AIA Lecturer/Host: James Wiseman
Archaeological Institute of America lecturer and host James Wiseman (Ph.D., University of Chicago) is an expert on Mediterranean archaeology, history, and art from prehistoric times to Late Antiquity. He is the founder of the Department of Archaeology at Boston University, where he is the Founder’s Professor Emeritus of Archaeology as well as Professor Emeritus of Art History and Classical Studies. Professor Wiseman is the author or editor of nine books and more than 200 articles, and is the Founding Editor of the Journal of Field Archaeology. He served two terms (1984-1988) as President of the Archaeological Institute of America, and in 1999 received the AIA’s Artemis and Martha Sharp Joukowsky Distinguished Service Award. In 2008 Professor Wiseman was awarded the AIA’s Gold Medal for Distinguished Archaeological Achievement.
Professor Wiseman is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, Fellow of The Explorers Club, Life Member of Clare Hall at the University of Cambridge, Foreign Member of the Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts, and Corresponding Member of the German Archaeological Institute. He has directed archaeological excavations and surveys in Greece, the former Yugoslavia, and Spain. His recent research interests include archaeology of the Roman provinces, the archaeology of Greek and Roman religion, and late antiquity in the Mediterranean. Professor Wiseman has lectured extensively in the U.S. and Europe, and on a number of previous AIA-sponsored voyages throughout the Mediterranean and around the Black Sea.