Upcoming Lecture: Bucolic Architecture: Hellenic Pastoral Temples in the Peloponnese

AIA Central Arizona Society April Lecture

Title: Bucolic Architecture: Hellenic Pastoral Temples in the Peloponnese

Speaker: Sara Franck, Ph.D.

When and Where: Thursday, April 27, 2017, 6pm, ASU Tempe Campus, Coor Hall Room L1-10

The role of small Hellenistic extra-urban temples has been overlooked in favor of larger and more easily accessible temples within the city or predominant sanctuary.  The Peloponnese is rich in such modest rural temples, all exhibiting architectural similarities which point to, not only a specific architectural style in this region, but a multi-functional role of these small temples for the city and surrounding landscape. They were critical in bolstering civic identity, social cohesion and territorial integrity among a diverse constituency, and were vital to the formation of major cities seeking to establish and legitimize their political position.

Sara graduated from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities in the Fall of 2014, spending four years on fellowship in Greece at the American School of Classical Studies during her graduate career.  Her focus is in ancient Greek architecture archaeology with a secondary focus in East Indian art and a Masters in Geographic Information Science. She has excavated at the sites of Ancient Messene and Ancient Corinth in the Peloponnese of Greece, and spent 1999-2006 serving as field supervisor working on the reconstruction of the heroon, a small commemorative monument at Ancient Messene. She also participated in developing a digital installation for visitor use of sites information ranging from Mycenean to Frankish periods for the Pyrgos Museum in Greece. Sara has worked with a small team assisting the Minneapolis Police Department using a program originally designed for reassembling pottery to aid the police in a murder investigation requiring the reassembly of a pane of glass.  She is currently working on an article regarding how rural temples related to ethnos and identity of the communities alongside their phases of construction activity, as well as collaborating with two colleagues on a catalog of Peloponnesian temples from Archaic-Roman periods, and a project with the 7th Ephorate of Greece for the in-depth documentation and study of the Perivolia Temple.

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Upcoming Lecture: ISIS and Crowdsourcing Cyber Archaeology

Title: Crowdsourced Monitoring of Damage to Archaeological Sites in Conflict Zones: The TerraWatchers – ASOR Cultural Heritage Initiative Collaboration.

Speaker: Stephen H. Savage, Arizona State University

When and Where: Thursday, March 23, 6pm, ASU Tempe Campus, Coor Hall Room L1-10

The deliberate looting and destruction of archaeological sites and museum objects by ISIS has been widely reported by western media, and widely condemned by political leaders and academics.  The world watched in sorrow as the Temple of Bel at Palmyra was blown up two years ago; before that, we witnessed the deliberate destruction of priceless materials from the Mosul Museum.  Widespread looting of ancient sites has flooded the illegal antiquities market with objects whose sale helps fund ISIS and other groups. While the West has mostly focused on these and other acts of deliberate destruction, the collateral damage to archaeological sites caused by military activity in the region has generally gone unnoticed or under-reported.  The American Schools of Oriental Research created their Cultural Heritage Initiative with funding from the U.S. Department of State in order to monitor damage to sites caused by these activities.  But the job is so big, with so many sites to examine, that ASOR could not do it without help. A crowdsourced solution to the monitoring problem was required, and the TerraWatchers web platform provided a solution.  With the assistance of a Catalyst grant from the Office of the President of the University of California system, TerraWatchers is working with the Center for Cyber-Archaeology & Sustainability, at Qualcomm Institute, University of California, San Diego to train and supervise students from UCSD, UC Berkeley, UC Merced, and UCLA to monitor nearly 11,000 sites in Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq.  The results of the TerraWatchers mission are reported back to ASOR and the State Department, and through them, to international law enforcement agencies.  This presentation will explore some of the results of our ongoing efforts.

Stephen H. Savage has worked in the Near East for nearly 40 years, including fieldwork in Jordan, Israel and Egypt.  He received his Ph.D. in Anthropology/Archaeology from Arizona State University (ASU) in 1995.  At ASU, he was an Affiliated Professor in the School of Human Evolution & Social Change, IT Manager for the Archaeological Research Institute and a Scientific Software Engineer for the Institute for Humanities Research.  He develops large-scale archaeological and GIS database applications for a variety of platforms, including the Digital Archaeological Atlas of the Holy Land, the Aegean Digital Archaeological Atlas, and the Mediterranean Archaeological Network. He is the author of the TerraWatchers web platform for crowdsourced satellite image analysis.  He has conducted workshops in the United States, Jordan, Greece and Norway.  His research interests include early complex societies in the Near East and North Africa, the Levantine Bronze Age, Predynastic and Archaic Egypt, mortuary analysis, spatial analysis, GIS and remote sensing, and database development and design.  In addition to numerous contributions to edited volumes, he has published in American Antiquity, the Journal of Archaeological Science, the Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research, the Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology, Radiocarbon, the Journal of Archaeological Research, the Journal of Anthropological Archaeology and the Annual of the Department of Antiquities of Jordan.  Recently retired from Arizona State University, he is currently a Research Associate in the Department of Anthropology, University of California, San Diego, and an Affiliated Investigator at the Center for Cyber-Archaeology & Sustainability, Qualcomm Institute, University of California, San Diego, and a Senior Fellow at the Capitol Archaeological Institute, George Washington University.

