Spring 2018
Feb. 2
The Vital Dead: Making Meaning, Identity, and Community through Cemeteries. Alison Bell, Department of Anthropology, Washington and Lee University, and Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.

Abstract. In the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and well beyond, profound changes are underway in cemeteries: grave markers are still etched with images of bibles and flowers, but motorcycles, monsters, cats, and footballs are also appearing. Inscriptions ("Gone Hunting for the Lord" or "Had a Good Ride") and objects lefts on grave sites — bird feeders, whirligigs, letters to the deceased — echo this florescence. The Vital Dead, a book VFH fellow Alison Bell is writing under contract with the University of Tennessee Press, interprets these movements largely as a struggle against alienation, with people weaving loved ones into social webs that transcend the grave. The dead are vital both because they’re often imagined as cognizant, lithe, and accessible (if invisible), and also because they’re central to the creation of identity and community among the living. Because these sites of memorialization allow the visible championing of particular cultural values, they are also windows into historic as well as contemporary claims and counterclaims to visions of the future. Bell, who teaches anthropology at Washington & Lee University, will provide an overview of the book manuscript generally, and then specifically discuss case studies of African American burying grounds in the Valley.
March 23
Archaeological Excavations in Monticello's First Kitchen. Beatrix Arendt and Crystal Ptacek, Archaeology Department, Monticello.

Abstract. From about 1770 to 1809, when it was buried under three feet of fill, the basement room in Monticello's South Pavilion served as the mansion's first kitchen. Recent excavations in this space have produced exciting new discoveries about its layout and use, including the remains of a stew stove that was almost certainly used by enslaved chef James Hemings after four years of culinary training in Paris. We describe our findings and the ways in which they are advancing our understanding of the changing landscape of slavery at Monticello.
April 6
Ranching, Rendering, Hunting, and Hides: A Zooarchaeology of Colonialism. Barnet Pavao-Zuckerman, Department of Anthropology, University of Maryland.

April 24
Special Event
Religion and landscape in the Minoan and Recent Past. Evangelos Kyriakidis, Senior Lecturer, University of Kent. Sponsored by The Charlottesville Chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America. 5:30 pm. Campbell 153 in the Architecture School Building (free parking available at nearby Culbreth Garage).

April 27
Archaeological Sites as Contested Landscapes: A case-study from Central Turkey Sevil Baltali, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at Istanbul Technical University.

Abstract. Archaeological ‘sites’ are often integral elements of everyday performance, imagination, history, memory, temporality and identity of local people living near them. They are part of the local people’s landscape in a platial sense imbued with multiple meanings. For the local communities living near the archaeological excavations at Kerkenes (central Turkey), the presence of mostly “foreign” archaeologists, their “scientific” praxis, the knowledge they produce and the findings from non-Muslim periods have triggered the reflexive re-evaluation of the significance of the place’s past, together with renewed engagement with the activity of counter-narrative and memory production. These engagements with the past become part of the process of present place and identity making, triggered by the archaeological project. The local community’s questioning perception of the “foreign” archaeologists, and their critical engagement with archaeologists’ scientific representations of the past, lead to conflicting political tension with their own more embodied and relational memory and experience of the place, turning the archaeological site into a contested landscape for the local struggle of representation.
Fall 2017
Sept. 1
Organization Meeting. Introductions and summer research updates.

Sept. 22
The Most Discouraged Mycenaeans: Performing Emotion and Death Through Gesture in Late Bronze Age Tanagra, Greece. Dr. Anastasia Dakouri-Hild. McIntyre Department of Art, Assistant Professor, Aegean and Near Eastern Archaeology.

Oct. 13
The Archaeology of Indentured Labor in Nineteenth-Century Mauritius. Julia Haines, Department of Anthropology, University of Virginia.

Oct. 18-21
Special Event
Universities, Slavery, Public Memory, and the Built Landscape. This three-day conference at UVA will highlight current research and memorialization projects that draw on documentary, architectural and archaeological evidence. A preliminary program can be found here.

Oct. 27
Special Event
The Phoenix Factor in Community Archaeology, NW Tanzania: Disease, Revitalization, and Heritage for the Future. Peter R. Schmidt, Department of Anthropology and Center for African Studies, University of Florida. Department of Anthropology Proseminar, 1:00 p.m., with reception following.

Abstract. If there is a common thread that weaves together different yet successful genres of community archaeology, it is an understanding by community members of archaeological principles and the capacity of archaeology to impact identity and historical representations. Communities without prior comprehension of archaeology or heritage research require the development of trust and reciprocal relationships as well as patient mentoring and exposure to the practices of archaeology. Heritage initiatives taken by communities in NW Tanzania built on four decades of familiarity with archaeology: first as hosts, participants, and interlocutors in archaeological and heritage research; then as archaeological supervisors in regional research, and as consumers and proponents of the power of archaeology to valorize local history; and finally as advocates of heritage and archaeological initiatives that built on these prior experiences. This background set the scene for a flowering of interest in reclaiming and revitalizing heritage sites and intangible heritage, leading to locally developed and managed projects designed to create enhanced economic and cultural well-being in a society devastated by HIV/AIDS over the last three decades.
Nov. 17
Negative Archaeology and Political Violence in the Syrian Civil War. Fiona Greenland, Department of Sociology, University of Virginia.

Dec. 1
The Porticus Eumachiae in the Forum of Pompeii. Valerio Dario, McIntire Department of Art, Program in Mediterranean Art and Archaeology.

Spring 2017
Jan. 27
Late Holocene Resource Exploitation and Settlement in the Velondriake Marine Protected Area, Southwest Madagascar. Kristina G. Douglass, Buck Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Anthropology, National Museum of Natural History.

Feb. 24
The Facade of Frontages at Ostia. Claire Weiss, McIntire Department of Art, University of Virginia.

Abstract. Ostia presents one of the largest areas of exposed ruins in Italy, making available an extensive, contiguous expanse of Roman urban construction. The city is often lumped together with Pompeii and Herculaneum as one of the handful of well-preserved Roman cities to which scholarship has returned time and again as a source of incomparably complete data. This is a misperception. The example set by the Vesuvian cities, their appearance very similar to that at the moment of their destruction in A.D. 79, has distorted the conceptualization of, approach to, and resulting discussion surrounding Ostia. This paper presents the results of a city-wide frontage and street survey conducted at Ostia in 2014 and 2016, proposing an identification of the portions of the streets that have been disturbed and re-laid, as well as the portions of the streets and sidewalks that are preserved in their original aspect. Without accounting for the degree of reconstruction, conclusions about urban activity at Ostia will remain as fanciful as the structures on which they are based.
March 17
Special Event
American Death, and Being. Shannon Lee Dawdy, Associate Professor of Anthropology and of Social Sciences, University of Chicago. Sponsored by the Department of Anthroplogy, Proseminar Series, and the Interdisciplinary Program in Archaeology. 1:00 p.m., Brooks Hall, 2nd Floor Conference Room. Reception to follow in the Brooks Hall Commons.

AbstractIn the U.S. today, death practices are changing rapidly and creatively. Not only did the cremation rate double between 2000 and 2015, but there has been a proliferation of new things to do with ashes – incorporating them into artificial reefs, making them into synthetic diamonds, or blending them into vinyl records. What do these new styles of death tell us about U.S. cosmology and values? What is the status of the subject/object divide in daily life? What is a ‘person’ before and after death? What does the secular afterlife look like? Using ethnographic interviews with funeral directors, death midwives, and object designers collected as part of a documentary film product, I will attempt to outline what a populist American theory of being might be. In so doing, I argue against some of the current trends in the anthropology of ontology.
March 31
Burial, Landscape, and Memory in Early Iron Age Kavousi, Crete.Leslie Preston Day, Professor of Classics Emerita, Wabash College. Location: Room 215, Fayerweather Hall.

April 7
Special Event
Connected Communities: Undocumented Migration and Material Practices in the West Mediterranean. Peter Van Dommelen, Joukowsky Family Professor of Archaeology and Professor of Anthropology, Brown University. Sponsored by the Department of Anthroplogy, Proseminar Series, and the Interdisciplinary Program in Archaeology. 1:00 p.m., Brooks Hall, 2nd Floor Conference Room. Reception to follow in the Brooks Hall Commons.

