Past Events

"An Archaeology of the Bronze Age Senses: Tastes, Smells and Colors of New Finds from East Cretan Excavations"

Dr. Thomas M. Brogan (Director of the Institute for Aegean Prehistory Study Center)

February 7th, 2020

"1177 BC: The Year Civilization Collapsed"

Dr. Eric H. Cline (Professor of Classics, Anthropology, and History at George Washington University)

Friday, November 22nd, 2019

Making Egyptian Faience Workshop

Led by Dr. Flora Brooke Anthony

Co-Sponsored by Arts Alive SDSU, SDSU History, and the Archaeological Institute of America (San Diego Society)

You can see find the write up about the event here:

Report on 18Oct19 Faience Workshop.pdf

International Archaeology Day and Fall 2019 Opening Reception

To celebrate International Archaeology Day this October, the San Diego Society planned a reception and archaeological activity to take place before our opening fall lecture (Dr. Flora Brooke Anthony) on Friday, October 18th. For this event, the San Diego Society worked with the student organization for Classics and Humanities, Umanisti, on San Diego State University’s campus to create an event for our members and interested students, some of whom are already members of the San Diego Society and others who are not. The activities we planned included pottery reconstruction and excavation cookies. Earlier in the day, the San Diego Society also co-sponsored a workshop on making faience.

In preparation for the IAD event, on Thursday, October 17th students from Umanisti joined our society officer of Membership and Communication, Dr. Danielle Smotherman Bennett, to smash 4” terracotta pots and discuss how archaeologists reconstruct ancient pottery recovered from excavations. We discussed the importance of recognizing diagnostic pieces, bases and rims in the case of our pots, and how color can be misleading with archaeological objects. For ease at the reception, each broken pot was placed into a ziplock bag.

On Friday, October 18th, our reception was set up in the courtyard outside of the lecture hall. A line of tables was set up with the reception food at one end, excavation cookie station in the middle, and the reconstruction activity at the other end.

Our guest speaker mingled with our members, students from Umanisti, and other lecture guests and all were invited to select a pot to reconstruct. 10 people sat down to use the small containers of sand, glue, and painters tape we provided and received direction from our officers as to methodology. An additional 4 people took pots home with them to reconstruct at another time.

More of our older members watched the reconstruction activity participants, sometimes offering suggestions as to where a piece might join. Once a pot was complete (or drying), participants were able to use clear coat nail polish and a sharpie to add their own accession number. All participants took their objects home with them at the end of the evening.

While the pot reconstruction took place, other members enjoyed the excavation activity where they used toothpicks to remove the chocolate chips from cookies.

After the event, feedback was solicited from Umanisti. The club president reported that their members loved the activity and they would like to collaborate again on an activity like this. Many of the members of Umanisti now plan to attend our lectures regularly.

"The Greatest Sorcerer of Ancient Egypt and his Mysterious Funerary Figurines: The shabtis of Khamwaset"

Dr. Flora Brooke Anthony (Kennesaw State University)

Friday, October 18, 2019

Dr. Filomena Limão (Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Instituto de História da Arte at the Universidade Nova in Lisbon)

"Troia (Portugal) or the "Portugese Troy": A Myster in the Edge of the Roman Empire."

April 26th, 2019

Dr. Andrew McClellan, San Diego State University

"Dealing with Dead Bodies: Fact vs (Literary) Fiction"

Friday, March 1st, 2019

Dr. Danielle Smotherman Bennett, San Diego State University

"Will They Buy It? Athenian Vase-Painting as Targeted Advertising for Women"

Friday, November 30th, 2018

Dr. Lissette Jimenez, San Francisco State University

"The Sixth Sense: Multisensory Encounters with the Dead in Roman Egypt"

Friday, October 19, 2018

Dr. Anne Austin (University of Missouri, St. Louis)

“Reconstructing Health Care in the Distant Past --- Case Studies from New Kingdom Egypt (1550-1070 BCE)”

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

Dr. Goran Nikšić (City Archaeologist and Architect for City of Split in Croatia and the Senior Lecturer on architectural conservation at the University of Split)

AIA’s Charles Elliot Norton Lecture

"Diocletian’s Palace – Design and Construction"

Friday, October 19, 2017

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