Archaeological Institute of America, Iowa Society, Fall 2015 Lecture Series

September 15, 2015 - 10:45am

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With the support of the Office of the State Archaeologist, the University of Iowa Departments of Anthropology, Classics, Religion, Art and Art History, and the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History


The Fall 2015 AIA lecture Series



Michelle Wienhold, University of Iowa (by way of University of Central Lancashire, Great Britain)

Monday, September 21, 2015
7:30 pm, Art Building West, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

The Chumash Rock Art of South-Central California: An Introduction and Discussion of the Archaeological and Environmental Context

Polychromatic pictographs of the Chumash culture are considered some of the most complex in the world. As an artifact fixed within the terrain, rock art has a potential connection to its environmental setting and associated archaeology which are both integral aspects of rock art analysis. The aim of this presentation is to discuss an interdisciplinary approach to Chumash rock art studies integrating archaeological and environmental data, geographic information, and ethnohistoric/ethnographic literature.


5th Annual International Archaeology Day: Ancient Technology from Pre-AD 1500

Saturday, October 17, 2015
1-5 pm, University of Iowa Pentacrest and Macbride Hall

The Iowa Society of the AIA, Office of the State Archaeologist, the UI Pentacrest Museums, Iowa Archeology Society, and the UI Departments of Anthropology, Classics, Religion, and Arts and Art History will team up to present information and hands-on activities about Archaeology to the general public. The Ancient Technology theme will showcase a variety of active displays including Flintknapping, hide scraping, cat tail processing, dart throwing with atlatls, Native American and Historic Pioneer games, bone marrow extraction, grain grinding, weaving and spinning, wool carding, bow making, Roman bread cooking in terra cotta oven, pottery making, and several more. Specialists will be on hand to answer questions and offer hands-on participation.


Stephanie Dalley, Oxford University – AIA Norton Lecturer

Monday, October 26, 2015
7:30 pm, Art Building West, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

The Hanging Garden of Babylon: an elusive world wonder traced

Babylon’s Hanging Garden is the only one of the original seven wonders to have been dismissed as imaginary. Neither archaeologists nor Assyriologists could find evidence for it, and the Greek sources describing it are centuries later than its supposed existence. An ingenious and detailed solution to the problem has been found at last, allowing a fact-based reconstruction of the garden, and an appreciation of the system of water management that qualified it as a world wonder.


Shelby Putt, Anthropology Department, University of Iowa

Monday, November 9, 2015
7:30 pm, Art Building West, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

Tentative Title: Recent Research on Flint Knapping and Cognition from Beginners to Advanced.


Jake Butera, Department of Classics, University of North Carolina, Ashville

Monday, November 16, 2015
7:30 pm, Art Building West, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

Tentative Title: Surveying Ancient Battlefields and Reconstructing the Battle of Philippi

Co-sponsored by the University of Iowa's Department of Classics.