Abstract. Migration has long been a major topic in archaeology and as long as culture history has framed archaeological understandings of material culture and past societies, migrations have been seen as the stuff that (pre)history was made of. With the advent of the New, Processual and Post-Processual archaeologies, archaeological explanations and theoretical interests have shied away from migration, but a lack of interest among contemporary archaeologists does not mean that people in the past did not migrate. Migration was in all likelihood as common, recurrent and widespread a phenomenon in the ancient and distant past as it is today—it has indeed been argued that migration is arguably a fundamental part of being human. As new scientific techniques like DNA, isotope analyses and other biometric approaches have become available, migration has come back on the archaeological agenda, and there is widespread interest in tracing and tracking migration. Scientific evidence that certain individuals actually moved from A to B does not necessarily improve our archaeological understanding of migration as a process, however, and it is precisely this question that I intend to tackle in this lecture. Using prehistoric, Classical and recent archaeological and ethnographic evidence from around the West Mediterranean, I intend to take a fresh look at past migration. In doing so, it is not so much my aim to find ‘hard evidence’ for specific migratory movements but rather to examine the contexts and consequences of migration for both migrant and host societies.
April 7
Craftsmanship in the Prehistoric Aegean:Investigating Technological Questions. Nikolas Papadimitriou, Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens Center for Hellenic Studies, Harvard University. Location: Room 215, Fayerweather Hall

Abstract Since the birth of Greek archaeology, Aegean artworks of the Bronze Age have been the subject of admiration for their high aesthetics and skilled craftsmanship. Scholars have examined in detail questions of style, establishing stages of evolution, identifying relations with the art of other regions, and proposing possible interpretations for everything from Cycladic figurines to Mycenaean frescoes. By contrast, the technology of Bronze Age artefacts has been less systematically studied, as a rule on the basis of macroscopic observations in the margin of broader stylistic studies. This talk will present the results of two ongoing research projects that focus on the technology of a) Early Cycladic figurines and b) Mycenaean gold jewelry. Discussion will begin with the analytical methodology employed in the investigation of manufacturing processes, stages of production, decorative techniques, and tools used. This will be followed by examples of experimental reconstructions made to test assumptions and provide comparative material for study. In conclusion, the wider implications of the findings for craft organization, movement of artists, and the question of technological transfer in the 3rd and 2nd millennia BC will be discussed.
April 28
Recent archaeological research in Cahokia's West Plaza. Davide Domenici, Department of History and Cultures, University of Bologna.

Abstract This talk present the results of a recent archaeological project, organized jointly by the University of Bologna (Italy) and Washington University in St. Louis (US) located in the so-called Merrell Tract. The tract is an area within one of the four plazas which defined the epicenter of the Mississippian city of Cahokia, in Illinois. The excavation, expanding an area investigated in 1960 during a salvage archeological project, brought to light evidence of human occupation dating from pre-Cahokian, Emergent Mississippian times (10th century AD) to the Late Mississippian Moorehead and Sand Prairie phases (14th century), thus spanning the entire Cahokian sequence. The recovered evidence witnesses changing settlement dynamics that reflect the whole trajectory of Cahokia's history, from its birth to ultimate demise.
Fall 2016
Sept. 2
Organizational Meeting. Updates on summer research and planning for this year's talks.

Sept. 9
Byzantine Buildings and Legacy Archaeology in Ottoman Istanbul: Sculptural Appropriation at the Kalenderhane Camii and Kariye Camii. Sarah Tyler Brooks, Associate Professor, School of Art, Design & History, James Madison University.

Oct. 7
A Reconsideration of Variation in Colonoware Ceramics from Virginia and South Carolina. Elizabeth Bollwerk and Leslie Cooper, DAACS, Monticello.

Oct. 21
Figured Capitals and Roman Archaeology: Where, When and Why. Amanda Sharp, Classical Archaeology, University of Oxford.

Oct. 28
Understanding the Colonial Process through Changing Foodways in Bronze and Iron Age Sardinia. Susan Palazzo, Department of Anthropology, University of Virginia.

Porcelain & Power: The Archaeological Landscape of Coffee, Ritual, and Status in Rural Cyprus. Justin Mann, Program in Classical Art and Archaeology, University of Virginia.

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.

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.

Spring 2015 Schedule
Jan. 23
Rejection or Reinvention: Rethinking social hierarchy in the post-collapse Colla polity (AD 1000-1450) of southern Peru. Erika Brant, University of Virginia Department of Anthropology.

Abstract. The collapse of the highland state of Tiwanaku, around AD1000, was accompanied by a dramatic uprising against the ruling class. Elite ancestor effigies placed in large open plazas were iconoclastically disfigured, while the Putuni Palace, home to Tiwanaku’s ruling dynasty, was leveled. In the post-collapse period, Titicaca basin peoples abandoned the symbols of Tiwanaku’s authority. A 1000-year tradition of ritual architecture and craft goods disappeared, while ritual practice turned to the worship of ancestors placed in modest burial towers, or chullpas. Does such a transition in ritual architecture and the rejection 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 and pilgrimage center of Sillustani revealed a series of kin-focused ritual compounds as well as a previously understudied domestic sector characterized by multiple elite houses. Such findings suggest a more heterarchical, and possibly situational, role for leadership during the Late Intermediate Period (AD1000-1450). Additionally, mortuary rituals appear to have been decentralized rites that strengthened the interests of various kin-groups while simultaneously thwarting the reemergence of centralized authority in the post-collapse period.
Jan. 30
Special Event
"Sex Pots of Ancient Peru: Are they Relevant?” Joan Gero, Associate Professor Emerita, Department of Anthropology, American University. Sponsored by the Department of Anthropology Speaker Series.Please note the special time: Friday, January 30, 1:00 p.m.

Feb. 13
Obligation, Burden, and Sacrifice among the Classic Maya. Dr. Andrew Scherer, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Archaeology, Brown University.

Abstract. Conquest era Spanish chronicles utilized human sacrifice as proof of the depravity of the Maya and other indigenous peoples of Mesoamerica. Ancient sacrifice continues to serve as evidence of the "otherness" of the Maya; employed to thrill tourists or to suggest that violence is inherent to the people of Mexico and Central America. Classic period (AD 350-900) Maya human sacrifice was expressed in three general forms - offerings of the self, the defeated, and precious youths - as demonstrated in recent archaeological and bioarchaeological work in the kingdoms of Piedras Negras, Yaxchilan, and El Zotz. Comparison with the iconographic and epigraphic evidence indicates the practice is best understood within a framework of obligation and burden where pain and bodily violence were used to mediate relations between human actors, their ancestors, and supernatural beings (some of whom were quite capricious). Consideration of comparable acts of violence in other societies helps demystify Maya sacrifice.
March 30
Special Event
Tales of the City: Archaeology, Empire and the Muslim Conquest of North Africa Corisande Fenwick. Department of Archaeology, University of Leicester. Please note the special day and time and place: Monday, March 30, 5:00 p.m., Monroe 130. Sponsored by the "Connective Cultures" Committee.

April 13
TJ's Birthday Party!!
Boundaries and Networks in the 19th-Century Bras d'Eau Sugar Estate, Mauritius. Julia Haines, Department of Anthropology, UVA.

Esnesv Stories: Muskogee Oral Traditions, "Trader-Diplomats," and Sacred Landscapes. Lee Bloch, Department of Anthropology, UVA.

Please note the special day and time: Monday, April 13, 5:00 p.m.
April 24
The Micromorphology of Community Continuity and Discontinuity at an Israeli Neolithic site. Harris Greenberg, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Archaeology, Boston University.

May 1
In Search of Peasant Communities in Late Byzantine Greece (13th -15th c.). Dr. Fotini Kondyli, Assistant Professor, McIntyre Department of Art.

Fall 2014 Schedule
Sept. 12
Predatory Commerce and Economic Disaster: A Cautionary Tale from the 17th-Century Indian Ocean Economy. Chapurukha Kusimba, Professor and Chair, Department of Anthropology, American University.

Abstract My presentation will model and demonstrate the negative effects of commercial deregulation on global economies using data on the Indian Ocean economy over the past 500 years. I will present a "trading system" model to show how predatory behaviors and agents are selected in a deregulatory climate. These agents work to further reduce regulation while simultaneously intensifying short-term maximization, leading to long-term collapse and disaster for small-scale economies. This change is a departure from traditional network-centric organizations common in ethnic trading groups that emphasize self-regulation and self-limiting behaviors as survival strategies. I use archival, archaeological and archaeometric data, to show that in the long run, deregulation of the macro-economy in the 17th-century Indian Ocean proved disastrous for Asia and Africa.
Oct. 11
Special Event
First-Ever University of Virginia Archaeology Fair. Campbell Hall, Ruffin Hall, an the Fralin Museum, 11:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. For more information, click here.

Oct. 17
Black- and Red-figure Pottery from the Sanctuary of the Nymphs in Athens Renee Gondek, Visiting Scholar, George Washington University. Adjunct Faculty, University of Virginia

Located on the southern side of the Acropolis in Athens, the sanctuary of the Nymphe was a shrine established for the cult of a single Nymph whom some scholars believe was the personification of the Athenian bride. Finds from this sanctuary range from specialized nuptial vessels known as loutrophoroi, some of the oldest ever discovered, to perfume and oil vessels. Since the dates of these votive objects range from the seventh century BCE to the third, it is clear that the shrine had an important place in the Athenian religious sphere. Interestingly, along with its nuptial associations, the sanctuary may have had an additional chthonic aspect as well. Such an interpretation is based on a fourth century stele dedicated to Zeus Meilichios and showing the image of a snake. Ironically meaning "the gentle" or "the gracious one," Zeus Meilichios in the fifth century was Zeus in his underworld aspect.This presentation will investigate the black- and red-figure loutrophoroi discovered at this shrine. In addition to exploring the marital iconography on these vessels, we will also discuss the connection of marriage and death in Ancient Athens and examine fragments from the sanctuary that display Charon, the ferryman of the dead.
Oct. 17 and 18
Special Event
Monticello Archaeology Open House In celebation of Virginia Archaeology Month, join the staff of Monticello's archaeology department for updates on their latest research, including walking tours of the the vanished Monticello Plantation landscape. The Woodland Pavilion at the Monticello Visitor's Center, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. For more information, click here.

Oct. 31
The Language Ghost: Linguistic Heritage among the Monacan People of Central Virginia. Karenne Wood, University of Virginia Department of Anthropology and Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.

