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.