International Archaeology Day at the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology

In addition to all the events AIA Narragansett has planned for International Archaeology Day, our friends at the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology also have some great activities scheduled. They’re just a few buildings down from our events at the Joukowsky Institute (based in Rhode Island Hall), so we encourage you to make a day of it and visit the museum as well.  Check individual events for time and location, beginning at 10AM on International Archaeology Day, Saturday, October 19, 2013. For more information on International Archaeology Day itself, please visit the AIA website.

New Perspectives on the Pueblo Revolt of 1680
When & Where: 10AM, List Arts Center, room 120  / 64 College Street

The Pueblo Revolt era was a transformative period in the history of the American Southwest. Political alliances, population movements and warfare took place on a scale never before seen as Pueblo Indian peoples joined together to resist the Spanish empire.  Join the Haffenreffer Museum’s director, Robert Preucel, as he discusses recent archaeological research that is shedding new light on the complex social dynamics of this period.  Significantly, this research is being conducted with the participation of the Pueblo communities themselves.

Digital Magic in Ancient Egypt
When & Where: 11:30 AM, Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology / 21 Prospect Street

Watch as Jen Thum, an Egyptologist and graduate student at the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, performs Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) on an Old Kingdom limestone relief. RTI is a method of photographic analysis that allows us to see minute features on an object through changes in vectors of light. RTI works by capturing data from a series of pictures with different lighting situations, and combining them in a viewing software (provided by Cultural Heritage Imaging). When photos of an object are inputted into this software, the user can move the light around–as if shining a flashlight anywhere he or she wants on the object–in order to see details of depth, surface texture, and even layers of paint. For a video showing this process with a Medieval manuscript, see here ( The relief block Jen is examining is badly damaged, but figures of men carrying goods, as well as some text, can already be seen here and there with the naked eye.

Curator’s Tour of “The Spririt of the Thing Given”
When & Where: 1:00 PM, Haffereffer Museum of Anthropology

“The Spirit of the Thing Given” celebrates the many gifts of Dwight B. Heath, emeritus professor of anthropology, and his wife, Anna Cooper-Heath, to the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology over the course of more than half a century.  Describing themselves more as hunters and gatherers of the material world than as “collectors,” the Heaths have added collections to the museum that reflect their lifetime of research together, document their passion for museums, celebrate their joy in the presence of things, and reveal their diligent pursuit of pieces that add depth and breadth to the Museum’s holdings.  Bringing together pieces from Bolivia, Mexico, Costa Rica, Africa, and elsewhere, “The Spirit of the Thing Given” examines the ways in which collections are built and used in the university museum, the research and projects through which they are generated, and the ways those legacies – material and intellectual – serve the University and the community as sources of inspiration for generations to come.  Curator Thierry Gentis will lead a tour of this exhibit.


“‘Go Tell the Spartans…’ War and the Warrior in Ancient Greece, ca. 800-450 BC”

Our first lecture of the year took place last night and a great time was had by all.  Professor Andrew Stewart lectured on the representation of war and the warrior in Greek art during the archaic period. We had over 40 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.


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Join us for International Archaeology Day on October 19th!


The International Archaeology Day events are free and open to the public. We are also inviting young archaeologists in grades 7-12 to participate in Young Archaeologists’ Day.


Indoors at the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, Brown University and outside on the Quiet Green (behind the Institute-for directions, click here).


Saturday, 19th October, from 10AM-2PM (indoor events) and 10AM-4PM (College Hill excavation)


As part of International Archaeology Day, the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World at Brown University will be having an “Open Day”. Visit this historic building and view a number of interesting small exhibits from their  collections.