Nov. 7
Special Event
The “dirty” material and symbolic work of “state” building in central Madagascar: A Powerful icon/index potentially lost to view among enticing, exotic symbols Susan Kus. Department of Anthropology and Sociology, Rhodes College. Sponsored by the Department of Anthropology Speaker Series.Please note the special time: Friday, Nov. 7, 1:00 p.m.

Abstract The Malagasy poet, patriot and politician, Rabemananjara, wrote: “the virtue of the earth ceaselessly penetrates individuals as daily they walk the land with naked feet” (1970:56). “Earth” is and was a powerful icon/index of Malagasy identity and resistance to both indigenous and external exploitation and colonization. The term ny tany sy ny fanjakana (“the land and the rule”) is the traditional designation for the “state” in Madagascar. I propose to examine the material, linguistic and conceptual attempts, in propaganda and (landscape) projects, to co-join the icon/index of “land” and the symbol of “rule” to meet the needs of one sovereign to reunite and reshape the polity of Imerina (central highlands of Madagascar), and to subsequently envision an expansionist polity. “Land” and “landscape” played not only a powerful role in the crafting of the Merina expansionist polity of the late century, but also in the physical and “visible” imposition of French colonial authority (with political 18th complicity on the part of some elite members of the earlier indigenous expansionist polity) at the end of the 19th century. “States” can beguile us with their material propaganda. The power of the indigenous concrete icon-index of a pinch or a handful of dirt, of “land”, can get lost among brazen symbols of monumental proportion and bedazzling rare and exotic trappings of elite consumption. Nevertheless, “the land” intimately experienced and (be)labored with poetic and philosophical tropes in a society of primary orality, when it was “disarticulated” from “the rule” (ny fanjakana), served to incite and “ground” Malagasy resistance, for more than 60 years, to both corrupt indigenous “rule” and externally imposed colonial presence on the “the land” (ny tany). The examination of indigenous political concepts, when possible for archaeologists, helps call into question facile accession to abstract (and reified) vocabulary associated with “states”. The Malagasy example discussed in this talk contributes to the argument that (1) the co-optation of local icons, indexes and symbols is essential to “state” propaganda when the “constellation of power” is still nascent, (2) however such co-optation is neither facile nor straightforward, and (3) in some cases co- opted symbols can be re-appropriated for critique and resistance at the local level.
Dec. 2
A Landing Place for a New Country: BRIC Excavations at Aapravasi Ghat, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mauritius: Heritage, Indentured Laborers, and Slaves. Dr. Diego Calaon, Marie Sklodowoska-Curie Fellow, IOF, Department of Anthropology, Stanford University and DAIS, Dept. Environmental Sciences, Informatics and Statistics, University Ca'Foscari, Venice. Please note the special day and time: Tuesday, Dec. 2, 4:00 p.m.

Abstract. The Aapravasi Ghat World Heritage Site represents the remains of the Immigration Depot built in Port-Louis, Mauritius, in 1849. The site was chosen by the British Government for the "Great Experiment," aimed at replacing slaves with a new form of labour. It holds strong shared memories associated with almost half a million indentured laborers moving mostly from India to Mauritius to work on plantations or to be transshipped to other parts of the world.

Between 2010-13 an archaeological excavation was carried out in a warehouse beside the site, where the new Beekrumsing Ramlallah Interpretation Centre on the Indenture Labour System (BRIC) has been established. In the 19th century, the warehouse was located near the hospital block and the immigrants' sheds of the depot. The site was connected with a landing place for immigrants, as shown in maps dated 1857, and with a "Patent Slip" (marine runway for hauling up ships and repairing them).

The excavation uncovered a series of harbour infrastructures dating from the mid-18th to second half of the 19th century. The area was initially equipped with a dock, the first French marina of the city, subsequently transformed into a ship slip and furnished with a motorized winch. In the 1860s the site was partially abandoned and used as a dump. The slipway was located behind the old hospital block and most likely the people who worked there disposed of their waste in the empty area. Many ceramic finds could be interpreted as medicinal containers, pharmaceutical bottles and ointment pots. Glass remains were invariably concluded to be small flasks such as chemical and druggist bottles. Among the metal finds, portions of scissors, usually one half, were recovered, and probably functioned as medical tools.

The western (French or British) / south-eastern (Indian and African) ratio among the ceramic objects uncovered is remarkable. Only 1% of the ceramic assemblage can be assigned to eastern (or Indian) production. Unsurprisingly, 99% of the artefacts refer to European productions, and to objects used by British officers and sailors. These data, in term of representation, do not fit the anticipated demographic, with thousands of immigrants and few Europeans. The reason for this skewed picture is clear: immigrants were in transit, and carried few material objects.

According to the archaeological data, it is possible to rewrite the history of the harbour area as an industrial and commercial zone. Docks, slipways, embankments, warehouses, hospital blocks, kitchens, privies, officers' areas and labourers' sheds were part of the same port and landing infrastructure. From this viewpoint the labourers were only perceived as one of the numerous western or eastern type of 'goods' traded in the harbour area.

The excavation's interpretation and narration stimulated an interesting debate around the way in which the archaeological narrative should be presented in the future interpretation centre. The centre, strongly desired and funded by the government, was designed as an "Indian" place for shared memory of the immigration period. The archaeological evidence, on the contrary, positioned the material indicators within a broader perspective, intensely connected with the previous slave trade and the colonial economy of the island. The site evidences an important opportunity to evaluate the complexity of negotiation processes around the "negative" memory of slavery and forced migration to Mauritius. The material memory of the Diaspora is obviously deeply connected to identity-making processes of the country. Through an archaeological perspective and the need to preserve memory, the artefacts are transformed into relics of a "positive" past, grounding the identity of present-day Mauritius.

Spring 2014 Schedule
Feb. 21
Scales of production and exchange for Afro Caribbean wares from slave villages on Nevis and St Kitts. Fraser D. Neiman, Archaeology Department, Monticello and Departments of Anthropology and Architectural History, UVA. Originally scheduled for the Feb 14, but postponed because of snowmaggedon.

Abstract. My goal in this paper is to show how the statistical analysis of compositional data, derived from INAA, can advance our understanding of scales of production and exchange for Afro-Caribbean ceramics during the eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries on Nevis and St Kitts. I use classical and newly developed multivariate methods to explore and evaluate the compositional distinctiveness of sherds recovered from recent STP surveys. Assemblages from two Nevis plantations are compositionally distinctive, a result compatible with low levels of specialization and limited movement of pots among villages within the island. Making further progress requires more and larger samples, data sharing, and serious engagement by historical archaeologists in quantitative data analysis.
Feb. 28
Mapping Homer's Catalogue of Ships using GIS. Jenny Clay, Courtney Evans, and Ben Jasnow, Department of Classics, UVA. This talk will be held in Fayerweather Hall, Room 215.

Abstract This paper proposes original theories on Homer's use of landscape and travel routes in the Catalogue of Ships, while offering viewers a chance to preview the digital gazetteer being produced in conjunction with our project. Our research team is composed of Jenny Strauss Clay, who created the project, Courtney Evans and Ben Jasnow of the Department of Classics at the University of Virginia, as well as a number of partners from the Scholars' Lab at the University of Virginia. (For a full list of collaborators, please visit http://ships.lib.virginia.edu/ and click on "Credits.")
April 11
The Early 16th-Century European Artifact Assemblage from the Glass Site (Georgia) & An Exploratory Comparative Analysis of Related Regional Collections. Dennis Blanton, Department of Anthropology, James Madison University.

Abstract. The Glass Site in south-central Georgia is a small, late prehistoric community that has yielded unusually robust evidence of Native-Spanish interaction during the first half of the sixteenth century. Results of investigations carried out since 2006 will be reviewed first, including the argument the Glass Site represents the location of a direct encounter between Native people and the entrada of Hernando de Soto. The balance of the presentation will summarize implications of an analysis of the site's European assemblage based on comparison with assemblages of similar age elsewhere in the Southeast, focusing on possible explanations of observed similarities and differences.
April 25
Recent work at Hacimusalar Höyük: Early Bronze Age Architecture and Society. Elizabeth Baughan, Department of Classical Studies, University of Richmond.

Abstract. Bilkent University's excavations at Hac?musalar Höyük in southwestern Turkey have uncovered thousands of years of occupation history, from the Early Bronze Age through the Late Byzantine era. This presentation will offer a survey of the most significant results of the last five seasons, with special focus on the Early Bronze Age, when two closely superimposed building levels were both destroyed (and thus preserved) by intense fire. Fallen wall chunks and in situ architectural features shed new light on construction methods and urban design (with evidence for terracing and continuity from one phase to the next), while finds recovered from the burnt floors can help us understand the cultural affinities and social lives of the inhabitants.
Fall 2013 Schedule
Nov. 15
Phytoliths as Social Proxies at Songo Mnara: a microbotanical approach to reconstructing hinterland environments in southern Tanzania since AD 1300 Jack Stoetzel, Department of Anthropology, University of Virginia.

