Texas Tech University

Past AIA Lectures

Spring 2023

Life and Death on the Nile: Diet, Origins, and Mobility in Ancient Nubia
Dr. Tosha Dupras

Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and Professor of Anthropology, Texas Tech University
Thursday, February 2nd at 5:30 pm
AGED 00102

Display, Dietary Practice, and Disgusting Meals: Assessing Performative Dining in Monastic Contexts

Dr. Andrew Donnelly
Assistant Professor of History, Texas A&M University-Commerce
Thursday, March 2nd at 5:30 pm
AGED 00102

Shopping for artists' materials in ancient Rome: pigment shops, pigments, and product choice

Dr. Hilary Becker
Assistant Professor, Binghamton University, SUNY
Thursday, April 6th at 5:30 pm
AGED 00102

Fall 2022

Panathenaic Amphoras and the Cultural Economy of Athens
Dr. Catherine Pratt
Assistant Professor, University of Western Ontario

Thursday, September 15th at 5:30 pm
ELECE 00101

Spring 2022

Women at Work: Archaeological Approaches to Women's Labor in Classical Greece
Katherine Harrington (Emory University)

March 9th at 5:30 pm
Holden Hall Room 77 (in person)

Shopping for artists' materials in ancient Rome: pigment shops, pigments, and product choice Hilary Becker (Binghamton University, SUNY)

Postponed due to COVID-19, rescheduling in process Location TBA (in person)

The Reign of the Snake Kings. The rise and fall of the Kanu'l Dynasty in the Maya Lowlands Kathryn Reese-Taylor (University of Calgary)

April 20th at 5:30 pm (in person) MCOM 82

Details will be sent to the AIA society email list. For more information please email Dr. Linda Gosner

Fall 2021

Wonderwerk Cave: Archaeology at the Edge of the Kalahari
Michael Chazan, Professor of Anthropology, University of Toronto, AIA Joukowsky Lecture Thursday, September 23, 2021 at 5:30 pm

Archaeology, Big Data, and Big Questions about lidar in the Andean Cordillera and Beyond
Parker van Valkenburgh (Stanley J. Bernstein Assistant Professor of Social Sciences and Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Brown University)
Thursday, November 11, 2021 at 5:30 pm

Zoom Link: https://texastech.zoom.us/j/99293684558
Zoom Meeting ID: 992 9368 4558
Participants will be let in from the waiting room.

Spring 2021

Fête champêtre: ritual consumption in the Greek countryside
Catherine Morgan, Professor of Classics and Archaeology, University of Oxford

AIA Joukowsky Lecture

Wednesday, February 10th, 2021, 5:30pm.
Zoom details to follow soon.

The Cost of Invisible Labor in Archaeology
Allison Mickel, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Lehigh University

Thursday March 4th, 2021, 4:00pm.
Zoom details to follow.

Asserting Ownership: Knossos and the Case against Sir Arthur Evans
Aimee Genova, Research Fellow, Center for Hellenic Studies, Harvard University

Thursday, March 25th, 2021, 5:30pm.
Zoom details to follow.

Community Formation and Identity in the Ancient Mediterranean
Catherine Steidl, Scholar-in-Residence, the Bruce D. Benson Center for the Study of Western Civilization, The University of Colorado Boulder

Thursday, April 22nd, 2021, 5:30pm.

Fall 2020

Due to COVID-19 we have reduced the number of lectures this Fall; the full program will return this Spring.

The Anatomy of an Ancient Naval Battle
William M. Murray (University of South Florida)

Thursday, October 29, 2020, 5:30pm (virtual)
Zoom meeting link
Meeting ID: 818 0683 4034
Passcode: 990Hg4

Spring 2020

Late Roman Galilee: the preliminary results of the Huqoq Excavation Project
Daniel Schindler PhD, Instructor of Classics, Texas Tech University

January 30, 2020, 5:30pm
BIOL 101

Taking to the Water: New Evidence and New Debates about the Earliest Seafaring in the World
John Cherry PhD, Joukowsky Family Professor of Archaeology and Classics, the Joukowsky Institute at Brown University

February 27, 2020, 5:30 pm
BIOL 101

Co-sponsored with the generous support of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work, the Department of History, and the Humanities Center.

