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.

The 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 217 at Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario. Parking is now free in Zones 1 and 2 on weekends.

2018-2019 Public Lecture Series

Sunday, October 21 (International Archaeology Day). Robert W. Park (University of Waterloo), “Dying to Explore: The Archaeology of John Franklin’s Last Expedition”

Sunday, November 18, Kevin Garstki (Institute for European and Mediterranean Archaeology, University at Buffalo), “Archaeological Visualization in the Digital Age”

Thursday, November 22, Allison Glazebrook  (Brock University), “Working Women in Classical Athens” (this lecture is hosted as a Brock Talk in the St Catharines Public Library at 7:00 pm)

Sunday, January 27, Kelly Graf (Texas A&M University), “Peopling of Siberia, Beringia and the Americas from a Northern Perspective”

Sunday, February 10, Sarah Murray (University of Toronto), “Death of States and States of Death: Framing Mortuary Variability and Innovation in Postpalatial Greece” (this lecture will be held in Academic South 216)

Sunday, March 24 (Manton Lecture), Jordan Karsten (University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh), “Bones and Borscht: How Neolithic Human Remains from Ukraine Are Enabling the Reconstruction of European Population History and Our Understanding of Ancient Warfare”

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.