Niagara Peninsula Society of the Archaeological Institute of America

Faculty of Humanities

Niagara Peninsula Society of the Archaeological Institute of America

Founded in 1968, the Niagara Peninsula Society of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) hosts monthly illustrated lectures on diverse topics related to the study and practice of archaeology and art history, including the preservation of cultural heritage, Classical and Near Eastern archaeology, and underwater archaeology. Last year's lecturers included Dr. Bill Murray of the University of South Florida (above left) who presented a Bass Lecture. The lectures are free and open to the public. All are welcome to attend! The 2014-2015 schedule, complete with abstracts, is listed below. The Department of Classics is pleased to be affiliated with the Niagara Peninsula Society of the AIA and to help facilitate its programming.

Lecture Schedule 2014-2015
All lectures are held in Academic South 215 and begin at 3:00 p.m. An interactive campus map can be found at the bottom of this page (please note that Academic South is called "South Block" on this map) and a downloadable campus map is available here on which Academic South/South Block is marked as #21. Visitor pay & display parking is available in Lots D and P, as well as in metered parking in front of the Schmon Tower.

Sunday, October 5
 **Please join us after the talk for our annual fall potluck to be held in the Department of Classics (International Centre, 3rd floor)**
Kate Cooper (University of Toronto, Scarborough)
Minoan Mystery or Modern Masterpiece? The ‘Minoan Goddess’ of the Royal Ontario Museum  

Sunday, November 9 - Archaeology of Portugal Lecture
Alexandre Monteiro (Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas)
Ship of gold in a sea of diamonds: the untold story of the “Bom Jesus”, a Portuguese East Indiaman lost off Namibia in 1533

Sunday, November 23
Justin Leidwanger (Stanford University, Department of Classics)
The Marzamemi “Church Wreck” in the Shrinking World of the Late Antique Mediterranean


Sunday, December 7
Carrie A. Murray (Brock University, Department of Classics)
Searching for Punic Life in the central Mediterranean: Fieldwork results at the Lago di Venere site on the island of Pantelleria

Sunday, January 25 - Kress Lecture

Alexander Mazarakis Ainian (University of Thessaly, Department of History, Archaeology and Social Anthropology)
The Archaic sanctuary on Kythnos (Cyclades) and its importance for the understanding of Greek cult practices

Sunday, February 8
Craig I. Hardiman (University of Waterloo, Department of Classical Studies)
Ancient Art and Modern Brains: Can Modern Neuroscience Help us Understand how Ancient Greeks Experienced their Art? 

Sunday, March 22

Andrew Roddick (McMaster University, Department of Anthropology)
Following the Traces of Learning: The Craft of Pottery in the Lake Titicaca Basin, Bolivia

Contact us
Angus Smith, President

Department of Classics (main office)
905-688-5550 ext. 3575 

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For questions about membership, please contact our membership secretary Carrie Murray.

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Celebrating National Archaeology Day
The Niagara Peninsula Society has been involved in celebrating International Archaeology Day for the past few years with a variety of activities. In 2011, for example, society members joined Dr. Ellen Herscher (University of Pennsylvania's Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology) in the Department of Classics' Archaeology Lab where she offered a hands-on discussion of several objects in Brock's Cypriote Museum. Dr. Herscher also gave a public lecture later that afternoon. Lectures on Cypriote archaeology have become an annual tradition at Brock because of the university's long tradition of archaeology on the island and in memory of Brock professor and Cypriote archaeologist Danielle Parks, who passed away tragically in 2007. 

Fred Truckenbrodt Travel Grant for Students                                                                                  The Niagara Peninsula Society has established a travel grant for students to be awarded each year for three consecutive years (2012, 2013, 2014) in memory of Fred Truckenbrodt, a long-time member of our society who was passionate about archaeology and travel in the Mediterranean and deeply committed to the AIA and its activities. The 2014 recipient of the award was Brian Abfal, an undergraduate major in Classics, who participated in Brock's Archaeological Practium (CLAS 3F75) in Gournia; he is pictured (above right) receiving his award from Dr. Angus Smith who led the practicum this past summer. 

Our 45th anniversary celebration
On April 28, 2013 our society celebrated its 45th anniversary with dinner at Antipasto's in St Catharines, a silent auction, and stimulating talks on the theme of "Dining and Debauchery in the Ancient World" presented by two members of the Department of Classics:

  • Dr. Allison Glazebrook, "Sympotic Paideia: Sexual Ethics and the Greek Symposium"
  • Dr. Katharine T. von Stackelberg, "Dangerous Dining in Greece and Rome: Drunk, Disorderly, Debauched and...Dead?" (pictured above center)