An Uncaptured Sardinia? Mobility and Connectivity the Coastal and Inland Landscapes of Ancient West-Central Sardinia
Linda Gosner PhD, Assistant Professor and Postdoctoral Scholar, Michigan Society of Fellows, University of Michigan

March 12, 2020, 5:30 pm
BIOL 101

Fall 2019

A Classicist on Easter Island
David Larmour, Horn Professor of Classics, Texas Tech University

Thursday, September 26th, 5:30pm
CMLL 105

Storing and Packaging for the Roman Empire
Caroline Cheung, Assistant Professor, Princeton University

Wednesday, October 9th, 5:30pm
EDUC 001


Booms and Busts in the Prehistoric Landscapes of the Mazi Plain (Northwest Attica, Greece)
Alex Knodell, Assistant Professor of Classics and Archaeology, Carleton College

Wednesday March 20th, 2019, 5:30pm
Co-sponsored with the Department of History, the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, & Social Work, and the Humanities Center
EDUC 0001

The via Pumpaiiana: a Biography
Eric E. Poehler, Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Thursday, April 4th, 5:30pm
AIA National Lecture, Co-sponsored with the Department of History and the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, & Social Work
MEN 00132

Fresh from the field: Mapping a Newly Recorded Maya Ceremonial Center.
Brett Houk, Associate Professor of Archaeology, Texas Tech University

Thursday April 25th, 5:30pm
MEN 00132

Taming the Desert: The Brown University Petra Terraces Project
Evan Levine, PhD Student, JIAAW, Brown University
Co-supported by Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures and the Humanities Center

Thursday, September 27, 2018, 5:30pm
EDUC 0001

King Richard III: the resolution of a 500 year old cold case
Turi King, Professor of Public Engagement, Reader in Genetics and Archaeology, University of Leicester, Director of the Forensic and Ancient Biomolecules (FAB) Group.
AIA Joukowsky Lecture

Thursday, October 11, 2018, 5:30pm
EDUC 0001


  • Claire Novotny, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Kenyon College
    Social Identity in the Maya Hinterlands: Ancient Daily Life Meets Modern Heritage in Aguacate Village, Belize

    Thursday March 8th, 5:30pm
    Livermore Center 101
  • Jake Morton, Lecturer, University of Pennsylvania, Visiting Assistant Professor, Swarthmore College
    Practicalities of Ancient Greek Sacrifice

    Wednesday, March 28th, 5:15pm
    Animal and Food Science 101
  • John Dobbins, Professor of Roman Art, University of Virginia
    Advanced Technology Sheds New Light on the House of the Drinking Contest at Antioch
    AIA National Lecture

    Thursday April 5th, 5:30pm
    Livermore Center 101
  • Christopher Witmore, Associate Professor of Archaeology, Texas Tech University
    Teillager 6, Sværholt: The Archaeology of a POW camp in Finnmark, Arctic Norway

    Thursday, September 28, 2017, 5:30pm
    HUMSCI 226
  • Floyd McCoy, Professor of Geology, Geophysics, and Oceanography, University of Hawaii - Windward
    AIA Joukowsky Lecture
    The Late Bronze Age Eruption of Thera (Santorini)

    Thursday, October 26, 2017, 5:30pm
    HUMSCI 226
  • Anna Novotny, Assistant Professor of Bioarchaeology, Texas Tech University
    Ritual Emulation of Ancient Maya Elite Mortuary Traditions During the Classic Period at Cahal Pech, Belize 

    Thursday, November 30, 2017, 5:30pm
    HUMSCI 226


Women, Children and Families in the Military Communities of the Western Roman Empire
Lecturer: Elizabeth M. Greene, University of Western Ontario
Thursday 5:35, October 20th AFS 101