Abstract This presentation represents a first attempt at reconstructing the relationship between residents of a Swahili stonetown and the ecologies they inhabited. The research is set at Songo Mnara, a formerly urban community located on an island off the southern coast of Tanzania. Material evidence demonstrates that, between AD 1300 and 1600, residents of Songo Mnara built extensive permanent domestic and religious structures, engaged in the Indian Ocean commercial system, and demonstrated a cosmopolitan worldview shared between Swahili settlements across the East African Coastline (Fleisher & Wynne-Jones 2012; LaViolette 2008). Researchers at Songo Mnara situate the social, economic, religious, and domestic activities undertaken at Songo Mnara within the overarching compendium of Swahili archaeology; however, attention to material residues largely excludes a diachronic appreciation of environmental conditions from the discussion of social action. Following advances in Historical Ecology (Balée 2006; R. McIntosh 2005), I propose that researchers consider Songo Mnara as a community engaged in an ongoing relationship with local bio-physical conditions. The dialectic relationship presents itself at Songo Mnara in situations including the construction and maintenance of lime-laden stone structures, the creation of an export economy predicated on cotton cloth and mangrove poles, local subsistence agriculture, and consumption of woodfuel. In each instance, social decisions impact ecologies while simultaneously being influenced by the bio-physical conditions. Phytoliths represent a class of ecofact able to capture such interaction. Phytoliths from contexts adjacent to the archaeological site provide the evidence necessary to reconstruct a diachronic view of the socio-ecologic dialectic at Songo Mnara.
Dec. 6
A Well Trodden Path: Taking The Next Step With Pompeian Sidewalk Data. Claire Weiss, Program in Classical Art & Archaeology, McIntire Department of Art, University of Virginia.

Abstract Claire will be presenting data from her MA research and is especially interested in discussing and exploring some new approaches to them. Snacks and sodas will be provided.
Spring 2013 Schedule
Feb. 7
Special Event
Weaving as Worship: Reconstructing Ritual at the Etruscan Site of Poggio Colla (Vicchio). Gretchen Meyers, Franklin and Marshall College. 6:30 p.m. 160 Campbell Hall. Sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America, Charlottesville Society.
Feb. 15 Contextualizing the Domestic Sphere in Roman Africa. Karim Mata, Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago.
Feb. 19
Special Event
"The landscape cannot be said to be really perfect": A Comparative Investigation of Plantation Spatial Organization on Two British Colonial Sugar Estates. Lynsey Bates, Department of Anthropology University of Pennsylvania and DAACS, Department of Archaeology, Monticello. 12:00 noon. Berkeley Room, Jefferson Library, 1048 Thomas Jefferson Parkway (on the right, just past Monticello). Directions are here.
Feb. 27
Special Event
The Terrace Houses at Ephesos. Dr. Hilke Thür, Institut für Kulturgeschichte der Antike, Vienna. 5:30 p.m. 153 Campbell Hall. Sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America, Charlottesville Society, the American Friends of Turkey and the McIntire Department of Art.
March 5 A Dragon Kiln in the Americas: 19th-Century Innovations in Edgefield, South Carolina. Christopher C. Fennell, Department of Anthropology, University of Illinois.

Abstract The first innovation and development of alkaline-glazed stoneware pottery in America occurred in Edgefield, South Carolina, in the early 1800s. These potteries employed enslaved and free African Americans, and stoneware forms also show evidence of likely African cultural influence on stylistic designs. The first Edgefield kiln, built circa 1815, also appears to have been based on the up-hill, dragon kiln design utilized successfully for centuries in southeast China. Edgefield thus represents "a crossroads of clay" where the influences of Asia, Africa, and Europe were combined. This presentation reviews kiln designs over time in Asia and Edgefield, and methods for examining the cultural landscape of pottery production sites and residential districts of free and enslaved laborers in these South Carolina pottery communities. Approaches including LiDAR and remote sensing offer promising strategies for effective reconnaissance and analysis. More information on the project is available at http://www.histarch.uiuc.edu/Edgefield/.
March 22
Human Ecodynamics: Long-Term Trends of Vulnerability and Resilience in Socio-Ecosystems of French Polynesia Jennifer Kahn, Department of Anthropology, College of William and Mary. N.B.: 4:30 p.m. , Second Floor Conference Room, Brooks Hall.

Abstract In this talk I will examine two islands in Eastern Polynesia and cultural responses to ecosystem change which led to radically transformed landscapes and emergent sociopolitical formations (known as chiefdoms). Using a comparative approach, I will discuss recent archaeological and paleo-ecological research on socio-ecosystems of Mo'orea, and Maupiti. These islands exhibit critical contrasts in island geology and age, geomorphology, size, climate and marine resources and vary significantly in their degree of socio-political hierarchy and integration. Applying the concept of islands as model systems, my project seeks to understand both the vulnerability of island ecosystems and their resilience to long-term human interactions with the landscape. I will present new archaeological and paleoecological data to outline the available resources at Polynesian settlement, and how these were transformed through time due to Polynesian subsistence activities and socio-political systems. The long-term goal is to understand how dynamic interactions between island populations and island environments allowed some Polynesian cultures to develop substantial resilience, and led others into states of high instability and vulnerability
April 8
Special Event
Recutting Portraits of Roman Emperors: Problems in Interpretation and the Use of New Technology in Finding Possible Solutions. Professor John Pollini, University of Southern California. 5:30 p.m. 160 Campbell Hall. Sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America, Charlottesville Society.
April 16 Becoming Farmers and Herders: The First Ancient DNA Evidence for the Origins of Southern Africa's Domestic Cattle. K. Ann Horsburgh, Research Fellow, Department of Anatomy, University of Otago, New Zealand.
April 26 Heating Roman Baths at Ostia. Ismini Miliaresis, Department of Art History, Program in Classical Art and Archaeology, University of Virginia.

Fall 2012 Schedule
Sept. 21 Dacians and Romans: Areas of Operation and Influence.Dan Weiss, Department of Art History, Program in Classical Art and Archaeology, University of Virginia.

Abstract. In AD 106, immediately following the Roman success in the Dacian Wars, several strongholds were established in the new province which is roughly the area of modern Transylvania. The research reported here extends the study of Roman Dacia beyond its borders. I examine the systems of interconnection in a region that straddles the Roman border in an effort to determine the nature and range of communication and the patterns thereof as well as determining the level of porosity of the limes in northwestern Dacia. In the absence of written accounts and epigraphy, a topographical examination, combined with the material record, is the best way to determine the nature of provincial response to the Roman occupation. The material record tells us what was exchanged between the two entities, but the topographical model provides a more refined idea concerning the origins and quantities of goods and how the Romans and the provincials interacted on a quotidian, rather than general, level.
Oct. 5
Towards a Historical Archaeology of Reformation and Reform in the South Pacific James L. Flexner, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Washington and Lee University.

Abstract. The Protestant Reformation had wide-reaching effects, not only in religious life, but across all aspects of Western cultural experience. As Weber argued over a century ago, these events would be instrumental in shaping the "spirit of capitalism", and arguably these same ideas would shape the various reform movements of the 19th century, which were often an integral part of Protestant charitable works. Historical archaeology has a unique role to play in exploring these dynamics, by examining the material detritus left over by modern projects of reform. While still in its early stages, recent archaeological research on the earliest Presbyterian missions to the New Hebrides (now Vanuatu) hints at the potential of such an approach, by examining the ways that both missionary and indigenous lives were transformed in the Pacific Islands context. The primacy of material and spatial relationships in the interactions of missionaries and Melanesians is expressed in the archaeological record of mission sites. Comparing this material with other places of reform in Hawaii and New Zealand, a historical archaeology of reform derived from Reformation ideologies might be used beneficially to understand the underlying motivations of colonial pursuits, the material expression of these motivations, and the ways that such projects were experienced on a local scale.
Nov. 2
Producer Models in Swift Creek Paddle Art Karen Y. Smith, Curator of Archaeological Collections, Monticello, and Vernon J. Knight, Department of Anthropology, University of Alabama.

Abstract. The Swift Creek tradition, which flourished in the first millenium A.D. across a broad area centered on what is today Georgia, is famous for its intricately decorated paddle-stamped ceramics. This paper reconstructs the procedural sequences ("producer models") behind early Swift Creek designs. It highlights the importance of guide points, guidelines, and reduplication to the final product, as well as the hierarchal nature of the production sequence. The producer models offer an avenue for researchers to begin to make objective inferences about the relationships among designs separated in time and space. We begin to examine these relationships by comparing procedural similarities in some early, middle, and late Swift Creek designs and by discovering creative departures within certain design families are marked by a strong spatial component.
A Swift Creek Complcated Stamped bowl from the Leake Site, Cartersville, Georgia.
Nov. 30 Consuming Bacon and Theorizing Thrift: A Reading of Early 19th-Century Rural Virginians' Indifference to Conspicuous Display Alison Bell, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Washington and Lee University.

Abstract. Models of costly signaling fall short in explicating practices salient during the late 18th and early 19th-century among Virginia's "middling," including tenant farmers, overseers, farm managers and their families. Although one front of my research has illustrated this point on a substantive level, only recently have compelling theoretical underpinnings for middling Virginians' lack of conspicuous consumption come into view. This presentation draws on the work of several anthropologists and particularly Daniel Miller's theorizing of thrift as sacrifice: a process - involving not the delay but the refutation of consumption - through which agents imagined and constituted "the house," ancestral line, or heirs as transcendent entities. This relationship to materiality casts doubt on assumptions that, even in a time and place as proximate as turn-of-the-19th-century Virginia, the socio-economically middling conceptualized persons as individuals striving to exhibit hidden qualities through the consumption of costly objects. To understand local constructions of personhood, this paper summarizes documentary research on hundreds of middling Virginians and then follows the archaeological/archival lead of Monticello farm manager Edmund Bacon (c. 1802-1866) for finer-grained insight, ultimately suggesting that relationships among things and people - nexuses of labor, kin, livestock, and land - rather than ambitious individualism were constitutive of "the person."