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Upcoming Lecture: A Tale of Two Sunken Harbor Cities: The Harbors of Athens and Corinth

AIA Central Arizona Society February Lecture

Title: A Tale of Two Sunken Harbor Cities: The Harbors of Athens and Corinth

Speaker: Bjørn Lovén, Saxo Institute at the University of Copenhagen

When and Where: Thursday, February 23, 2017, 6pm, Benedictine University Community Room, Mesa Campus, 225 E Main St, Mesa AZ.

Free and Open to the Public

Professor Bjørn Lovén is a Research Associate with the Saxo Institute at the University of Copenhagen and he holds his degrees from the University of London (Ph.D.) and Aarhus University.  His areas of specialty are the archaeology of ancient harbors and submerged sites: he is director of the Zea Harbour Project at ancient Piraeus in Greece, co-director of the Lechaion Harbour Project in Corinth, Greece, and has done extensive fieldwork at underwater and harbor sites around the Mediterranean.  Professor Lovén is an AIA Kress Lecturer for 2016/2017.

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Upcoming Lecture: Reconstructing the Lupanar: Form, Design, and Operation of Pompeii’s Purpose-Built Brothel

AIA Central Arizona Society November Lecture

Title: Reconstructing the Lupanar: Form, Design, and Operation of Pompeii’s Purpose-Built Brothel

Speaker: Michel Zajac

When: Thursday, November 3, 2016, 6pm

Where: ASU West Campus, Lecture Hall, Room 110

Despite being the only universally-recognized building for prostitution from the ancient Roman world, the purpose-built brothel (lupanar) of Pompeii remains a misunderstood structure.  Modern research has painted an incomplete picture of the edifice, with nearly all emphasis being assigned to its sexually-explicit aspects while its other details are ignored.  This is especially true in regard to its rarely-seen second floor, a segment that has almost no scholastic record of study.  Through a careful examination of the remaining physical and archaeological evidence, this talk shall reconstruct the lupanar as an economic enterprise embedded in a larger urban fabric, generating a more comprehensive illustration of this thus-far unique construction.

Michel “Mike” Zajac is an independent scholar who has taught at Arizona State University and throughout the Maricopa Community College system since 2009. He holds a B.I.S. degree in Art History and Psychology (summa cum laude) and an M.A. in Art History, both from ASU.  He conducted his graduate fieldwork at Pompeii, and has worked as a researcher and excavator for six seasons at the Greco-Roman site of Marion / Arsinoe in Cyprus.  He is the former Secretary of the Archaeological Institute of America’s Central Arizona Society.
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Upcoming Lecture: The Goddess of Wine: Sex, Politics, and Intoxication in Early Etruria

AIA Central Arizona Society October Lecture

Title: The Goddess of Wine: Sex, Politics and Intoxication in Early Etruria

Speaker:Antony Tuck, University of Massachusetts Amherst

When: October 27, 2016, 6pm

Where: Pueblo Grande Museum, Community Room. 4619 E Washington St, Phoenix, AZ 85034

Few regions of the world are as closely associated with wine as is Tuscany. It’s tradition of viticulture extends back thousands of years to the time of the Etruscans. And within those earliest Italian cities, wine was employed as a vital political instrument, an essential facet of the complex social and religious tapestry of Etruscan life. Archaeological excavation at the site of Poggio Civitate offers a window onto the customs and beliefs associated with wine within this enigmatic population of early Italy. Not only does paleobotanical evidence point to the practice of viticulture at the site, the equipment associated with wine consumption reveals the faceted and nuanced way in which wine and intoxication was linked to the Etruscan fertility divinity, Uni. This associated between wine and fertility represents one of the central ways in which aristocratic behavior at the site sought to define and perpetuate its relationship to this essential Etruscan sovereignty divinity.

Anthony Tuck is Associate Professor in the Department of Classics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Director of Excavations at Poggio Civitate. He is the recipient of Umass’s Outstanding Teacher Award in 2015 ad the author of several publications regarding his dig, including Vinum: Poggio Civitate and the Goddess of Wine (Montreal 2015).

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Upcoming Lecture: Agatha Christie and Archaeology

AIA Central Arizona Society September Lecture

Title: Agatha Christie and Archaeology

Speaker: Irene Bald Romano, University of Arizona

When: September 22, 2016, 6pm

Where: Benedictine University, Community Room, Mesa Campus, 225 E Main St, Mesa, AZ

Dr. Irene Bald Romano brings to life Agatha Christie’s archaeological experiences and the cast of archaeological characters that inspired some of her fictional characters. Married to archaeologist Max Mallowan, Agatha Christie worked alongside her husband at famous Near Eastern sites such as Ur (where they first met and which inspired Murder in Mesopotamia, 1936), Nineveh, and Nimrud, places that have recently been in the news as targets of destruction by ISIS. Dr. Romano will present a glimpse of these sites as they were in the days of Mallowan and Christie and their current sad state.

Archaeologist Irene Bald Romano holds a joint appointment as Professor of Art History in the School of Art and Professor of Anthropology in the School of Anthropology at the University of Arizona. She also has affiliated appointment in the Department of Classics and in the Religious Studies Program, and is the Curator of Mediterranean Archaeology at the Arizona State Museum of the University of Arizona.

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