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. Plus there is free food and drink. 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 2018
Sept. 7
Organizational Meeting: Introductions, summer research updates, plans for the year.
Sept. 21
Houses for the Living, Houses for the Dead: Mortuary Feasts and Social Inequality at a Post-Collapse Andean Necropolis (AD 1000-1450). Erika Brant, Department of Anthropology, University of Virginia.

Abstract. The collapse of the highland state of Tiwanaku around AD 1000 was accompanied by a dramatic uprising against the ruling elite. Elite ancestor effigies placed in large open plazas were iconoclastically disfigured, while the Putuni Palace, home to Tiwanaku's ruling elite, was leveled. In the post-collapse period, Titicaca Basin people abandoned the symbols of Tiwanaku's authority. A 1500-year tradition of ritual architecture and craft goods disappeared, and ritual practice turned to the worship of ancestors placed in modest burial towers, or chullpas. Does such a transition in ritual architecture and the abandonment of state-affiliated material culture signal a reinvention or, conversely, a rejection of hierarchy in the post-collapse period? Excavations conducted at the post-collapse Colla necropolis of Sillustani revealed a series of kin-focused ritual compounds as well as a previously understudied domestic sector characterized by multiple elite houses. Ceramic, faunal and architectural findings indicate a more segmented, and possible situational, role of leadership during the Late Intermediate Period (AD 1000-1450).
Oct. 5
Power, Honor, and Violence in Mycenaean Greece: The Archaeology and the Images. Dr. Katherine M. Harrell.

Oct. 20
Special Event
Archaeology at Monticello: Open House. Location: The Woodland Pavilion at the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center, Monticello. Time: 10:00am to 4:00pm, Saturday, October 20, 2018.

Abstract. Monticello archaeologists host their annual Open House, as part of Virginia Archaeology Month. The Open House features exhibits on current research, including this summer's fieldwork at Site 6, an early-19th century domestic site that was home to enslaved field laborers. Walking tours to Site 6 leave the Woodland Pavilion at 11:00, 1:00, and 3:00.

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Nov. 2
TBA. Professors Kevin Daly and Stephanie Larson, Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Bucknell University.

Nov. 16
TBA. Dr. Matthew Reeves, Director of Archaeology and Landscape Restoration, Montpelier.

Dec. 12
TBA. Dr. Claire Weiss, McIntire Department of Art, University of Virginia. n.b. 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Past Semesters
For topics and speakers from past semesters, click here.