St. Louis Society - Archaeological Institute of America
Founded in 1906 - we are 110 years old and going strong!
Be sure and visit our "public group" Facebook page where we post pictures of the lectures and our Young Adult Service Learning Project.

The St. Louis Society holds free monthly lectures that are open to the public. All programs will be held at the Missouri History Museum auditorium located at 5700 Lindell Boulevard EXCEPT for the programs on October 15, November 20th and April 29th. Parking lots at the History Museum are located to the right and left of the south entrance. All lectures are free and open to the public, include color powerpoint illustrated presentations followed by a reception to meet the speaker.

The lectures are given by professional archaeologists who are experts in their fields and cover a wide range of topics from new excavation data to analysis of sculpture and painting. Our Membership includes professional, student, and avocational archaeologists with fieldwork expertise in Asia, Africa, Europe, North American, MesoAmerica, and South America. There is no better place in St. Louis to come and talk about archaeology. We are always glad to speak with middle school and high school students interested in a career in archaeology. We proudly remember our local history and especially the Mylonas years.

All lectures are free and open to the public. The lectures are color powerpoint presentations and are followed by a reception to meet the speaker. Our past lectures cover a wide variety of topics including Old World and New World archaeological discoveries.

2016 - 2017 Lecture Schedule - Funded by the Arthur and Helen Baer Foundation

Wednesday 21 September 2016, 7:30 PM - Missouri History Museum Auditorium
Professor Cinnamon Brown, Chair of the History Department at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. "Archaeological Research at the Moore's Mill Battlefield (1862) in Callaway County, MO."

Wednesday, 12 October 2016, 7:30 PM - Missouri History Museum Auditorium
Professor Simon James, Reader in Archaeology at the University of Leicester in England. "Blood in the Dust, Death in the Dark: combat and chemical warfare at Roman Dura-Europos, Syria" [Kress lecturer for the AIA]

Saturday, 15 October 2016, 10 AM to 2 PM - at Fort Belle Fontaine County Park at 13002 Bellefontaine Road
Saint Louis, MO 63138. Discuss prehistoric hunting and butchering tools, then practice throwing an Atlatl (under adult supervision!!!).

[Co-sponsored with St. Louis County Park Service and the Missouri Atlatl Association.]

Tuesday, 15 November 2016, 7:30 PM -Missouri History Museum Auditorium
Professor Michael Danti in the Department of Archaeology at Boston University and academic director of American Schools of Oriental Research Cultural Heritage Initiatives.
"The Cultural Heritage Crises in Syria and Northern Iraq"

Sunday, 20 November 2016, 2:00 PM - Ulysses S Grant National Historic Site Auditorium located at 7400 Grant Rd, St. Louis, MO 63123
High School student reports.
"Research results of the Service Learning Archaeological Project at Thomas Sappington House" [Lecture co-sponsored with the Sappington-Concord Historical Society and the National Park Service]

Wednesday, 14 December 2016, 7:30 PM - Missouri History Museum Auditorium
Professor Richard A. Freund, University of Hartford.
"The Atlantis Civilization"

Tuesday, 7 February 2017, 7:30 PM - Missouri History Museum Auditorium
Dr. Michelle Loyet, Adjunct Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at Webster University.
"The Mysteries Of Afterlife In Ancient Egypt"
[Lecture co-sponsored with the Mound City chapter of the Missouri Archaeological Society]

[The lecture on Viking Women was not available. The speaker elected not to lecture for any AIA society in the USA]

Tuesday, 21 February 2017, 7:30 PM - Missouri History Museum Auditorium
Professor Reginald Auger, Laval University in Quebec City.
New Title at speaker's request: "The Loyola Cemetery in French Guiana: Memory of Slavery at a Sugar Plantation"
"Archaeology of a Jesuit Mission in French Guiana." [Lecture cosponsored with the Archaeology Program at Lindenwood University, St. Charles, MO.]

Tuesday, 14 March 2017, 7:30 PM - Missouri History Museum Auditorium
Professor Nick Card, The University of the Highlands and Islands in Scotland. "Secrets of the Ness of Brodgar: a Stone-Age Complex in the Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site." [Kress lecturer for the National AIA].

Tuesday 18 April 2017, 7:30 PM - Missouri Historical Museum Auditorium
Professor Mary Miller, Sterling Professor of Art History at Yale University. "What Figurines Can Tell Us: A Life of Traders and Enslavement on the Island of Jaina, Mexico"

Saturday 29 April 2017, 10 AM -St. Louis Community College - Meramec, Lecture Hall Social Science 105
Professor Emerita Gale Owen-Crocker from the University of Manchester; she was formerly Professor of Anglo-Saxon Culture and Director of the Manchester Centre for Anglo-Saxon Studies. "Beowulf and Archaeology." A second lecture will be given at 11:30 in the same room entitled "Archaeological Evidence for Anglo-Saxon dress." Each lecture will last approximately 60 minutes with time for questions. There will be a chance to meet the speaker after the second lecture.

Wednesday 10 May 2017, 7:30 PM - Missouri Historical Museum Auditorium
Dr. Michael Nelson, Art Historian at the City University of New York (CUNY), Queens College. "A Roman period sanctuary at the site of Omrit in Israel."

The Missouri History Museum is located at 5700 Lindell Boulevard at DeBaliviere in Forest Park.

Fort Belle Fontaine County Park is located along the Missouri River in St. Louis County at 9565 Bellefontaine Road, Saint Louis, MO 63137. The site is very significant and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

St. Louis Community College at Meramec is locted at 11333 Big Bend Road in Kirkwood, MO. The Social Science (SO) lecture hall room 105 is situated on the east side of the campus near the Visitor parking lot and student parking lots PM and PN. A Metrolink bus stop is just a few hundred feet away from the SO building. Here is a link to a map and directions:

**All lectures and programs are free and open to the public. Reception are held following the lecture to meet the speaker**

The St. Louis Society has a rich history! It sponsored archaeological survey and excavation in Missouri beginning in 1906; the fieldwork was conducted by Gerard Fowke:

Painted Rock in Osage County, Missouri

Dawson Mounds in Boone County, Missouri

Easley Mounds in Boone County, Missouri

Utz village site in Saline County, Missouri

St. Louis Society provided funds for three years of archaeological field work (1910 - 1913) at the Maya ruins of Quirigua (Guatemala). Edgar Hewett conducted the fieldwork that was sponsored by the St. Louis Society:


St. Louis Society provided funds to Flinders Matthew Petrie that supported fieldwork conducted by the British School of Archaeology in Egypt at Haraga (in the Fayum oasis) and at Amarna:


St. Louis Society of AIA has sponsored several educational programs involving Middle School and High School students in the St. Louis urban area. We sponsored a Service Learning Project for High School Honors Students at the Thomas Sappington House site in Crestwood, MO during the summer of 2016. Archaeological Research Center of St. Louis directed the fieldwork and prepared a report to Phase II standards of MoDNR.



President - Linda Bickel
Vice President - Prof. Peter Warnock
Secretary - Brenda Thacker
Treasurer - C. Dennis Joerger

Marily Lipman
Jan Torisi-Mokwa
Kenneth R. Williams
Jeudith Shimkus
Carol Stevens
Lawrence Taliana
Gerald Cohn
Judy Brilliant
and Caroline Pryor

The St. Louis Society of the AIA Office telephone number is (314) 432-3900

Neathery and Michael Fuller
Web Designers and Archaeologists.
Updated 23 April 2017


Press releases by the elected Board of Directors on deacessioning artifacts