Piecing a Site Together: The Archaeology of the Roman Colony of Libarna
Hannah Friedman CMLL, TTU
Thursday 5:35, November 3rd MCOM 57

Co-Sponsored by the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, & Social Work
Drought and its Demographic Effects in the Maya Lowlands
Julie A. Hoggarth, Department of Anthropology, Baylor University
Monday 5:35, November 14th English & Philosophy 001

Archaeology and Heritage of the Human Movement into Space
Lecturer: Justin St. P. Walsh, Chapman University
Thursday 5:35 pm, April 6th

Graduate Student Research
Lecturers: Kristine Mallinson; Jackson Vaughn; Mike Boyles
Thursday 5:35 pm, April 27th


Joukowsky Lecture
Of Pompeii and Politics
J. Theodore Peña, University of California, Berkley
Thursday October 15, 2015 5:35 pm, MCOM 075

Anthropology & Photography in the 18th century
Carla Manfredi, University of Hawaii
Thursday October 29, 2015 5:35pm, MCOM 075

Old Lands: A Chorography of the Eastern Morea, Greece
Chris Witmore, Texas Tech University
Thursday November 12, 5:35pm MCOM 067

Revisiting a Late Bronze Age time capsule: first results from the 2014-2015 excavations at Pyla-Kokkinokremos (Cyprus)
Simon Jusseret, Université catholique de Louvain
Thursday February 11 5:35 MCOM 057

Reconstructing and Firing a Greek Kiln: a Project in Experimental Archaeology
Lisa Kahn, George Mason University
Thursday, March 31, 2016 5:35 MCOM 359

Cultural Commodities: Oil and Wine in Pre-Classical Greece
Catherine Pratt, University of Western Ontario
Wednesday April 6, 5:35 MCOM 353

In conjunction with the Art Department we would like to announce:
Carolyn Boyd, Shumla Archaeological Research & Education Center in Comstock TX
"Layers of Meaning: A Stratigraphic Analysis of the White Shaman Pictorial Narrative"
Wednesday April 20, 5:30 Texas Tech School of Art


Characterizing a Middle Bronze Palatial Wine Cellar from Tel Kabri, Israel.
Andrew Koh, Department of Classical Studies, Brandeis University
October 9, 2014

Anthropogenic Pollution
Russell Adams, Department of Anthropology, University of Waterloo
October 23, 2014

History of the National Ranching Heritage Center
Scott White, Special Projects Manager and Curator of Art, National Ranching Heritage Center
November 20, 2014

Exploring the Early Bronze Age in Jordan: A Report on Recent Excavations at Khirbat Iskandar
Jesse Long, Lubbock Christian University
Dean, College of Biblical Studies and Behavioral Sciences; Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Archaeology
February 12, 2015

Alison Futrell, Associate Professor of History, University of Arizona
March 5, 2015

After the Collapse: Crete in the Early Iron Age
Leslie Day, Emeritus Professor of Classics, Wabash College
April 23, 2015


International Archaeology Day Fair
October 17th, 2013

Native Homelands and Foreign Frontiers: New Perspectives on the Spanish Missions of South Texas
Tamra Walter, Associate Professor, The Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work, Texas Tech University
October 17, 2013

Ionian sanctuaries and the Ionian space in the Archaic Period
Kenan Eren, Assistant Professor, Department of Archaeology, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University
November 7, 2013

Alaska's Gold Rush Maritime Landscape
John Jensen, University of Rhode Island / Sea Education Association
November 14, 2013

The Story of the Red Mountain: Memory and Landscape in Hittite Anatolia
Ömür Harmansah, Assistant Professor, Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, Brown University
January 23, 2013

Identifying Children's Graffiti in Roman Campania
Katherine Huntley, Assistant Professor, History Department, Boise State University
April 3, 2014

