Eva von Dassow on “Making Myth in Mesopotamia: The Reign of Erra, God of War"

Sponsored by AIA, Minnesota Society and Macalester College

AIA Society Event: Minneapolis/St. Paul

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Location:
John B. Davis Lecture Hall in the Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center at Macalester College
1600 Grand Avenue
St Paul, MN 55105
United States

Myth is often thought of as something primordial, transmitted but not created, as if it were part of a culture’s genome.  Actual myths were of course composed in historical time.  From ancient Mesopotamia myths survive together with historical context: we often know when a myth was written and what events gave rise to its composition.  In one case we even know who wrote it.  This one is the poem relating how Erra, god of war, seized the reins of cosmic power and so wrecked the world.  It was written in the late eighth century BCE by a Babylonian author who reports that he received it from the gods in a dream.  His poem, composed in response to the unremitting warfare that beset Babylonia during the expansion of Assyria’s empire, when the land of southern Iraq was riven by factions and overrun by foreign fighters, achieved notable popularity in its day.  Many exemplars and excerpts, some in the form of amulets, have been found at various sites in Iraq. Read more »

Website: http://aiamn.blogspot.com/

Contact:
Vanessa Rousseau
vrousseau@stthomas.edu

Joshua Feinberg on "Magnetic Applications to Archaeological Studies"

Sponsored by AIA, Minnesota Society and Macalester College

AIA Society Event: Minnesota

Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Location:
John B. Davis Lecture Hall in the Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center at Macalester College
1600 Grand Avenue
St Paul, MN 55105
United States

Look closely at any archaeological material and you will find trace amounts of magnetic minerals. Whether your passion is in ceramics, metals, glassware, obsidians, or cherts, the magnetic properties of such artifacts and the materials in which they are found often retain valuable, quantifiable information about an artifact's original age, as well as the age of the deposit in which it was discovered. This talk will share several recent efforts at the University of Minnesota where magnetic methods were used to provide information about the age of archaeological features or the origin of archaeological artifacts. Projects to be discussed will include obsidian research in Syria and the American Southwest, archaeomagnetic dating of ceramics in Israel and Syria, metallurgical slag from Cyprus and Israel, Clovis sites in Texas, and footprints preserved in volcanic ash in Mexico.   

Website: http://aiamn.blogspot.com/

Contact:
Vanessa Rousseau
vrousseau@stthomas.edu

How Should Archaeologists Study the Past? A Minnesota Example

Sponsored by AIA, Minnesota Society and Macalester College

AIA Society Event: Minnesota

Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Location:
John B. Davis Lecture Hall in the Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center at Macalester College
1600 Grand Avenue
St Paul, MN 55105
United States

Website: http://aiamn.blogspot.com/

Students in Archaeology: Poster Presentation of Recent Fieldwork and Archaeological Research

Sponsored by AIA, Minnesota Society and the University of St. Thomas Art History Department

AIA Society Event: Minneapolis/St. Paul

Friday, October 11, 2013 - 6:00pm - Saturday, October 12, 2013 - 5:00pm

Location:
University of St Thomas, Anderson Student Center
2115 Summit Avenue
St Paul, MN 55105
United States

Our third annual student poster event will be held in cooperation with the University of St. Thomas Art History Department’s Graduate Student Research Symposium. Student posters will be on display during the Friday night keynote address by Jason Felch, and on Saturday, Oct. 12, we will hold a poster presentation and reception that will allow social time and informal discussion. We encourage students to present posters about their recent archaeological fieldwork or research projects related to archaeology, looting or preservation of antiquities.

Website: http://aiamn.blogspot.com/

Contact:
Vanessa Rousseau
vrousseau@stthomas.edu

Beneath the Sands of Egypt: An archaeologist explores the Valley of the Kings

Sponsored by Archaeological Institute of America

AIA Society Event: Minneapolis/St. Paul

Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 11:00am

Location:
Pillsbury Auditorium, Minneapolis Museum of Arts
2400 3rd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55404
United States

Lecturer: Donald P. Ryan

Abstract: "Beneath the Sands of Egypt: An archaeologist explores the Valley of the Kings."

