AIA Niagara Peninsula Society

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.

Lectures are free and open to the public. All are welcome to attend! The Department of Classics is pleased to be affiliated with the Niagara Peninsula Society of the AIA and to help facilitate its programming.

2021-2022 Public Lecture Series

Our events this year will include some online and in-person events dependent upon the COVID circumstances as they develop.

The online lectures will be held using MS Teams. Over the course of the year, a link will be added to each of the events listed below.
If you would like to join us for an online event, please visit this page and click on the link associated with that event (about two weeks before the event). This link will take you to a registration form that will give you the MS Teams link needed in order to join the event. Please save the link in order to use on the day to join us. You will need to register for each online AIA event that you want to attend.

During the lectures, we ask that audience members mute their microphones and turn off their cameras. The moderator and speaker will hold Q&A time after each lecture. If you would like to ask a question, this can best be done by typing a question in the chat area.

In-person lectures and events are normally held in Academic South 215 or the International Centre on the Brock University campus. Parking is now free in Zones 1 and 2 on weekends.

Please visit this page again to see the further details and additional events that are currently being organized.

Sunday, September 26 @ 3:00pm  [Online]
Mark Usher (University of Vermont)
“The Roman Villa Project: Archaeology, Paleobotany, and Sustainable Agriculture in Italy’s Sabine Hills”



Saturday, October 16 @ 3:00pm   [On-campus, TBD]  INTERNATIONAL ARCHAEOLOGY DAY
Dan Long (Professional Flint Knapper)
Flint Knapping Demonstration and Activities


Friday, October 29 @ 3:00pm [Online]
Anna Osterholtz (Mississippi State University)
“The Body Poetic: How identity is formed, negotiated, and renegotiated through interaction between the living and the dead”


Sunday, November _  @ 3:00pm [date and venue details TBD] 
Rob Bhardwaj (ASI Heritage)
“As the Creek Flows: Spatial and Chronological Distribution of Indigenous Artifacts along Seneca Creek, Caledonia, Ontario”


Sunday, February 6  @ 3:00pm  [venue details TBD]
Michelle Cameron (University of Toronto)


Sunday, March 13  @ 3:00pm [venue details TBD]
Hilary Becker (SUNY Binghamton)
“Counterfeit goods in the Roman commercial landscape”


For further information call the Department of Classics at 905-688-5550, ext. 3575; or find us on Facebook @AIANiagara.

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Celebrating International Archaeology Day

The Niagara Peninsula Society has been involved in celebrating International Archaeology Day for the past few years with a variety of activities. This year, several undergraduate students from BUAS and graduate students enrolled in Archaeological Ethics (pictured above left) were at the downtown branch of the St Catharines Public Library to share their love of archaeology with the general public and discuss recent threats to cultural heritage from groups such as ISIL. Previous Archaeology Day celebrations have involved making (and tasting wine) in ceramic storage jars, displays at the St Catharines Farmers’ Market and hands-on discussions of artifacts in Brock’s Cypriote Museum. Brock has a long tradition of Cypriote archaeology; several lectures have been held to recognize the university’s association and in memory of Brock Classics professor and Cypriote archaeologist Danielle Parks who passed away tragically in 2007.

Fred Truckenbrodt Travel Grant for Students

The Niagara Peninsula Society 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 there in the summer of 2014.