Niagara Peninsula Society of the Archaeological Institute of America

Faculty of Humanities

Niagara Peninsula Society of the Archaeological Institute of America

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 2013-2014 schedule, complete with abstracts, is listed below. The Department of Classics is pleased to be affiliated with the Niagara Peninsula Society of the AIA and to help facilitate its programming.

Lecture Schedule 2013-2014
All lectures are held in Academic South 215 and begin at 3:00 p.m. An interactive campus map can be found at the bottom of this page (please note that Academic South is called "South Block" on this map) and a downloadable campus map is available here on which Academic South/South Block is marked as #21. Visitor pay & display parking is available in Lots D and P, as well as in metered parking in front of the Schmon Tower.

Sunday, September 29
 **please join us after the lecture for our opening year potluck in Niagara-on-the-Lake**
Prof. David W. Rupp (Director of the Canadian Institute in Greece, Professor Emeritus of Brock University)
Canadians take the field throughout Greece: Over three decades of archaeological discoveries by the Canadian Institute in Greece

Sunday, October 6
– Bass Lecture
Prof. William M. Murray (University of South Florida, Department of History)
The RAM3D Project

Sunday, November 17

Prof. Dimitri Nakassis (University of Toronto, Department of Classics)
Digitizing prehistory: Aegean scripts in the 21st century

Sunday, December 1

Prof. Aubrey Cannon (McMaster University, Department of Anthropology)
Infant Death and the Archaeology of Grief

Sunday, January 19
Prof. Elizabeth M. Greene (University of Western Ontario, Department of Classical Studies)
The Anaerobic Levels at Vindolanda: Leather and wood in the archaeological record

Sunday, February 2
– Joukowsky Lecture
Prof. Marie-Henriette Gates (Bilkent University, Department of Archaeology)
Kinet Höyük (Turkey) and the Archaeology of Eastern Mediterranean Seaports

Sunday, March 2
– Kress Lecture (**Please note that the location for this lecture has changed to TH243**)
Prof. Hrvoje Potrebica (University of Zagreb, Department of Archaeology)
Burial Mounds: Landscapes of Continuity and Transformation

Contact us
Angus Smith, President

Department of Classics (main office)
905-688-5550 ext. 3575 

Become a member
To join the Niagara Peninsula Society of the AIA, please click on the following link:

For questions about membership, please contact our membership secretary Carrie Murray.

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An overview of our 44th year
The Niagara Peninsula Society enjoyed another great year of programming including lectures, award presentations, and social events. Helen Brown, treasurer, has compiled an overview of the past year's events which can be downloaded here.

Celebrating National Archaeology Day
In celebration of Archaeology Day 2011, society members joined Dr. Ellen Herscher of the University of Pennsylvania's Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in the Department of Classics' new Archaeology Lab where she offered a hands-on discussion of some of the objects in Brock's Cypriote Museum representing types similar to those discussed in her AIA talk. A reception followed the discussion. Lectures on Cypriote archaeology have become an annual tradition at Brock because of the university's long tradition of archaeology on the island and in memory of Brock professor and Cypriote archaeologist Danielle Parks, who passed away tragically in 2007.

Fred Truckenbrodt Travel Grant for Students                                                                                  The Niagara Peninsula Society has 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 second of these awards was presented to Tessa Little, a graduate student in Classics (pictured above right), who participated in Dr. Elizabeth Greene's excavation of the harbours of Burgaz in July and August 2013. Additional information about the award, including the application form for the 2014 award, is available here.

Our 45th anniversary celebration
On April 28, 2013 our society celebrated its 45th anniversary with dinner at Antipasto's in St Catharines, a silent auction, and stimulating talks on the theme of "Dining and Debauchery in the Ancient World" presented by two members of the Department of Classics:

  • Dr. Allison Glazebrook, "Sympotic Paideia: Sexual Ethics and the Greek Symposium"
  • Dr. Katharine T. von Stackelberg, "Dangerous Dining in Greece and Rome: Drunk, Disorderly, Debauched and...Dead?" (pictured above center)

In addition, 2012-2013 president Elizabeth S. Greene presented the year's Foot Soldier Award to our two student representatives on the executive, Jennesa Dyck and Stephanie Bergman (pictured above left), both very deserving for their help throughout the year.