Archaeology and Classics Day
April 4th, 2014

Egypt's Last Royal Pyramids: The Monuments of King Ahmose at Abydos
Stephen Harvey, Assistant Professor at Stony Brook University
April 10, 2014


The Once and Future Dig: Texas Tech's Maya Research Initiative at Chan Chich, Belize
Brett A Houk, Associate Professor, The Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work, Texas Tech University

Ancient Sounds of Greece
Nikos Xanthoulis, Associate Researcher with the Academy of Athens, Greece and Head of Educational Programs with the Greek National Opera

The Roman Faynan: Local resources vs imperial will
Hannah Friedman, Assistant Professor of Classical Archaeology, CMLL, Texas Tech University

Living the good life? Health trends of Romans
Robert R. Paine, Professor of Anthropology, Texas Tech University

Roman sarcophagi from Aphrodisias: Meaning of iconography in local social context
Esen Ogus, Assistant Professor of Art History, Texas Tech University

Why the West Rules - For Now
Ian Morris, Jean and Rebecca Willard Professor of Classics and Professor of History, Stanford University
An AIA-endorsed lecture hosted by the Institute for the Study of Western Civilization, Texas Tech University

Gladiators at Pompeii: Roman Spectacle in a Small Town
Steven Tuck, Associate Professor of Classics and Art History, Miami University


Crete before the Cretans: New Evidence for Very Ancient Mariners
Thomas Strasser, Associate Professor, Department of Art and Art History, Providence College

Sværholt: Recovered memories of a WWII POW camp
Bjørnar Olsen, Professor of Archaeology, University of Tromsø, and Christopher Witmore, Associate Professor, TTU

The Magnificent Peutinger Map: Roman Cartography at its Most Creative A Joukowsky Lecture
Richard Talbert, William Rand Kenan, Jr. Professor of History with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Heraldry for the Dead: The Engraved Stone Plaques of Neolithic Iberia
Katina Lillios, Associate Professor, Anthropology Department of the University of Iowa

Death in the Province: Mortuary Practices and Roman Imperialism in Syria and Lebanon
Lidewidje de Jong, Assistant Professor, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Resurrecting Dead Romans: Reconstructing the Lives of Slaves and Freedmen from their Tombs and Epitaphs: An Anita Krause Bader Lecture in Mediterranean Archaeology
Linda Maria Gigante, Associate Professor of Art History, the University of Louisville

The Trowel is Mightier than the Sword: Archaeology, Media, and Life in the Roman Army
Lee Brice, Associate Professor of Ancient History, Western Illinois University

La Venta: Sex, the City and a Visual Creation Narrative, 600 BC
Carolyn E. Tate, Professor of Pre-Columbian Art History, Texas Tech University

Harena sine calce (“Sand without lime”): Building Disasters, Incompetent Architects, and Construction Fraud in Ancient Rome: A Charles Eliot Norton Lecture
John Peter Oleson, University of Victoria Distinguished Professor of Greek and Roman Studies, the University of Victoria

Maintaining the Polis: Landscape, Media, and Spaces of Coexistence
Christopher L. Witmore, Assistant Professor of Classical Archaeology, Texas Tech University

Ice Age Art: A Look at the Visual Cultures of the Pleistocene
April Nowell, Associate Professor, the University of Victoria

Fall 2009

Ancient Civilizations, Archaeology, and Environmental Change in South America
Prof. Greg Zaro, University of Maine

Encountering the Early Bronze Age in Jordan: The EB IV Area C Gateway and Cemeteries at Khirbet Iskander
Prof. Jesse Long, Lubbock Christian University

Guided tour of Blackwater Draw (museum and locality no. 1)
Saturday, October 17, 2009

The Omega House in Athens: Christianizing the City of Athena
Prof, Barbara Tsakirgis, Vanderbilt University

Guided tour of The Art of the Mission of Northern New Spain and of the Greek and Roman Collections

Investigating Planning, Ritual and Power at La Milpa, Belize
Prof. Brett Houk, Texas Tech University

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