Spring 2011 Schedule
Feb. 17 Art, Archaeology, and Advanced Technology: the Case of the Alexander Mosaic in Pompeii.John Dobbins and Ethan Gruber, Department of Art History, University of Virginia.
March 3 Who Sweeps Here? Site Maintenance and Cultural Tradition in Historic Contexts Sara Bon-Harper, Archaeology Department, Monticello.
March 15
Special Event
Argilos: A Geeek Colony in Tracian Territory Jacques Y. Perreault. Department of Classical Studies, University of Montreal. Sponsored by The Archaeological Institute of America's Charlottesville Society. Note time and place: 5:30 p.m., Campbell Hall, Room 160.
March 17
Special Event
The Jeffersons at Shadwell. Susan Kern, Department of History, College of William and Mary. Note the time and place: 5:00 p.m. at the Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center, Monticello, Route 53, Charlottesville VA. For more information click here
March 24
Special Event
Comparative Approaches to Interpreting Archaeological Data from the Cabrits Garrison, Dominica, Zach Beier, Department of Anthropology, Syracuse University and DAACS Fellow, International Center for Jefferson Studies. Note the time and place: 12:00 pm in the Berkeley Room of the Jefferson Library, Kenwood, Route 53, Charlottesville, VA.

Abstract. Historical archaeologies of the African Diaspora in Caribbean colonial history have focused predominately on the economic, social and cultural aspects of the plantation system, while the military sites integral to the defense of the Caribbean plantocracy have received far less attention. This paper explores how the everyday lives of non-Europeans and Europeans intersected at the Cabrits Garrison on the island of Dominica in the eastern Caribbean. Using datasets collected from eighteenth and nineteenth century residential quarters occupied by the British military including enslaved laborers and soldiers of African descent I demonstrate how interactions within military fortifications were critical in the development of new forms of colonial identities during a period of continuous military conflict and economic volatility across the Atlantic World. Intra-site comparisons and analytical approaches to reconstructing occupational histories are described along with inter-site comparisons made possible through cooperation with the Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery.
March 24 Predynastic Egyptian Houses and Households in Relation to Urbanism. Beth Hart, Department of Anthropology, University of Virginia.
April 7 How can INAA, STPs, and post-Walrasian Economics Help Us Understand Historical Dynamics of Market Participation by Slaves on Nevis? Fraser Neiman, Archaeology Department, Monticello.
April 14 Multiscalar Archaeology and Institutional Enclaves in a Hawaiian Leprosy Village James L. Flexner, Washington and Lee University.

Abstract.The question of scale is an important aspect of spatial analysis in archaeology. In this talk, I will explore some of the ramifications of scale for understanding social dynamics in Hawaii's earliest experiment with a total institution. In 1866, the Hawaiian Kingdom passed An Act to Prevent the Spread of Leprosy. Included in the act was a provision for the establishment of a quarantine settlement for people diagnosed with the disease on Kalaupapa peninsula, Moloka‘i. In the archaeology of the 19th century leprosarium, different scales of analysis represent aspects of the place that appear more institutional while others reflect patterns more typical of post-contact village life in the islands. I interpret this not as a simple methodological issue, but as a reflection of the tensions between planning and physical reality in modern institutional spaces, as well as the incomplete, conflicted nature of long-term colonial encounters.
April 21 Analyze This: Ceramic Production in Late Bronze Age Thebes, Greece. Anastasia Dakouri-Hild, Department of Art History, University of Virginia.
Spring 2010 Schedule
March 22 The earliest stages in Rapa Nui's (Easter Island) Polynesian Settlement: Hanga 'Anakena re-interpreted using a geo-archaeological, chronological and landscape approach. Dr. Simon Bickler, Clough and Associates Ltd., and Instructor, Department of Anthropology, University of Virginia.

Abstract. This seminar describes one aspect of work in progress within the late Roger Green's research programme in the construction of scenarios for the early developments in Polynesian religious structures within Eastern Polynesian. The focus in this seminar is Rapa Nui or Easter Island. In our view what is missing for Rapa Nui is documentation bearing on the earlier colonisation portion of its cultural historical sequence. To capture and date this interval requires the application of Bayesian methods in the interpretation of multiple sets of radiocarbon determinations documenting the colonisation process for all of southeastern Polynesia. That starts with the Mangareva/Pitcairn/Henderson two-way zone of intense interaction that began during an interval before cal. AD 1000. In our model an initial landfall is deemed to have occurred sometime before cal. AD 1100, rather than during the century after AD 1200 along the lines proposed in the model by Terry Hunt and Carl Lipo in several recent publications beginning in 2006. The chronological refinements to interpreting a database of around 100 14C determinations having a conventional radiocarbon age (CRA) of 500 years or more. The radiocarbon dates are combined with a re-evaluation of the stratigraphy of excavations in Anakena to create a coherent framework for continual change in the landscape of the island from its initial occupation through to the 13th to 14th century AD. In this period the erection of the first ahu platforms associated with anthropomorphic statues also start to document developments within the island's religious structures. Thus various earlier and simpler forms among ahu platforms first occur along most coastal zones on the island between cal. AD 1280-1415.

For Hunt and Lipo's piece in Science click here.
April 12 Artifacts versus Ecofacts: Redefining Material Culture in the Ancient Mediterranean Carrie Murray, Visiting Research Scholar, Department of Art History, University of Virginia.
April 22 Evolution or Devolution?: Searching for Chiefs in the Archaeological "Dark Ages" of Polynesian Prehistory. Erika Brant and Rebecca Schumann, Department of Anthropology, University of Virginia. Note: Thursday at 2:00 p.m.

Abstract.Polynesia has always had chiefs. At least this has long been the consensus amongst scholars of Polynesian prehistory and one reason why anthropologists and archaeologists, particularly those working under neo-evolutionary paradigms, often turn to the literature on Polynesian societies to demonstrate what exactly is meant by the term "chiefdom." Yet, the archaeological record is more equivocal regarding the role of chiefs in Polynesia's prehistory. The spread of finely decorated Lapita pottery during the initial settling of the region indicates chiefly individuals may have arrived with colonizing populations. However, Lapita pottery disappears at around 700 B.C. and it is not until approximately A.D. 1000, with the construction of monumental stone complexes and intensification of agricultural production, that there is once again compelling evidence for the existence of a chiefly class. Material correlates of chiefly power are absent from roughly 1700 years of Polynesian's chronology - a period which includes the Ancestral Polynesian Period and the archaeological "Dark Ages." Such a dearth of evidence must at least partially stem from the fact that archaeological research has tended to focus on periods characterized by monumental architecture and for which ethnographic data is readily available. Being as such, our current understanding of Polynesian prehistory has privileged, and been uncritically shaped by, the last 500 years of the region's prehistory. Given uncertainty surrounding the Polynesian developmental trajectory, this paper also questions the degree to which Polynesian societies exemplify neo-evolutionary models.
April 29 The Agricultural Transition in the Southwest: A Case of Forager Adoption and Continuity or Farmer Migration? Phil R. Geib, Instructor, Department of Anthropology, University of Virginia. Note: Thursday at 4:00 p.m.
Fall 2009 Schedule
Sept. 7 Organizational Meeting.
Nov. 16 Sliding Scales and Memory Trails: Explorations of Continuity, Change, and Collaboration in Native New England. Steve Silliman, Department of Anthropology, University of Massachusetts, Boston. 4:00 p.m., Cabell 138.

Spring 2009 Schedule
Jan. 26 Organizational Meeting.
Feb. 9 Starved Pythons and Sated Ancestors: Archaeological Perspectives on the Rise and Collapse of the Hueda Kingdom, 1650-1727 AD. Neil Norman, Department of Anthropology, College of William and Mary.
March 9
Black-Figure On the Black Sea: Athenian Pottery from Berezan (Ukraine) Tyler Jo Smith, McIntire Department of Art, University of Virginia.
March 16 Finding their Place in the Swahili World: Archaeology around Mikindani, Tanzania Matt Pawlowicz, Department of Anthropology, University of Virginia.
March 23 Cow Bones, Quahogs, and Colonialism: Food Choice as a Venue for Collaborative Archaeological Research .Mike Fedore, Department of Anthropology, University of Virginia.
Anxiety in Town and Country: Struggles for Power and the Transformation of Systems of Food Production in Third Millennium B.C. Upper Mesopotamia .Phil Trella, Department of Anthropology, University of Virginia.
Fall 2008 Schedule
Sept. 2 Organizational Meeting.
Sept. 16 Technologies of Power: Ritual Economy and Ceramic Production in the Terminal Preclassic Period Holmul Region, Guatemala. Michael G. Callaghan, Department of Anthropology, Vanderbilt University.
Sept. 30 Spatial Structure and Community at Andean Hillforts. Liz Arkush, Department of Anthropology, University of Virginia.
Oct. 3
Special Event
Modeling Bronze Age Political Economies Tim Earle, Department of Anthropology, Northwestern University. Location: Third Floor (Kaleidoscope), Newcomb Hall. Time: 1:00 p.m. Sponsored by the Department of Anthropology's Speaker Series.
Oct.14 Fall Break.
Oct. 21 Reconstructing the population history of San Marcos Pueblo, New Mexico, from surface collections. Fraser Neiman, Department of Archaeology, Monticello. Based on a collaboration with Ann Ramenofsky, University of New Mexico.
Nov. 11 The Economic Organization and Cultural Cohesion of Fugitive Slave Communities in 19th-Century Kenya. Lydia Wilson, Department of Anthropology, University of Virginia. Click here for an abstract.
Nov. 18 Animistic Ecology and Emergent Complexity in the Bolivian Andes. John Janusek, Dumbarton Oaks. Location: Third Floor (Kaleidoscope), Newcomb Hall. Time: 4:00 p.m.
Dec. 2 Jades as Inalienable Possessions in Ancient Mesoamerica. Brigitte Kovacevich, Department of Anthropology, University of Virginia.

