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 2019
Sept. 20
Welcome Meeting. Introductions and summer research updates.

Sept. 27
An Introduction to the Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery's Latest Project -- The Origins of A Slave Society: Digitizing Flowerdew Hundred. Elizabeth Bollwerk, DAACS, Monticello.

Oct. 3
Special Event
New Fieldwork from Classical Olynthos (Greece): Towards an Archaeology of Identity. Lisa Nevett, University of Michigan. Joukowsky Lecture, sponsored by the Charlottesville Society of the Archaeological Institute of America. 5:30 p.m., 158 Campbell Hall.

Oct. 5
Special Event
Archaeology Open House at Monticello. 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Saturday, Woodland Pavilion at the Monticello Visitor's Center. For more information click here.

Abstract: Help celebrate Virginia Archaeology Month! Monticello's Archaeology Department hosts its annual open house, featuring displays, exhibits on recent discoveries in the field and the lab, walking tours of the vanished Monticello Plantation landscape, lightening-talks about current research, and an interactive dig for children. Archaeology staff members will be on hand to answer questions. Displays and exhibits are found in the Woodland Pavilion and the Visitors Center. Lightning talks will happen at 10:30am, 12:30pm, and 2:30pm. Walking Tours leave the Woodland Pavilion at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:00 pm.
Oct. 15
On the Move, In Place: Report on the First Seasons of the Bantu Mobility Project, Central Zambia, 2014-2018. Matthew Pawlowicz, Anthropology Program, School of World Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University.

Abstract: The Bantu Mobility Project is a multidisciplinary effort combining archaeology, historical linguistics, and paleoenvironmental studies to explore the Bantu Expansions, the extension of the hundreds of Bantu languages across central, eastern and southern Africa. The project focuses on the role of human agency in shaping the process of those expansions. We draw on the concepts of rootedness and mobility to consider how practices and ideas of movement and sedentariness would have informed, and in aggregate made up, the experience of the Bantu Expansions between the middle Kafue and middle Zambezi catchments, a crossroads for the diffusion of language and material culture in sub-Saharan Africa. This talk presents archaeological results from the preliminary field seasons, discussing the system of mounded settlements that developed in the Kafue floodplain and the broader patterns of mobility they anchored.
Nov. 22
Preliminary results of the 2019 campaign of the Kotroni Archaeological Survey Project (KASP) at Ancient Afidna. Anastasia Dakouri-Hild, McIntire Department of Art, University of Virginia.

Abstract: KASP is an international, interdisciplinary project that combines expertise across the Humanities, Sciences, and Social Sciences (Earth and Environmental Sciences, Archaeology, Classics, History, Anthropology, Architectural Preservation). It utilizes a combination of historical research, architectural study, digital applications, and conventional and innovative field techniques (collection of surface artifacts, GIS, remote sensing, photogrammetry, geophysics, geological and geomorphological analysis), to evaluate the complex, multi-temporal cultural landscape at hand. The paper examines the results of the first season, in particular geoarchaeology and intensive survey, discussing preliminary evidence about the nature of habitation diachronically around the citadel of Aphidna.
Past Semesters
For topics and speakers from past semesters, click here.