AIA Niagara

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. Unless indicated otherwise, lectures are held on Sundays at 3:00 pm in Academic South 215 on the Brock University campus. Parking is now free in Zones 1 and 2 on weekends.

2019-2020 Public Lecture Series

Sunday, September 22. Jennifer Ramsay (The College at Brockport, State University of New York), “Plants, People and Landscapes: An Archaeobotanical Look at the Environment and Its Implications in the Ancient Eastern Mediterranean.”

Thursday October 3 (Nancy Wilkie Lectureship in Archaeological Heritage). Brian Daniels (Penn Cultural Heritage Center, University of Pennsylvania), “Cultural Recovery in a Time of Violence: Protecting Heritage Sites in Syria.” This lecture will take place at 7:00 pm in GLB 104.

Sunday, October 27 (Charles Eliot Norton Memorial Lecture). Maureen Carroll (University of Sheffield), “Infancy And Earliest Childhood In The Roman World.”

Sunday, November 10. Max Friesen (University of Toronto), “Inuvialuit Architecture: The Archaeology of Cruciform Houses in the Mackenzie Delta.”

Sunday, January 26. Lana Radloff (Bishop’s University), “Pathways and Seaways: Urban Connections in Greek Maritime Networks.”

Friday, February 28. Alessandro Sebastiani (University at Buffalo) “An Amulet, A Carbonised Table and An Abandoned Castle. Archaeological Stories from South Tuscany.” This lecture will take place at 5:30 pm in GLB 104.

Thursday, March 26. Kimberly Monk (Brock University). “The Shickluna Shipyard Project.” This lecture will take place at 7:00 pm in GLB 104.

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.