Secrets of the World's First Gladiator Cemetery
Sponsoring Institution/Organization: 
Sponsored by Archaeological Institute of America, Houston
Start Date: 
Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - 6:30pm

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lecture
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Call for Papers: 
no

An accidental find in York, revealed the world’s only known Roman gladiatorial burial ground. Archaeologists unearthed a staggering 80 sets of remains.  For the first time ever, complete —but decapitated—gladiator skeletons were discovered. The director of the York Archaeological Project will reveal exciting new DNA information about these remains.  Hear fascinating stories about the lives, and deaths, of the people they once were.  

Following the talk, attend a Roman feast and see reenactors from Legio XIII demonstrate gladiator combat

Contact Information
Name: 
Becky Lao
Telephone: 
7133646344
Secrets from a Watery Grave: USS Houston and HMAS Perth
Sponsoring Institution/Organization: 
Sponsored by Archaeological Institute of America, Houston
Start Date: 
Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 6:30pm

Location:
Houston Museum of Natural Science
5555 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, TX 77030
United States

Event Type (you may select more than one): 
lecture
CFP
Call for Papers: 
no

In the early morning of March 1, 1942, under clear skies and a full moon, the USS Houston and the HMAS Perth were sunk by the Japanese Imperial Navy in the Battle of Sunda Strait.  During the battle, 696 U.S. sailors and marines aboard the Houston and 375 Australian sailors aboard the Perth, including the captains of both ships, lost their lives.

Contact Information
Name: 
Becky Lao
Telephone: 
7133646344

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Bridge On the River Kwai
Sponsoring Institution/Organization: 
Sponsored by Archaeological Institute of America, Houston
Start Date: 
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 6:30pm

Location:
Houston Museum of Natural Science
5555 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, TX 77030
United States

Event Type (you may select more than one): 
other
CFP
Call for Papers: 
no

Among the forced laborers who built the bridge over the River Kwai were American and Australian sailors who had survived the sinking of the USS Houston and the HMAS Perth in the Battle of Sunda Strait on March 1, 1942. The 250-mile Thai-Burma Railway, known as the Death Railway, cost the lives of more than 12,000 Allied POWs. The River Kwai Bridge was only one of 688 bridges along the route. One of the great war epics of Hollywood focuses not on battles between men but on their inner conflicts.

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Name: 
Becky Lao
Telephone: 
7133646344

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Solving the Mystery of Göbekli Tepe: The Oldest Temple on Earth?
Sponsoring Institution/Organization: 
Sponsored by Archaeological Institute of America, Houston
Start Date: 
Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 12:30pm

Location:
Houston Museum of Natural Science
5555 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, TX 77030
United States

Event Type (you may select more than one): 
lecture
CFP
Call for Papers: 
no

Some of the magnificent statues, pillars, temples and reliefs uncovered at Göbekli Tepe date back an astonishing 14,000 years.  They have been touted as evidence of alien landing or as the site of the gate of heaven. In fact, they are the most magnificent and best-preserved artifacts from a well-known culture of the Neolithic, a revolutionary period in humankind’s cultural evolution that brought us animal husbandry, agriculture and village life, and eventually artisanship, art and religious belief.

Presented by Prof. Mehmet Ozdogan, Istanbul University

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Name: 
Becky Lao
Telephone: 
7133646344

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The Mystery of Noah's Ark
Sponsoring Institution/Organization: 
Sponsored by Archaeological Institute of America, Houston
Start Date: 
Sunday, November 6, 2016 - 3:00pm

Location:
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
1001 Bissonnet
Houston, TX 77098
United States

Event Type (you may select more than one): 
lecture
CFP
Call for Papers: 
no

A story pivotal to the world undergoes a radical new interpretation.  Irving Finkel, a renowned expert on cuneiform, deciphered writing on a 4,000-year-old piece of clay that cast new light on the story of Noah’s Ark.  His enthralling real-life detective story began with the 2008 arrival at the British Museum of a single, palm-sized cuneiform tablet that dated from about 1850 BCE.  It proved to be a copy of the Babylonian Myth of the Flood that included precise instructions for building a large boat. Hear the newest details about one of the oldest tales on earth.   

Contact Information
Name: 
Becky Lao
Telephone: 
7133646344

Location

Mythological Beasts: Dragon Bones, Griffin Claws-and Dinosaurs?
Sponsoring Institution/Organization: 
Sponsored by Archaeological Institute of America, Houston
Start Date: 
Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 12:30pm

Location:
Houston Museum of Natural Science
5555 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, TX 77030
United States

Event Type (you may select more than one): 
nad
lecture
CFP
Call for Papers: 
no

How could dragons —imaginary animals — be found in cultures all over the world? For millennia, storytellers have recounted tales about mysterious creatures, but the vivid human imagination is only part of the story. Accounts from classical Greece, Europe, North America, and China tell of physical evidence that was taken as proof that fabulous beasts once really existed. Explore the kinds of puzzling natural evidence that led people to believe in dragons, griffins, and other fantastic creatures. Did ancient discoveries of dinosaur fossils play a role? 

Contact Information
Name: 
Becky Lao
Telephone: 
7133646344

Location

Fate of the Maya, Planetarium Presentation
Sponsoring Institution/Organization: 
Sponsored by Archaeological Institute of America, Houston
Start Date: 
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 6:30pm

Location:
Houston Museum of Natural Science
5555 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, TX 77030
United States

Event Type (you may select more than one): 
other
CFP
Call for Papers: 
no

Discover how the Maya aligned their pyramids and temples to watch their sky gods, and used interlocking calendars to record the past and predict the future in this planetarium film presentation. Dr. Carolyn Sumners will share how archaeological, historical, and astronomical records were pieced together to learn more about the Maya. This session includes a viewing of the film Fate of the Maya in the newly upgraded Tru-8K Burke Baker Planetarium at HMNS.

Contact Information
Name: 
Becky Lao
Telephone: 
7133646344

Location

Maya Ritual Secrets Revealed: Sacrifice, Divination, and Atronomy
Sponsoring Institution/Organization: 
Sponsored by Archaeological Institute of America, Houston Society
Start Date: 
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - 6:30pm

Location:
Houston Museum of Natural Science
5555 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, TX 77030
United States

Event Type (you may select more than one): 
lecture
CFP
Call for Papers: 
no

Deeply held beliefs helped the Maya position themselves in the cosmos. Ceremonies involving divination, astronomy, and human sacrifice were common in Mesoamerica, and are depicted at such sites as Uxmal, and Chichen Itza. Not only can these depictions help us understand official activities, such as the enthronement of kings or warfare, they also reveal daily life. Even more fascinating: Maya ritual is not dead. Learn how shamanism is still being practiced today.

Dr. Tomás Gallareta Negrón, Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, México

Contact Information
Name: 
Becky Lao
Telephone: 
7133646344

Location

The Woman Who Would be King: Hatshepsut’s Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt
Sponsoring Institution/Organization: 
Sponsored by Archaeological Institute of America
Start Date: 
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Location:

Houston, TX
United States

Event Type (you may select more than one): 
lecture
CFP
Call for Papers: 
no
Lecturer: 
Contact Information
Name: 
AIA Lecture Program

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The Ark Before Noah
Sponsoring Institution/Organization: 
Sponsored by Archaeological Institute of America
Start Date: 
Sunday, November 6, 2016

Location:

Houston, TX
United States

Event Type (you may select more than one): 
lecture
CFP
Call for Papers: 
no
Lecturer: 

Norton Lecture

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AIA Lecture Program

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