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.

The Department of Classics and Archaeology is pleased to be affiliated with the Niagara Peninsula Society of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) and to help facilitate its programming. AIA lectures are free and open to the public. All are welcome to attend!

2022-2023 Public Lecture Series

Our events this year will include a mixture of online and in-person events.

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 held in Academic South (STH) 215 on the Brock University campus. Parking is now free in Zones 1 and 2 on weekends.


Sunday, October 2 @ 3:00 pm [STH 215]
Patrick Hunt (Stanford University)
“Hannibal’s Secret Weapon”

Sunday, October 16 @ 3:00 pm [St. Catharines Museum]
In celebration of International Archaeology Day, join us for a guided walk along the Welland Canal to explore local history, environment and ecology
Where: Burgoyne Room, St Catharines Museum, 1932 Welland Canals Parkway
When: Sunday, October 16, 2022 (the day after Int’l Archy Day), 3:00 – 4:30 PM
Cost: Cost of attendance is $5 per person, payable at the front desk of the Museum
Parking: There is abundant parking available next to the building
The Canal Walk will take place rain or shine; please dress accordingly with suitable walking shoes.
This event is open to the public and all are welcome. Participants must register in advance.

Sunday, November 20 @ 3:00 pm [Online]
Branko van Oppen (Tampa Museum of Art, Florida)
“Curating Antiquities for the Wider Community”

Sunday, December 4 @ 3:00 pm [Online]
Matthew McCarty (University of British Columbia)
“Woodlands, Work and Worship in Roman Africa”

Friday, January 27 @ 12:30 pm [Online]
John Papadopoulos (UCLA)
“Framing Victory: Salamis, the Athenian Acropolis, and the Agora”

Sunday, February 5 @ 3:00 pm [STH 215]
Ceileighn MacInnis (ASI Heritage)
“Beyond Study: Building a Career in CRM and Ontario Heritage”

Sunday, March 5 @ 3:00 pm [Online]
Karolyn Smardz Frost (Acadia University)
“Digging for the Underground Railroad in the Canada/US Borderlands”
To register click here.

Sunday, March 19 @ 3:00 pm [STH 215]
Tristan Carter (McMaster University)
“From Neanderthals to Ariadne: The Minoan Type Peak Sanctuary at Stelida, Naxos”

For further information call the Department of Classics and Archaeology 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 Practicum (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.