Spring 2008 Schedule
Jan 24. Organizational Meeting.
Feb 2. Special Event A Symposium Celebrating the Repatriation to Italy of Acrolithic Sculptures from Morgantina Organized by Mac Bell, Professor, Department of Art, UVA. Auditorium of the Harrison Institute/Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia. The program is here.
Feb 7. Feasting Archaeologists: A Roundtable.
Feb 21. Headless Ancestors and Wild Barley: Thinking about the Forager-Farmer Transition and Neolithic "Inequality" from the Ground Up. Ian Kuijt, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Notre Dame. Note: 158 Campbell, 4:30 p.m.
Background reading:
March 6 Spring Vacation
March 20. Architectural Counterpoint: Gentry Houses, Violence, and the Evolution of Race in the Chesapeake and Jamaica. Fraser Neiman, Monticello. Based on a collaboration with Louis Nelson(UVA), Jillian Galle(DAACS), and Edward Chappell (CWF).
April 3. Post-SAA Passa-Passa. Catch up on posters and talks by fellow Brown-Baggers you might have missed!
April 17. More Post-SAA Passa-Passa. Catch up on posters and talks by fellow Brown-Baggers you might have missed!

Fall 2007 Schedule
Sept.6 Organizational Meeting.
Sept. 20 Current literature discussion. Bring a discussion question!

"Climate, history and human action" by Roderick J. McIntosh, Joseph A. Tainter and Susan Keech McIntosh. In The way the wind blows: climate, history and human action , edited by Roderick J. McIntosh, Joseph A. Tainter and Susan Keech McIntosh, pp.1-44. Columbia University Press, New York (2000). Click here to download the article.

Special Event
Ancient America¹s Big Bang and the Archaeology of Citationality and Conjuncture. Tim Pauketat, Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Department of Anthropology Colloquium Series. Friday,1-2:45 p.m., Brooks Hall Library.

Here's Professor Pauketat's blurb: Tim Pauketat has written on the relationships between agency, materiality,identity, and power in ancient North America, particularly the pre-Columbian developments in the upper Midwest down through the Mid-South and Southeast. He has advocated an archaeology that emphasizes studying how the past was constructed, practiced, and commemorated. This lecture explores a dramatic historical rupture, Cahokia¹s Big Bang, which altered for all practical purposes the histories of Native Americans across half the continent more than nine centuries ago. The archaeological story hinges on a supernova, trans-regional peace-making, migrations, and human sacrifice.
Nov. 8 Expanding Ethnoarchaeology: Historical Evidence and Model-Building in the Study of Technological Change. Michael Schiffer, Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Arizona
Nov. 29 TBA. Dell Upton, Shea Professor, Department of Architectural History, University of Virginia
Spring 2007 Schedule
Jan. 25 Organizational Meeting.
Feb. 8
Current literature discussion. Bring a discussion question!

Matthew H. Johnson, 2006. "On the nature of theoretical archaeology and archaeological theory." Archaeological Dialogues,13(2):117-132. Click here to download the article.

Feb. 9 Special Event "Exploring an Early Greek City: Five Seasons of Excavation at Azoria in Eastern Crete". Professor Margaret Mook, Iowa State University. 5:00 P.M., Campbell 160. Sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America.
Feb. 22 “Influence of German Missionary Trade on Labrador Inuit: Analysis of Historical and Archaeological Records”. Beatrix Arendt, Department of Anthropology, UVA.
March 8 Spring Vacation.
March 22 "A Plaza-ble Conjecture: the Origins of Complex Group Identities in the Salinas Pueblo District, New Mexico." Matthew Chamberlin, Deptartment of Sociology/Anthropology and International Beliefs and Values Institute, James Madison University, and Department of Anthropology, Arizona State University.
April 5
"'Now the God of the Spaniards is Dead': The Archaeology of Pueblo Revolution and Revitalization in Seventeenth-Century New Mexico". Matthew J. Liebmann, Department of Anthropology, College of William & Mary. 222 Cabell Hall.
April 19
"Negotiating with Nicotiana: An Investigation of the Role of Tobacco Smoking and Pipes in Native and European Relations in the Middle Atlantic" Beth Bollwerk, Department of Anthropology, UVA.
Fall 2006 Schedule
Aug. 31 Organizational Meeting: summer research updates and speakers for the Fall.
Sept. 12
Special Event
"Recent Archaeological Fieldwork in Thebes, Greece." Anastasia Dakouri-Hild, Visiting Assistant Professor in Prehistoric Art and Archaeology, McIntire Department of Art, University of Virginia,> Assistant Director for Research, IATH. 5:30 pm, 160 Campbell Hall. Sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America.
Sept. 14 Current literature discussion. Bring a discussion question!

"Genes versus agents. A discussion of the widening theoretical gap in archaeology" by Kristian Kristiansen, with comments by Ulrich Viet, John Robb, Stephen Shennan, and rejoinder by Kristiansen. Archaeological Dialogues Volume 11(2):77-132, 2004. Click here to download the article.

Sept. 28 "Enter the Countryside: Regional Approaches to Palace Settlement Systems in Coastal Benin West African 1600-1750AD." Neil Norman, Department of Anthropology, University of Virginia.
Oct. 12 Current literature discussion. Bring a discussion question!

"Public Archaeology and Indigenous Communities," by Mike Parker Pearson and Ramilisonina, in Nick Merriman (ed). Public Archaeology. London: Routledge, 2004, pp. 224-39. Click here to download the article.

"Reconstruction as Ideology: The Open-Air Museum at Oerlinghausen, Germany," by Martin Schmidt. In Peter Stone G. and Philippe G. Planel (eds). The Constructed Past: Experimental Archaeology, Education and the Public. London: Routledge, 1999, pp.146-56. Click here to download the article.

Oct. 13
Special Event
"Archives and Ancestors: Reinterpreting Death and Demography in Chaco Canyon" Stephen Plog and Carrie Heitman, Department of Anthropology, University of Virginia. 1:00-1:45 p.m. Brooks Hall Library. Sponsored by Anthropology Department Friday Speakers Series.
Oct. 17
Special Event
"The Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery(DAACS)Expands into the Caribbean" Jillian Galle, DAACS Project Manager, Monticello Department of Archaeology. Tea at 3:30, talk at 4:00. Berkeley Room, Jefferson Library, Kenwood. Sponsored by the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies, Monticello. For directions click here.
Oct. 20
Special Event
"Cana of the Galilee: from Jewish Village to Christian Pilgrimage Site". Professor Douglas R. Edwards, University of Puget Sound 5:00 pm, 160 Campbell Hall. Sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America.
Oct. 20-21
Special Event
Monticello Archaeology Lab Open House. Walking tours of the the Monticello Plantation Archaeological Survey. Location: Archaeology Lab, Monticello. For more information, click here.
Oct. 26 "Creolization and Ethnogenic Bricolage in African Diasporas." Chris Fennell, Department of Anthropology, University of Illinois.
Nov. 9 "State-Sanctioned Violence in the Prehispanic Andes." Tiffiny Tung, Department of Anthropology, Vanderbilt University. Location: Cabell 311. Click here for the abstract.
Nov. 30 "The Seal Impressions from Gilund: Evidence of Administration and Contact in Chalcolithic Western India" Marta Ameri. Institute of Fine Arts, New York University and Research Associate , Metropolitan Museum of Art.University. Click here for the abstract.


Spring 2006 Schedule


Jan. 26

A Multiscalar Approach to Understanding Ceramic Assemblage Variation among Woodland-Period sites on the Lower Chattahoochee and Apalachicola Rivers Karen Smith, Archaeology Department, Monticello and Department of Anthropology, University of Missouri, Columbia.



Status, Gender and Memory in Third Millennium Syria: A "Royal" Cemetery a Tell Umm el-Marra Glenn Schwartz, Whiting Professor of Archaeology, Department of Near Eastern Studies, The Johns Hopkins University.


Feb. 24
Special Event

From the Bottom Up: Socio-politico Organization at an Ancient Maya Urban Center. Scott Hutson, fellow in Pre-Columbian Studies at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collections 1 p.m., Brooks Hall Library .


March 1
Special Event

Hilltop Forts and Regional Politics in the Late Prehispanic Titicaca Basin, Peru. Elizabeth Arkush, Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, Wayne State University. 12:15 p.m., Brooks Hall Library .


March 9

Spring Break


March. 16

Powhatan's Werowocomoco: Constructing Polity, Place, and Personhood in the Chesapeake, A.D. 1200 - 1609. Martin Gallivan, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, College of William and Mary.


March 30

Remains of a Day: Molluscs, Palaeodiet and Elite Consumption in Late Bronze Age Thebes . Anastasia Dakouri-Hild, Department of Art, University of Virginia. Brooks Hall Library -- on the third floor.


