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 2015-2016 schedule 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 2015-2016
Lectures are generally held in Academic South 215 and begin at 3:00 p.m. (exceptions noted below). An interactive campus map can be found at the bottom of this webpage (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, metered parking in front of the Schmon Tower and outside Academic South (click here for more information on visitor parking).

Sunday, September 20
Peter Biehl (SUNY Buffalo, Department of Anthropology)

Climate and Culture Change in Neolithic Anatolia: The Effects of the 8.2k cal BP climatic event in Çatalhöyük (abstract)

Friday, October 2 
(at 5:30 p.m.) - Lobban Lecture 

Susan Kane (Oberlin College, Art Department)
Libya’s Cultural Heritage Under Threat (abstract)
**Please join us at 5:00 for a reception outside AS 215 and after the lecture for a potluck supper in the Department of Classics

Sunday, November 15
Seth Bernard (University of Toronto, Department of Classics)

Buildings and Builders in Mid-Republican Rome (abstract)

Sunday, November 29

Maria Liston (University of Waterloo, Department of Anthropology)

Barbarians at the Gates: Victims and Perpetrators of the Herulian Sack of Athens, AD 267 (abstract)

Sunday, January 17

Tristan Carter (McMaster University, Department of Anthropology)

The Stélida Naxos Archaeological Project: Early Humans in the Aegean (abstract)

Sunday, February 28 (in AS 203)
 - Oliver Lecture
Bridget Buxton (University of Rhode Island, Department of History)
Rome’s Game of Thrones: the Archaeology of the Augustan Succession (abstract)

Sunday, March 20

Katharine T. von Stackelberg (Brock University, Department of Classics)
Classical Ruins in Delaware: The Roman garden of Louise du Pont Crowninshield (abstract)


Contact us
Katharine von Stackelberg, President

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

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

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Celebrating International Archaeology Day (October 17, 2015)
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 underdergraduate 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 displays at the St Catharines Farmers' Market and a hands-on discussion of artifacts in Brock's Cypriote Museum with visiting AIA lecturer Dr. Ellen Herscher (University of Pennsylvania's Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology) in 2011. Brock has a long tradition of Cypriote archaeology; several lectures have been held to recognize the univeristy's assocation 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 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 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 this past summer. 

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 and
Dr. Katharine T. von Stackelberg.