St. Louis Society - Archaeological Institute of America
Founded in 1906 - we are 112 years old and going strong!
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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 program on November 11. 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. This year, we celebrate the contributions to the St. Louis Society made by Judy Brilliant; she spearheaded our first Youth Education program and organized our lecture schedule for decades. She will be missed at our dinners and lectures. Nothing pleased her more than to see High School students attending our lectures because that meant there would future members of our society.

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.

2018 - 2019 Lecture Schedule - Funded by the Arthur and Helen Baer Foundation

** Monday 24 September 2018, 7:30 PM - Missouri History Museum Auditorium
Jim Brewster,Group Projects Assistant Manager at Family Tree DNA . "Applications of DNA analysis in archaeology."

Saturday, 20 October 2018, 11 AM to 3:30 PM - at Missouri History Museum.. Three lectures to honor the memory of Judy Brilliant held on INTERNATIONAL ARCHAEOLOGY DAY.

11 am. Janet V. Stephens (Experimental Archaeologist) will lecture and demonstrate "Ancient Roman Hairdressing: Fiction to Fact"

1 pm Professor Alexis Castor (Associate Professor in the Department of Classics at Franklin & Marshall College) "More Than Glitter: Jewelry in Ancient Greece and Etruria."

2:30 pm Professor Michael Fuller (Professor Emeritus at St. Louis Community College) "Judy Brilliant and the mysteries of Caesarea Maritima"

[Co-sponsored with the Missouri History Museum]

Sunday, 11 November 2018, 2:00 PM - Sappington House, Library of Americana located at 1015 South Sappington Road, St. Louis, MO 63126. Artifats on Display -"Research results of the Service Learning Archaeological Project at Thomas Sappington House" [Lecture co-sponsored with the Sappington-Concord Historical Society]

Tuesday, 13 November 2018, 7:30 PM -Missouri History Museum Auditorium
Professor Warren Riess, Research Professor of maritime history and archaeology at the University of Maine
"The Ship That Held Up Wall Street" [Steffy Lecturer for the National AIA]

** Tuesday Dec. 11, 2018, 7:30 PM - Missouri History Museum Auditorium
Professor James Hoffmeier, Trinity International University. "Akhenaten and the Origins of Monotheism"

** Wednesday, 6 February 2019, 7:30 PM - Missouri History Museum Auditorium
Professor Charles Golden, Brandeis University.. "Life and Afterlife among the ancient Maya."

Wednesday, 13 March 2019, 7:30 PM - Missouri History Museum Auditorium
Robert F. Mazrim, Illinois State Archaeological Survey. "Recent Archaeological Research at Ste. Genevieve, MO."

Tuesday 9 April 2019, 7:30 PM - Missouri Historical Museum Auditorium
Professor Alison Futrell, Associate Professor of Roman History with the University Arizona. "Sex in the Roman Arena" [Joukowsky Lecturer for National AIA].

** Wednesday 1 May 2019, 7:30 PM - Missouri Historical Museum Auditorium
Professor Emerita Gale Owen-Crocker from the University of Manchester; formerly Professor of Anglo-Saxon Culture and Director of the Manchester Centre for Anglo-Saxon Studies. "The Significance of the Bayeux Tapestry."

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

Ulysses S Grant National Historic Site Auditorium located at 7400 Grant Rd, St. Louis, MO 63123. The site is very significant and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Be sure and enjoy the exhibits on historic archaeology in the museum.

***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:



President - Kenneth R. Williams
Vice President - Hon. Gerald B. Cohn
Secretary - Brenda Thacker
Treasurer - R. Michael Bickel

Prof. Michael Fuller (2019)
Prof. Caroline Pryor (2019)
Prof. Peter Warnock (2020)
Constance Sinclair (2020)
Pat McWhorter (2020)
Prof. Ralph Rowlett (2021)
Lawrence O. Taliana (2021)

Neathery and Michael Fuller
Web Designers and Archaeologists.
Updated 21 August 2018


Press releases by the elected Board of Directors on deacessioning artifacts