April. 6

Houses and House Estates in Early Hohokam Society. Douglas B. Craig, Principal Investigator, Northland Research. Brooks Hall Library -- on the third floor.


April 27

SAA Meetings.





Fall 2005 Schedule


Sept. 1

Organizational Meeting: summer research updates and speakers for the Fall.


Special Event
Sept. 14

The Hellenistic City at Morgantina, 1955-2005 Malcolm Bell, III Professor of Art History, University of Virginia. Department of Art, McIntire Lecture Series. 6:00 p.m., 153 Campbell Hall.



Sept. 15

Assyrian Urbanism: an ethnoarchaeological approach. Lynn Rainville, Sweetbriar College.


Sept. 29

Collapse as Social Process: Case Studies from AD 1150 Chaco Canyon, N.M., and Third Millennium B.C. Southeast Anatolia. Phil Trella. Department of Anthropology, UVA.


Special Event
October 11

Cult, Continuity, and Cultural Identity at the Etruscan Settlement of Poggio Colla (Florence) Professor Gregory Warden, Southern Methodist University. Sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America. 5:30 p.m., 160 Campbell Hall


Oct. 13

Abnormal as the Norm: Variability in the Treatment of Human Remains in the pre-Columbian Southwest. Kerriann Marden. Smithsonian Institution.


Oct. 27

Doing Prehistory with Language: Semantic Change and Borrowing in the Proto-Yucatecan (Mayan) Kinship Lexicon. Eve Danzinger, Department of Anthropology, UVA.


Special Event
Nov. 10

The First City at Morgantina, 1955-2005. Carla Antonaccio Professor of Classical Studies, Duke University, Co-Director of the Excavations at Morgantina. Department of Art, McIntire Lecture Series. 6:00 p.m., 160 Campbell Hall.


Special Event
Nov. 15

Colonial Afro-Caribbean Vernacular Architecture. Grant Gilmore, Island Archaeologist and Director of the St. Eustatius Center for Archaeological Research . Sponsored by the Thomas Jefferson Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians. 5:00 p.m., 158 Campbell Hall.


Special Event
Nov. 16

The Search for the Battle of Actium. Professor William M. Murray, University of South Florida Sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America. 5:30 p.m., 160 Campbell Hall


Nov. 24

Thanksgiving Break


Spring 2005 Schedule


Jan. 27

Fallen through the cracks: Reconsidering Houses in Chacoan Prehistory, Chaco Canyon, NM, AD 850-1200 . Carrie Heitman, Department of Anthropology, Unversity of Virginia.


Feb.10 Special Event

Gating Union: The Politics of Making a Historically Black Community. Mieka Brand Woodson Predoctoral Fellow, and Department of Anthropology, University of Virginia. NOTE: 4:00 p.m., Berkeley Room, Jefferson Library, Kenwood. Sponsored by the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies, Monticello. For directions click here.


Feb.15 Special Event

"Islamizing the Berbers: Excavations at Volubilis and the First Centuries of Arab Conquest of North Africa Prof. Elizabeth Fentress Institute of Archaeology University of London NOTE: 5:30 p.m., Campbell Hall . Sponsored by the Charlottesville Chapter of the American Institute for Archaeology.


Feb. 17

Toilet, Temple and Topography: Social Meaning in Pompeii's Built Environment. Kevin Cole, Department of Art History, Unversity of Virginia.


March 3

Kakasbos 'Protector of Frontiers': Rock-cut Votive Reliefs from Southwest Anatolia. Tyler Jo Smith, Department of Art History, University of Virginia.


March 10

Spring Break.


March 17 Special Event

Investigating Chesapeake slavery at Fairfield Plantation, Gloucester County, Virginia Dave Brown, Department of History, College of William and Mary. NOTE: 4:00 p.m., Berkeley Room, Jefferson Library, Kenwood. A DAACS fellowship talk, sponsored by the Digital Archaeological Archive of Chesapeake Slavery and the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies, Monticello. For directions click here.


March 24

"And they took away the stones from Ramah": Lithic Raw Material Sourcing and Eastern Arctic Archaeology. Stephen Loring, Arctic Studies Program, Smithsonian Institution.


March 31

SAA Meetings in Salt Lake City


April 14

SAA Presentation Potluck. A sample of the cool stuff you missed.

  • Of Parsimony and Patrimony in the Eastern United States . Jeff Hantman.
  • Road Rooms and Ritual Features of the Bluff Great House in Regional Context. Carrie Heitman and Phil Geib.
  • The Bluff Great House Mounds: Intensional Creations or Simply Disposal Areas? Emily Cubbon, Phil Geib, and Carrie Heitman.
  • Site Characterization: the Definition of Archaeological Sites using Survey and Excavation Data. Sara Bon-Harper and Derek Wheeler.


April 28

Ancestors and Origins: Configuring Social Organization Through the Built Environment in Northern Mexico. Abby Holeman, Department of Anthropology, UVA.


Fall 2004 Schedule


Sept. 9

Organizational Meeting: summer research updates and speakers for the Fall.


Sept. 14 Special Event

Jamestown Rediscovered: The Buried Truth about America's Birthplace. William Kelso, Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities. Sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. Tuesday, 4:00-5:00, VFH, Basement Conference Room. For directions click here.


Sept. 23

Domestic Assemblages from Morgantina: Some Preliminary Observations. Justin Walsh, Department of Art History, UVA.
NOTE: Start time for Justin's talk is 6:00 p.m.


Oct. 1 Special Event

Archaeology of New Philadelphia: Multivalent Histories of a Diverse Frontier Town Chris Fennell, University of Illnois. UVA Department of Anthropology Friday Speaker Series, co-sponored by the Interdisciplinary Program in Archaeology. Friday, 1:00-3:00, Brooks Hall Library.


Oct. 7

Celts - Ancient, Modern, Postmodern: Archaeology and the Politics of Identity. Micheal Dietler, Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago. Berkeley Room, Jefferson Library, International Center for Jefferson Studies, Monticello. For directions click here.


Oct. 8 Special Event

The Archaeology of Colonization and the Colonization of Archaeology: Theoretical Challenges from an Ancient Mediterranean Colonial Encounter. Micheal Dietler, Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago. UVA Department of Anthropology Friday Speaker Series. Friday, 1:00-3:00, Brooks Hall Library


Oct. 21 Special Event

Under the Roots of the Oak Tree: Archaeology in Britain’s National Trust . Mark Newman, Head Archaeologist in the Northern Territory of the National Trust of Britain. 4:00pm, Jefferson Library,International Center for Jefferson Studies, Monticello. For directions click here.


Nov. 4

Archaeology and the National Park Service Terry Childs, National Park Service.


Nov. 18

Seriation and Costly Signals: the Case of Pipestem Bore Diameters from 17th-century Jamestown . Fraser Neiman, Monticello.


Dec. 2

Stable isotopes and determining dietary preferences in ancient humans. Steve Macko, Department of Environmental Sciences, Unversity of Virginia.


Spring 2004 Schedule


Jan. 22

Kinship and the Dynamics of the House: Rediscovering Dualism in the Pueblo Past Carrie Heitman and Steve Plog. Department of Anthropology, UVA. Click on the title to download a copy of Carrie's and Steve's paper.
Special added attraction ... An Update on the Chaco Digital Initiative. Steve Plog.


Feb. 5

The Future of Archaeology in Anthropology. Discussion led by Adria LaViolette, Department of Anthropology, UVA.


Feb. 19

Reading the Walls of Pompeii: the Interaction of Public and Private Space on the South Side of the Forum. Kevin Cole, Department of Art History, UVA.


March 4

Side-by-Side and Back-to-Front: Exploring Intra-Regional Latitudinal and Longitudinal Comparability in Survey Data. Three Case Studies from Metaponto, Southern Italy Steve Thompson. Click on the title to download a copy of Steve's paper.


March 19

Unpretentious goods: ceramic production and consumption at the interface of large and small scales of analysis. An ethnoarchaeological study from Ghana.
Maria das Dores Cruz, Department of Anthropology, William and Mary. Friday, 4:30 p.m.. Click here for an abstract.


April 1

SAA Meetings in Montreal.


April 8

After the Chaco Collapse: Exploring the Post-Chaco Era in Southeastern Utah. Cathy Cameron, Department of Anthropology, University of Colorado
Thursday, 12:00 Noon, Archaeology Lab, Brooks Hall .



New Persepctives on Chesapeake Pipes. Anna Agbe-Davies. Department of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania and Department of Archaeological Research, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.
Thursday, 5:00 p.m. Archaeology Lab, Brooks Hall.


April 22

Galatian Gordion: A Celtic Town in Central Anatolia. Mary Voigt, Department of Anthropology, College of William and Mary. Wednesday, 5:00 p.m. Click here for an abstract.


Fall 2003 Schedule


Sept. 4

Fall Organizational Meeting: Summer research updates, speakers for the Fall.
Thursday, 5:00 p.m.


Sept. 18

The Chaco Digital Initiative. Steve Plog, Department of Anthropology, UVA.
Thursday, 5:00 p.m. NOTE: Cancelled because of Isabel and rescheduled for second semester.


Oct. 9

Memory Capture in American Cemeteries. David Small, Lehigh University.
Thursday, 5:00 p.m.


Oct. 16

Early Urbanism in the Mixteca Alta, Oaxaca, Mexico. Chris Glew, Department of Anthropology, University of Michigan.
Thursday, 5:00 p.m.



Oct. 17,18

Annual Archaeology Month Open House at the Monticello Archaeology Lab.

