Classical Association that is holding its annual conference at the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton. The conference will bring in classicists and archaeologists, both faculty and graduate students, from around Atlantic Canada and beyond. The talk will be delivered at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery.

Orange County Society Membership Building Initiative

The AIA Orange County Local Society is organizing a program to increase AIA membership and attendance at the Society’s lectures. Components of the program include personal invitations to potential attendees, enrollment in the social media website “Meet Up” under archaeology, and following the lecture, a reception and refreshments. Members of AIA-Orange County will also host smaller receptions in their homes following the lectures.

As the Wheel Turns: Potters and Society in Ancient Greece

The AIA Tucson Local Society is organizing a one-day colloquium that brings potters and scholars together to explore the technological choices of ancient Greek potters and their reception in ancient Greece. The colloquium also brings together the strong traditions of pottery production in the Southwest and that of ancient Mediterranean, through scholarly talks, display of Greek pottery, and demonstrations of wheel-throwing and other forming techniques.

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