Spring Lecture Line-Up

Happy 2015 to all of our members! With the new year comes a new group of talks. We currently have two great lectures lined-up that we are very excited about:

February 26: “Women, Children and Families in the Military Communities of the Western Roman Empire” given by Elizabeth Greene, University of Western Ontario. 6:30 pm in Room 108, Rhode Island Hall, Brown University.

April 8: “Pelargikon and Peripatos:  The Archaeology of Cult on the Slopes of the Athenian Acropolis” given by Kevin Glowacki, Texas A&M University.  6 pm in 105 Ruane Center, Providence College campus **This lecture will be held at Providence College.

Please check here for more updates, including talk abstracts, and our facebook page, which has all of our events activities (and is updated very frequently).

AIA Lecture November 13 – Dr. Jean Turfa

Join us on Thursday November 13 at 6:30 PM for a talk by Etruscan archaeologist Dr. Jean Turfa titled “Top śar (10) Recent Breakthroughs in Etruscan Archaeology.” See Dr. Turfa’s abstract below for more information. Q&A and reception will follow.

Also, remember to follow AIA Narragansett Society on twitter and facebook for live updates on lectures and events! We hope to see you next week!




You may not yet know it, but real Etruscans wore plaid, had to accommodate women drivers, built high-speed sailing ships, and availed themselves of quite sophisticated plumbing. You may not know it, but you just might be Etruscan – or be unwittingly using inventions the Etruscans (via Roman culture) gave us, such as the “Latin” alphabet, “Roman” numerals, and gabled wooden houses. Ten recent discoveries show how much our own culture relies on the breakthroughs of Etruscan innovators of the first millennium BC, and just how avant-garde this culture really was.

Archaeology Day 2014

Location of AIA Archaeology Day activities on Brown University campus

It’s that time of the year again! As part of our local celebration of Archaeology Day, the AIA Narragansett and the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World will be hosting a wide array of events and activities this Saturday, October 25 in Rhode Island Hall, Brown University from 10 am to 2 pm.

Come learn about stratigraphy, Sardinian ceramics, Hellenistic coins, and Egyptian scarabs. You can even help out in the Joukowsky Institute College Hill excavations on the Quiet Green! All ages are welcome, so come by and join us in celebrating Archaeology Day. We hope to see you there!

Kess Lecture Thursday September 25

Please join us this Thursday, September 25 at 6:30 pm for the Kess Lecture by Yannis Galanakis titled “The Diplomat, the Dealer and the Digger: Writing the History of the Antiquities Trade in 19th Century Greece.”

The lecture will take place in 108 Rhode Island Hall, Brown University, with Q&A and reception to follow. We hope to see you there!

For more information on the lecture, please see: http://www.archaeological.org/events/16366

Into The Mani: Multidisciplinary Archaeological Research in Diros Bay, Mani Peninsula, Southern Greece

Our spring 2014 lecture took place last night and a great time was had by all.   Dr. William Parkinson spoke on new discoveries from the Alepotrypa Cave and the surrounding area of the Mani Peninsula in Greece. We had over 30 audience members and a lively round of questions at the end. If you missed the talk, you can view a live-tweeted version on Storify here.

It’s Finally Here – Our Spring Lecture!

On Thursday, April 17th, 6:30 PM, Dr. William Parkinson (Field Museum of Natural History) will deliver the public lecture, “Into The Mani: Multidisciplinary Archaeological Research in Diros Bay, Mani Peninsula, Southern Greece”. The lecture will be held at the List Art Building Room 110 on the Brown University campus.


Dr. Parkinson writes, “Situated on the western shore of the Mani Peninsula on the southern Greek mainland is a massive cave that several thousand years ago was the site of a substantial early agricultural village. Alepotrypa Cave (Fox Hole Cave) is nearly half a kilometer deep, contains a cathedral-like main chamber, various smaller chambers, and a large freshwater lake. The cave also preserves several meters of archaeological deposits that date to the Neolithic Period (7,500-5,000 years ago) suggesting that it was home to some of the earliest farmers in Europe. People also came from distant places throughout the Aegean to bury their dead inside the cave. The remains of pottery, animals, and humans located on the surface of the cave floor suggest that the cave entrance collapsed at the beginning of the Bronze Age and that some individuals were trapped inside. The cave, which is a veritable Neolithic Pompeii, was discovered in 1958, but it is not widely known outside of Greece.”


We look forward to seeing you there!