  • walking tours of the Plantation Archaeological Survey.
  • demonstrations of the new DAACS Web site.
  • overviews of current research projects.

Department of Archaeology, Monticello.
Friday, 10:00-4:00, Saturday 10:00-4:00



Oct. 23

Writing Collaborative History: U.Va. and the Monacan Indian Nation.Chief Kenneth Branham, Karenne Wood, Daniel Red Elk Gear and George Whitewolf, Monacan Indian Nation; and Professor Jeff Hantman, Department of Anthropology, UVa.
Thursday, 4:00-6:00 p.m. Dome Room, The Rotunda.
For reservations, visit http://www.virginia.edu/outreachvirginia


Oct. 30

Historical and Archaeological Investigations of a Confederate Encampment and a Freedman's Home at James Madison's Montpelier. Matt Reeves, Archaeology Department, Montpelier.
Thursday, 5:00 p.m.


Nov. 12

Recent Research at the Foster Family - Venable Lane Site. Ben Ford, Rivanna Archaeology.
Wednesday, 5:00 p.m.


Nov. 27



Dec. 4

Underwater Excavations at Alexandria, Egypt. Jean Yves Empereur, Director of Research, CNRS and the Director of the French Center for Alexandrian Studies in Alexandria, Egypt. Dr. Empereur's work was recently featured on PBS's Nova
Thursday, 5:00 p.m.


Spring 2003 Schedule


Jan. 23

A Wooden Nickel: Idealized Depictions of Monticello's West Front. Sara Bon-Harper, Department of Archaeology, Monticello. Thursday, 4:30 p.m.


Feb. 6

Cultural Contact, Integration, and Material Style: Arslantepe and Kazane, Upper Mesopotamia. Sevil Baltali, Department of Anthrpology, UVA. Thursday, 5:00 p.m.


Feb. 20

"A Wild and Romantic Country": Human Interactions and Perceptions of the Forests at Montpelier. Dan Druckenbrod, Department of Environmental Sciences, UVA. Thursday, 4:30 p.m.



Feb. 21

Corporate Aspects of Personhood and Embodiment among the Classic Maya.  Susan Gillespie,Department of Anthropology University of Florida, Friday, 1:00 p.m. Anthropology Library, Third Floor. Brooks Hall. Department of Anthropology Colloquium Series.


March 6

Spring Break


March 20

The Diversity of Countries: Anglican churches in Virginia, South Carolina, and Jamaica" Louis Nelson, Department of Architectural History, UVA. Thursday, 4:30 p.m. Click here to download a draft of Louis's paper. Louis will offer a brief illustrated synopsis of his paper, but the bulk of this session will be devoted to discussion of the written version.


March 27

Still making history in Banda. Ann Stahl, Department of Anthropology, SUNY, Binghampton. Thursday, 5:00 p.m.



March 28

"Altered States: Political economic dislocation and its effects in the Central Volta Basin, AD1500-1750 Ann Stahl, Department of Anthropology, SUNY, Binghampton. Friday, 1:00p.m. Anthropology Library, Third Floor, Brooks Hall.


April 3

Ceramics and Cosmology: Exploring Color Symbolism in Prehispanic Pueblo Pottery. Steve Plog, Department of Anthropology, UVA. Thursday, 4:30 p.m.


April 17

From Pig Bones to Palaces: Investigating Urbanism in Upper Mesopotamia. Pati Wattenmaker, Department of Anthropology, UVA. Thursday, 5:15 p.m.


May 1

Architecture and Empire: An Inca Imperial Estate and the Conquest of the Ayamarka Homeland. Stella Nair, Samuel Cress Curatorial Fellow, National Gallery of Art. Thursday, 4:30 p.m.


Fall 2002 Schedule


Aug 29

Organizational Meeting. Out first session features brief (5-minute) updates from all on current research projects. We'll also draft a roster of speakers for the Fall Semester. Jeff Hantman has volunteered to supply the Brown Bag contents.



Sept 9

Burnt Corn Pueblo: Landscape and Conflict in the Pre-Columbian American Southwest. James Snead, Department of Anthropology, George Mason University. Monday, 4:30 p.m.


Sept. 24

Palatial Workshops in Late Bronze-Age Greece. Natasha Dakouri-Hild, Department of Art History, UVA. Teusday, 4:30 p.m.


Oct. 10

Slave Daily Life & Mortuary Practices on a Piedmont Plantation: an archaeological and historical investigation of the enslaved African Americans on the Sweet Briar Plantation. Lynn Rainville, Department of Anthropology, Sweet Briar College. Thursday, 5:00 p.m.



Oct. 15

Lyrical Indian Words and Arrow Points: Archaeology and the Encounter of Monacans and Colonists in Albemarle County Jeff Hantman, Department of Anthropology. Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., Room 153, Campbell Hall. Sponsored by the Virginia Museum of Natural History.



Oct. 19

Open House at the Monticello Archaeology Lab.Walking tours, featuring the Department's ongoing research into Monticello's vanished argricultural landscape, leave the lab at 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 1:00, 2:00,and 3:00. Saturday, 10:0 0a.m.-4:00 p.m., Archaeology Lab, Monticello.


Oct. 24

Subfloor pits and the social dynamics of 18th-century Chesapeake Slavery: a game-theoretic approach. Fraser Neiman, Department of Archaeology, Monticello Thursday, 4:30 p.m.


Nov. 7

Face Time: Making Sense of a Remarkable Prehistoric Wooden Mask from the Virginia Piedmont. Dennis Blanton, Department of Anthropology UVA and William and Mary Center for Archaeological Research. Thursday, 5:00 p.m. Jefferson Library at Kenwood. DIRECTIONS: Head up Route 53 towards Monticello. Go past the Monticello entrance. Continue one quarter mile. You'll see the entrance to Kenwood -- the International Center for Jefferson Studies -- on your right.


Nov. 21

Discussion of "The Ascendence of Hunting in the Califormnia Middle Archaic" , William R. Hildebrandt and Kelly R. McGuire, 2002, American Antiquity 67(2):231-256. Thursday, 4:30 p.m. Click here to download this article.

To read it, you will need a copy of Adobe's Acrobat Reader.


Spring 2002 Schedule


Jan. 17

The Nanticoke Indians and Chicone Indian Town: Group Identity, Persistence, and Change in the Context of European Contact and Colonization. Virginia Busby. Department of Anthropology, UVA.


Jan. 31

Agencyfest I: Discussion of "Agency in archaeology: paradigm or platitude." Marcia-Anne Dobres and John E.Robb, 2000. In Agency in Archaeology, edited by Marcia-Anne Dobres and John Robb, pp. 3-17. Routledge London. Click here to download this article.

To read it, you will need a copy of Adobe's Acrobat Reader.


Feb. 14

Rocking the Boat in Pompeian Archaeology: the Pompeii Forum Project. John Dobbins, Department of Art History, UVA.


Feb. 28

Mythical Giants of the Chesapeake: An Evaluation of the Archaeological Construction of "Susquehannock". Lisa Lauria, Department of Anthropology, UVA.


Mar. 14

Spring Break


Mar. 28

Micro-Matters: An Assessment of Micro-Archaeological Techniques and Results from Four Upper Mesopotamian Sites Lynne Rainville, Department of Anthropology, UVA.


Apr. 11
Special Event

The prehistoric art of the Chauvet Cave in France. Dr. Jean Clottes, Scientific Advisor Ministry of Culture, Conservateur General of French Heritage. Time: 8:00 p.m. Place: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts . For more information click here.


Apr. 25

The Dimensions of War: Understanding Prehistoric Conflict in East-Central Arizona Julie Solometo, Department of Anthropology, University of Virginia.


May 8

Agencyfest II: Note the day and time change: WEDNESDAY, 4:00 p.m. Place: Brooks Hall
Discussion of two archaeological case studies:
"Agents of change in hunter-gatherer technology", Ken Sassaman. Click here to down load it.
"Craft to wage labor: agency and resistance in American historical archaeology", Paul Shackel. Click here to down load it.
In Agency in Archaeology, edited by Marcia-Anne Dobres and John Robb, pp. 148-168 and 232-246. Routledge, London.


Fall 2001 Schedule



Oct. 10

The Dead Have No Rights?: Jefferson's Conflicted Legacy in American Archaeology. David Hurst Thomas, Curator of Anthropology, American Museum of Natural History. TIME: 5:30. PLACE: Room 153, Campbell Hall


Oct. 18

Building Tensions: Architecture and Slavery at Andrew Jackson's Hermitage, Jillian Galle, Department of Anthropology, UVA and DAACS, Monticello.



Oct. 20

Open House at the Monticello Archaeology Lab.Walking tours, featuring the Department's ongoing research into Monticello's vanished argricultural landscape, leave the lab at 11:00, 12:00, 1:00, 2:00,and 3:00. TIME: 10:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m. PLACE: Archaeology Lab, Monticello.


Nov. 1

Demography and Regional Organization in the Virginia Interior: AD 1000 - 1700. Jeff Hantman, Department of Anthropology, UVA.


Nov. 15

Doing a Poster Session at the SAA's: Why and How (with a couple of award winning examples). Fraser Neiman, Monticello.


Nov. 29

No Session: AAA Meetings



Evaluating Collapse from the Endpoints of Power: Consumption and Exchange in Third Millennium B.C.E. Southeast Turkey. Phil Trella, Department of Anthropology, UVA.