Contact:
Vanessa Rousseau
vrousseau@stthomas.edu

Our Presidents' Gifts: The Role of Greek Antiquities in Greek-US Political Relationships after WWII

Sponsored by Archaeological Institute of America

AIA Society Event: Minneapolis/St. Paul

Saturday, January 18, 2014 - 11:00am

Location:
Pillsbury Auditorium, Minneapolis Museum of Arts
2400 3rd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55404
United States

Lecturer: Nassos Papalexandrou

Abstract: Our Presidents’ Gifts: The Role of Greek Antiquities in Greek-U.S. Political Relationships after WWII

Contact:
Vanessa Rousseau
vrousseau@stthomas.edu

Roman Green: Ancient Roman Gardens and the Green Ideal

Sponsored by Archaeological Institute of America

AIA Society Event: Minneapolis/St. Paul

Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 11:00am

Location:
Pillsbury Auditorium, Minneapolis Museum of Arts
2400 3rd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55404
United States

Lecturer: Annette Giesecke

Abstract: Roman Green: Ancient Roman Gardens and the Green Ideal

Contact:
Vanessa Rousseau
vrousseau@stthomas.edu

Tina Neuhauser, “Roman Provincial Theaters – A Review Based on Selected Examples”

Sponsored by AIA-MN and Macalester College

AIA Society Event: Minneapolis/St. Paul

Thursday, November 8, 2012 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Location:
John B. Davis Lecture Hall in the Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center at Macalester College
1600 Grand Ave
St Paul, MN 55105
United States

The Roman architect Vitruvius (De architectura
5,3,1) said that building a theater was one of the first
priorities at a site: “When the forum is placed, a spot
as healthy as possible is to be chosen for the theatre,
for the exhibition of games on the festival days of the
immortal gods…”
Evidence of ancient theaters can be found
throughout the whole Roman Empire.  In addition to
extant theaters, one finds their indications in present
architectural remains or in eference to performances
found on inscriptions.
Not enough attention has been given to the
Provinces concerning the existence of theaters and to
their role in the history of ancient theater. This is
particularly true in Dalmatia, Moesia, Noricum and
Pannonia, where a number of diverging cultures met.
Greek, Roman/Italic as well as Gallic influences can
be seen in theaters in these provinces based on
selected examples. Moreover, these four Roman
Provinces provide us with an interesting legacy,
which cannot be found in the rest of the Roman
Empire.
 

Website: http://aiamn.blogspot.com/

Contact:
Vanessa Rousseau
vousseau@stthomas.edu

Students in Archaeology: Poster Presentation of Recent Fieldwork

Sponsored by AIA, MN Society

AIA Society Event: Minneapolis/St. Paul

Saturday, October 20, 2012 - 11:00am - 1:00pm

Location:
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Ave
St Paul , MN 55105
United States

Undergraduate and graduate students at MN institutions who participated in an archaeological project during the past two years are invited to present a poster about their field experience. We are reaching out to our community by presenting the vibrant student involvement with archaeological fieldwork and projects nationally and internationally. We hope to inspire students and the general public and encourage life-long interest in preservation of archaeological heritage. The poster session should also bring together students and professionals from different institutions, and encourage membership in the AIA and its MN Society. We expect that students presenting posters of their work will introduce their classmates, families and friends to the AIA and to its global work.

Website: http://aiamn.blogspot.com/

Contact:
Vanessa Rousseau
vousseau@stthomas.edu

Secret of the Great Pyramid

Sponsored by Archaeological Institute of America

AIA Society Event: Minneapolis/St. Paul

Saturday, September 29, 2012 - 11:00am

Location:
Pillsbury Auditorium, Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Minneapolis, MN
United States

Lecturer: Bob Brier

Abstract: Secret of the Great Pyramid

Norton Lecture

Contact:
Vanessa Rousseau
vrousseau@stthomas.edu

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