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.
Fall 2015 Schedule
Sept. 4
Organizational Meeting to welcome the new members of our community, introduce ourselves and our areas of interest, and discuss potential Brown Bags for the year.

Sept. 30
Special Event
A Sicilian Greek Agora. Malcolm Bell III, Professor Emeritus, McIntire Department of Art, University of Virginia. Wednesday, 5:30 pm, Campbell 158. Reception following in Fayerweather Hall. Sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America Lecture Series.

Oct. 9
Special Event
Foundations of Andean State Formation. Charles Stanish, Professor, Department of Anthropology, UCLA, and Director, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology. Friday, 1:00 pm, Brooks Hall Conference Room. Reception following in Brooks Hall. Sponsored by the Department of Anthropology Speakers Series.

Oct. 16
“Little necessaries or comforts”: Enslaved Laborers’ Access to Markets in the Anglophone Caribbean. Lynsey Bates, Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery, Monticello.

Oct. 30
Tattooed Princes and Smoking Ancestors: African Refigurings of Nineteenth-Century Mobile, Alabama. Neil Norman, Department of Anthropology, College of William and Mary.

Nov. 8
Special Event
Stars sparkling on the waters: The Temple of Baal 'Addir/Poseidon at Motya and the History of the Mediterranean Lorenzo Nigro, Associated Professor of Near Eastern Archaeology and Coordinator of the Oriental Section, Department of Sciences of Antiquities at the Rome "La Sapienza" University. Sunday, 5:30 pm, Campbell 160.Sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America Lecture Series.

Nov. 20
Frontier Foodways: Inter-Cultural Interactions and Ethnic Identity at 12th and 13th-Dynasty Egyptian Fortresses in Nubia. Jacqueline Huwyler, Department of Anthropology, University of Virginia. Friday, 4:00 pm, Fayerweather 215.

Dec. 4
Identity, mobility, and childhood origins of African abductees at the end of the transatlantic slave trade: a strontium isotopic perspective. Judy Watson, Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher, Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Bristol.

ABSTRACT. St Helena Island, in the South Atlantic Ocean, received around 26,000 enslaved Africans between 1840 and 1872 as a consequence of being the location of one of several British Vice Admiralty Courts set up for the adjudication of illegal slaving vessels captured by the Royal Navy. Most of the liberated Africans were relocated to the British Caribbean, but approximately 7,400 died on the island. The remains of over 325 liberated Africans were excavated in 2008, and since 2012 the site has been a focus of several PhD projects under the EUROTAST research network. This presentation will give an overview of the site and the work done so far, and discuss in more detail the work done to advance our understanding of the geographic and cultural origins of these individuals, including strontium isotopic analysis.
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
For topics and speakers from past semesters, click here.