Community Archaeology Day 2019

Please join us for our annual celebration of International Archaeology Day on Saturday, October 19 from 11am – 3pm to learn about artifacts, archaeological techniques, and lots of fun!

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International Archaeology Day 2017

International Archaeology Day
Saturday, October 14th, 2017, 11:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Come visit the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World in Rhode Island Hall. Faculty and students will be on hand to tour you through the building, as well as to show you artifacts and images, both from some of our current fieldwork (in the Caribbean, Egypt, Italy, Jordan, Turkey, and Rhode Island) and from the Institute’s collections. Located at Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Rhode Island Hall, 60 George Street.

Watch Brown undergraduates digging (yes, really digging!). This year, as part of ongoing work on Brown’s campus and in the surrounding neighborhoods of College Hill, students will be excavating at the nearby Moses Brown school. Stop by (with your family or on your own) any time between 11 am and 2 pm to see what we’re up to or try your hand at digging. All are welcome!
Moses Brown School, 250 Lloyd Avenue (Excavation at the corner of Hope Street and Lloyd Avenue)

Community Archaeology Day 2016

It is once again time for our local chapter’s annual celebration of Community Archaeology Day.
We will be celebrating this Saturday, October 22 from 11 am to 3 pm. Please join us in Rhode Island Hall, Brown University, to experience hands-on exhibits with human and animal bones, learn about Egyptian artifacts and underwater archaeology, and discover the fascinating history behind Rhode Island Hall.

You can also take part in a local excavation on Moses Brown campus on the corner of Hope St. and Lloyd Ave. as part of the Joukowsky Institute’s “The Archaeology of College Hill.”

See our Facebook event for more information. We hope to see you Saturday!

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!


 As part of our New Year’s resolutions we would like to invite all members of the Rhode Island Chapter of the AIA and archaeology enthusiasts to imagine a new, more inclusive, engaging and stronger Narragansett Society! We want to hear from all of you. Don’t hold back—we want your input, ideas, suggestions, complaints, and wishes. This is an opportunity for all the members of the society to have a say and mold the future of the organization, including aims and activities of the society according to their interests and needs.


Join our conversation series this January 2014. Tweet, comment on our blog, email us, post on our Facebook wall and be a part of the discussion!

We have devoted each week in January to a specific topic, but if there is something that you would like to share and it is not listed under any category below, please submit it so that we may include it in our conversation.

A new blog post at the end of each week in January will feature a summary, comments, and outcomes of the topic at hand.

So mark the dates:

1/1/2014-1/8/2014: EVENTS

This week we are talking about events and we ask you to tell us what events you would like the Narragansett Society to organize for its members and the Rhode Island community in general. These can be weekend activities, hands-on workshops, discussion forums, etc.—your call! We would also like feedback on the events we planned for you in 2013! Were you able to join us? Did you have the information you needed? Are we doing a good job publicizing our evenst? Give us advice!

One of the main annual events of the AIA is International Archaeology Day, so let us know if you joined us this year and share your experiences! Let us know if you have ideas and suggestions for the upcoming Archaeology Day in October 2014.


1/9/2014- 1/16/2014 SCHOOL OUTREACH

Most of us knew we wanted to be archaeologists from around the age of 9 so we like to stir enthusiasm for the past from a young age! How can we engage more with our local schools? How can we help them understand the value and the relevance of the past in our own lives? What activities would the school students enjoy? How can we work more closely with teachers and parents to introduce an experiential way of learning about the past? Students, parents, and teachers, let your voices be heard!


1/17/2014- 1/24/2014 LECTURE SERIES

Every year we are fortunate to host a series of lectures from renowned archaeologists sponsored by the AIA. Many of these lectures gravitate heavily in the archaeology of the Greco-Roman world. We want to know if you are interested in attending lectures about other geographic regions and time periods. Rhode Island is home to many academic institutions with archaeologists and anthropologists working all over the world and we are looking for ways to bring their work to our Rhode Island community;  so help us with your ideas, comments, suggestions to make this a reality. In addition, one  area  we feel is missing is more lectures on Rhode Island archaeology and if you have an  interest in local archaeology or work in this field, reach out and let us know how we can accommodate your interests and promote your work!



For the last couple of years the Narragansett Society has been run by postdoctoral fellows and graduates students in Archaeology at Brown University. While it is a pleasure and honor to serve at these positions we want to encourage colleagues from other institutions and interested parties to also be involved.

The society will benefit greatly from more stability that would allow for long-term planning and stronger ties to local societies, schools, and other cultural and educational institutions.

Graduate students, colleagues, and archaeology enthusiasts: we need your help to build a stronger society, so please join us in running the Narragansett Society! It is not very time-consuming, it is fun, it provides the opportunity to meet leading figures in the field, collaborate with a variety of institutions and work on your organization and communication skills!

International Archaeology Day and Young Archaeologists’ Day 2013 Recap

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This past Saturday, the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology & the Ancient World at Brown University opened its doors in celebration of International Archaeology Day.  AIA Narragansett organized a range of events and activities, including a stratigraphy station; an artifact lab featuring pottery, coins, glass, and figures; and a bone lab with human and animal skeletons. We also welcomed young archaeologists in grades 7-12 (and some much younger!) for Young Archaeologists’ Day. Outside, the Archaeology of College Hill class was excavating the home of Brown’s first president and accepting volunteers; we also set up an area where visitors could take part in reconstructing the footprint of ancient homes.  And of course, the Haffenreffer Museum also had a full day of events.

Here are some of our favorite photos from the day.


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Graduate students Alba and Lexi prepare the stratigraphy station-an essential first stop for understanding archaeology!

Artifact Lab

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Postdoctoral fellow and AIA Narragansett co-president Fotini shows pottery to a young archaeologist.
Graduate student Emily is preparing to handle some Ancient Egyptian figurines.


Bone Lab

Postdoctoral fellow and AIA Narragansett co-president Suzanne and undergraduate senior Simon show animal bones to visitors.
Graduate students Alyce and Fernando talk human osteology.

Archaeology of College Hill

Students and volunteers dig the Archaeology of College Hill!

Of course, none of the great activities above would have been possible without the help of our volunteers-who came from the departments in Archaeology, Anthropology, History of Art, Classics, and Egyptology and Ancient Western Asian Studies. If you attended and enjoyed the day and would like to be notified of future upcoming events, please consider supporting your local AIA chapter by joining the AIA and selecting “AIA Narragansett“.

Thanks for a great day everyone-hope to see you next year!


International Archaeology Day & Young Archaeologists’ Day is TOMORROW!

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Map by Ryan Cruise. 

Tomorrow’s events will take place in a variety of locations.

AIA Narragansett has planned a number of activities at the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World (Rhode Island Hall, left side of map). In addition, the institute has an “open house” that day, so in addition to our activities please feel free to check out the numerous display cases houses items from the Institute’s collection.

The events inside the building include:

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. (mezzanine; upstairs)
The Material Culture Lab: Meet our experts on coins and pottery and find out about daily life in the ancient world. (seminar room; downstairs)
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)

Events outside include:

College Hill excavation: Stop by Brown University’s search for the home of the first university President, from 10-4PM. (outdoors; quiet green)
Build an Ancient House: Help lay out floorplans of houses from different civilizations, from ancient Egypt to Greece and Rome. (outdoors; quiet green)

Public restrooms are located on the basement level and there is an elevator.

Our friends at the Haffenreffer Museum (right side of map) also have activities planned; for a full schedule of their events see here.

We look forward to seeing you there!