AIA Narragansett has organized several activities throughout the building, including:

Welcome Area: Information and light refreshments (main foyer)
The Bone Lab: Experts will be on hand to show specimens and talk about how we answer complex archaeological questions using human and animal remains. (seminar room)
The Material Culture Lab: Meet our experts on coins and pottery and find out about daily life in the ancient world. (mezzanine)
Young Archaeologists’ Day: Young archaeologists grades 7-12 are invited to join us for lunch from 12-2 to find out more about archaeology and how they can get involved. (common room)
Build an Ancient House: Help lay out floorplans of houses from different civilizations, from ancient Egypt to Greece and Rome. (outdoors; quiet green)
College Hill excavation: Stop by Brown University’s search for the home of the first university President, from 10-4PM. (outdoors; quiet green)

Don’t forget to stop by the Haffenreffer Museum, who also have a great range of activities planned.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Have questions? Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at or on Twitter: @NarragansettAIA.

Field Dirt and the William F. Church Memorial Lecture

Here at AIA Narragansett we’ve just heard of two interesting events that are free and open to the public that we would like to share.

On Wednesday, 11 September 2013Field Dirt: Insider Stories and Results from Brown’s 2013 Archaeological Field Seasons will feature talks by Susan E. Alcock, Sheila Bonde, John F. Cherry, Omur Harmansah, Felipe Rojas, Andrew Scherer, and Peter van Dommelen on their archaeological fieldwork this summer in Jordan, France, Montserrat, Turkey, Mexico, and Italy.

On Tuesday, 24 September 2013,  the 34th William F. Church Memorial Lecture will take place at the Salomon Center on the Brown University campus in room 001.

John Brewer (Eli and Edye Broad Professor in Humanities and Social Sciences, California Institute of Technology) will give a talk entitled “Vesuvius and Pompeii: travel, tourism, science and the imagination in the early nineteenth century”. A small reception will follow the lecture.

We hope to see you there!

Announcing the Fall 2013 Norton Lecture!

Stewart 2013

Please join us on 3 OCTOBER 2013 for the lecture “‘Go tell the Spartans . . .’ Representing War and the Warrior in Ancient Greece (ca. 800-450 BC)”.

TIME: 6:30 pm

VENUE: Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World (Rhode Island Hall, Brown University)

We’ll be hearing from Andrew Stewart, who is Professor of Ancient Mediterranean Art and Archaeology in the Departments of History of Art and Classics, Nicholas C. Petris Professor of Greek Studies, and Curator of Mediterranean Archaeology at the Hearst Museum of Anthropology at the University of California at Berkeley.

Dr. Stewart says, “This lecture explores some aspects of the representation of war and warriors in archaic and early classical Greece (ca. 800-450 B.C.). I begin by introducing the Greek warrior ethic, then discuss the phalanx and its representations, and then move to the popular but puzzling figure of the solitary hoplite. Since archaic Greek warfare was a mass affair where formation and discipline counted for everything, the solitary hoplite is both an anomaly and an anachronism. Or is he? Next, I address the ever-present specter of death and the warrior’s code of honor, with a side-glance at his memorialization in funerary sculpture. Finally, I turn to the Persian Wars (490-479) and the battle imagery generated in response to them.”


Further Reading:

Dover, K. 1978, 1989. Greek Homosexuality. Cambridge, Mass.

Hanson, V.D. 1989. The Western Way of War: Infantry Battle in Classical Greece. New York.

Hanson, V.D. (ed.). 1991. Hoplites. The Classical Greek Battle Experience. New York.

Hornblower, S., and A. Spawforth. 2012. The Oxford Classical Dictionary 4  “Hoplites”, “Phalanx”, and “Warfare, Greek.”

Lendon, J.E. 2005. Soldiers and Ghosts. A History of Battle in Classical Antiquity. New Haven.

Pomeroy, S. B., Burstein, S., Donlan, W., and J.T. Roberts. 2004. A Brief History of Ancient Greece. Oxford. Pp. 36-137.

Stewart, A. 1996. Art, Desire, and the Body in Ancient Greece. Cambridge. Pp. 86-97.

Wees, H. van. 2004. Greek Warfare: Myths and Realities. London.