Events

Our SWTAS 2014-2015 Lecture Series is free and open to the general public. Most lectures are hosted by Trinity University, but occasionally we meet at other venues, as listed in the program notes below. Refer to the Find Us! page for locations maps. All lectures last approximately one hour, with a reception afterwards. A pre-lecture dinner is available with the speaker at 5:45pm. The lecture series is made possible by the Archaeological Institute of America, the Southwest Texas Archaeological Society, and the Department of Classical Studies, Trinity University, and sometimes UTSA and San Antonio College.
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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

7:30pm
Chapman Auditorium, Trinity University

Dr. Andrea Berlin, Boston University
AIA Lecturer: Kershaw Lectureship in Near Eastern Archaeology

A Tale of Two Peoples: Phoenicians and Jews in the Land Beyond the River

In 2010 we concluded six excavations at Tel Kedesh, the largest mound in Israel’s Upper Galilee. Our work has brought to light an enormous, and heretofore unknown, commerical and administrative building, first constructed in the later sixth century BCE and used for the next 350 years. During this time …

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March 19-22, 2015

Middle American Research Institute, Tulane University
New Orleans, Louisiana

12th Tulane Maya Symposium – Royal Chambers Unsealed: Tombs of the Classic Maya

This symposium will explore the significance the ancient Classic Maya placed on the death of their divine rulers, as well as the meaning they invested in their funerary architecture, building decoration, grave goods, burial texts, and mortuary rituals. The keynote talk  hosted at the New Orleans Museum of Art will be given by Dr. William Fash of Harvard University who will guide us through the rich and impenetrable funerary world of the Classic Maya. There is an associated exhibition Maya Ruins and the Passage of Time.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

7:30pm
Fiesta Room, Trinity University

Dr. Nick Card, University of the Highlands and Islands and the Director of the Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site

Secrets of Orkney’s Stone-Age Complex at the Ness of Brodgar and the Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site.

Off the northernmost tip of Scotland lies the Orkney Islands where it is said that if you scratch its surface Orkney bleeds archaeology! This is nowhere truer than in the Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site that is renown for some of the most iconic prehistoric monuments of Atlantic Europe: the great stone circles of the Ring of Brodgar and the Stones of Stenness; Maeshowe a massive chambered tomb…

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

7:30pm
Chapman Auditorium, Trinity University

Dr. Charles Brian Rose, University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania
AIA Lecturer: William A. McDonald Lectureship in Aegean Prehistory

Recent Fieldwork at Gordion, Royal City of Midas

Located approximately 100 km southwest of Ankara, Gordion was continually inhabited for nearly 4000 years and is one of the most important archaeological sites in the Near East. Its heyday was in the first half of the first millennium BCE when it was the royal capital of the powerful Iron Age kingdom known as Phrygia …

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