Archaeological Institute of America, Iowa Society, Spring 2018 Lecture Series

February 2, 2018 - 10:15am

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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, the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History, and the Iowa Academy of Science


The Spring 2018 AIA lecture Series



Lara Noldner, Bioarchaeology Director, University of Iowa Office of the State Archaeologist

Monday, 12 February 2018
7:30 pm, Art Building West, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

Ancient Human Remains in Iowa: at the intersection of the Iowa Code and NAGPRA

This talk will summarize the state and federal legislation that apply to ancient human remains in Iowa, and the University of Iowa Office of the State Archaeologists’ efforts towards repatriation and reburial. Since 1976, the Bioarchaeology Program at the OSA has been engaged in documenting known burial sites, working with developers and landowners to avoid them, investigating any inadvertent discoveries, and consulting regularly with our Indian Advisory Council on these activities. The Bioarchaeology Program was created through state legislation, and as a research unit of the University of Iowa, is also proactive in compliance with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA). Please join us in a discussion of our place at the intersection of state and federal legislation.


Joukowsky Lecture Series

John Hale, University of Louisville

Monday, 26 February 2018
7:30 pm, Art Building West, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

Dragon Boats of the North: Viking Longships

Viking ships are among the most remarkable artifacts in the entire realm of archaeological discovery, dominating European history for the three centuries between 800 and 1100 AD.  As warships they terrorized coasts from Scotland to the Mediterranean; as trading craft they ventured down the rivers of Russia to Byzantium, and as vessels of exploration and colonization they crossed the open Atlantic to Ireland, Iceland, Greenland and ultimately America.  Yet all these amazing achievements were accomplished by open, undecked ships with a few oars and a single square sail.

The 19th century witnessed dramatic finds of royal Viking ships in Norwegian burial mounds along Oslo fjord.  More recently, underwater archaeologists have recovered virtually intact Viking ships from harbors in Denmark.  The most ambitious project in the field of experimental archaeology has involved the reconstruction and sea trials of many Viking ship types.  John Hale has traced the ancestry of Viking ships all the way back to sewn-plank canoes of the Scandinavian Bronze Age, and shows the links between these remarkable ships and the watercraft of the Pacific and central Africa.


Drew Kitchens, Anthropology Department, the University of Iowa

Monday, 26 March 2018
7:30 pm, Art Building West, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

Searching for Native American Domestic Dogs: What Does the DNA Say?


Dan Davis, Classics Department, Luther College

Monday, 2 April 2018
7:30 pm, Coe College

Shipwrecks in the Black Sea and Methods in Underwater Archaeology


History at the Grove

Wednesday, 21 February 2018
5:00 pm, Big Grove Brewery and Taproom, 1225 S Gilbert St, Iowa City, Iowa

Iowa City’s 19th Century Breweries by Doug Alberhasky