University of Virginia: Archaeology Brown-Bag Workshop

Archaeology Brown-Bag Workshops provide an informal, interdisciplinary venue for presentations of work in progress by students, faculty, and visiting scholars, and for discussion of developments in the recent archaeological literature. Light refreshments are served. Workshops convene more-or-less tri-weekly on Fridays at 4:00-5:30 in the conference room on the second floor of Brooks Hall, unless otherwise noted below.

Want to volunteer a talk or discussion topic? Email Adria LaViolette, or Fraser Neiman.
Spring 2016 Schedule
Jan. 29
New Date!
Context and Connectivity: Rethinking Italic Architectural Terracottas (3rd-1st cent. BCE). Sophie Crawford Waters, Interdisciplinary Graduate Group in the Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World, University of Pennsylvania.

Feb. 26
Enslavement at Liberty Hall: Archaeology, History, and Silence at an 18th-Century College Campus and Ante-Bellum Slave Plantation in Virginia Don Gaylord, Research Archaeologist and Instructor of Anthropology, Washington and Lee University

Abstract. Liberty Hall Academy, the forerunner of Washington and Lee University, operated outside of Lexington, Virginia from 1782 until 1803. When fire consumed the institution's academic building, the school relocated a half-mile closer to town. Following the move, Andrew Alexander and Samuel McDowell Reid, wealthy local residents and trustees of the school, operated their family farms at the site. Alexander owned between twelve and twenty-four slaves, and on the eve of the American Civil War, Reid owned sixty-one slaves. For over half a century, enslaved people lived and worked in the buildings erected by Liberty Hall Academy, yet generations of archaeological and historical research here make scant reference to slavery. Based on recent excavations and further archival research, this paper seeks to remember John Anderson, an enslaved blacksmith, and his peers whose labor formed the foundation of the workforce at this plantation, which later owners called, ironically, Liberty Hall Farm.
March 18
Heritage Matters: An Archaeology of Northern Appalachia and the New Migration. Paul Shackel, Professor and Chair, Department of Anthropology, University of Maryland

March 29
Special Event
Archaeology of Monastic Communities in Late Antique Egypt. Darlene L. Brooks Hedstrom Professor of History; Department Chair; Director of Archaeology, Wittenberg University. Thursday, 5:30 pm, Campbell 160. Sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America Lecture Series.

April 7
Special Event
The Shape of Things Already Come: 3-D Imaging in a Late Roman Desert Settlement. Colleen Manassa Darnell, Associate Professor of Egyptology, Yale University. Thursday, 5:30 pm, Campbell 160. Sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America Lecture Series.

Workshop Schedule from Past Semesters
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