St. Louis Society - Archaeological Institute of America
Founded in 1906 - we are 115 years old, healthy and going strong!
Be sure and like our "public group" Facebook page where we post announcements and pictures of the lectures.


The St. Louis Society sent telegrams in 1918 to Clarence Bloomfield Moore and Arthur Stanley Riggs advising them not to come to St. Louis for their scheduled lectures; the city was in the grips of the Spanish Influenza Pandemic. We began holding public lectures after the Pandemic had passed. The St. Louis Society of the AIA is following the example of our ancestors; we will resume public lectures after the Covid-19 Pandemic has been declared "over" and large public meetings are "safe."

Our lectures during 2020/2021 will be hosted using the ZOOM cloud meeting application. 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 (virtually in 2020/2021) 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 and the era of Judy Brilliant (who spearheaded our first Youth Education program and organized our lecture schedule for decades).


All lectures are free and open to the public. The lectures are color powerpoint presentations. Our past lectures covered a wide variety of topics including Old World and New World archaeological discoveries.

2020 - 2021 Lecture Schedule - Funded by the Arthur and Helen Baer Foundation


26 September 2020, Saturday at 3 PM (Central Standard Time Zone). ZOOM room opens at 2:45 and lecture promptly starts at 3 PM. Sign in at 2:45, please....
**ZOOM Lecture: "The Archaic Smiles: It's No Laughing Matter" by Dr. Jeffrey M. Hurwit in the Department of Art and Architecture at the Univeristy of Oregon. [Norton lecturer for the National Archaeological Institute of America].

17 October 2020, Saturday at 3 PM (Central Standard Time Zone). International Archaeology Day lecture "Historic Archaeology of Missouri" - a ZOOM presentation by Dr. Steve Dasovich in the Anthropology Program at Lindenwood University. ZOOM room opens at 2:45 and lecture promptly starts at 3 PM. Sign in at 2:45, please....


21 November 2020, Saturday at 3 PM (Central Standard Time Zone). ZOOM room opens at 2:45 and lecture promptly starts at 3 PM. Sign in at 2:45, please....
**ZOOM lecture: "Missing the Boat: Ancient Dugout Canoes in the Mississippi-Missouri Watershed" by Dr. Peter H. Wood (Duke University). [Doris Stone lecture provided by the National AIA]

View (Recorded) Canoe Zoom Lecture

5 December 2020, Saturday at 3 PM (Central Standard Time Zone). ZOOM room opens at 2:45 and lecture promptly starts at 3 PM. Sign in at 2:45, please....ZOOM lecture: "Jerusalem's Forgotten Southern Hill - Mt. Zion" by Dr. Michael Wurz in the Institute for Archaeological Sciences at Goethe-Universitat Frankfurt am Main.

16 January 2021, Saturday at 3 PM (Central Standard Time Zone). ZOOM room opens at 2:45 and lecture promptly starts at 3 PM. Sign in at 2:45, please....ZOOM lecture: "Early Modern Italian reception of MesoAmerica" by Dr. Davide Domenici in the Department of History and Cultures at the Universita di Bologna.


6 February 2021, Saturday at 3 PM (Central Standard Time Zone). ZOOM room opens at 2:45 and lecture promptly starts at 3 PM. Sign in at 2:45, please....Zoom lecture "The Objects and People of Hadrian's Wall in Roman England" by Dr Rob Collins in the School of History, Classics, and Archaeology at Newcastle University.

View (Recorded) Zoom lecture on Hadrian's Wall



6 March 2021, Saturday at 3 PM (Central Standard Time Zone). ZOOM room opens at 2:45 and lecture promptly starts at 3 PM. Sign in at 2:45, please....ZOOM lecture: "Roman Figural Lamps from Antioch on the Orontes" by Ani Eblighatian, Departement des sciences de l'Antiquite - Universite de Geneve.

View (Recorded last half...) Zoom lecture on Roman Lamps found at Antioch



10 April 2021, Saturday at 3 PM (Central Standard Time Zone). ZOOM room opens at 2:50 and lecture promptly starts at 3 PM. Sign in at 2:50, please....Zoom lecture "The Virgin's Lot: Christian Archaeology and Architecture of Georgia" by Dr. Emma Loosley in the Department of Theology and Religion at the University of Exeter.

View recorded Zoom lecture on ancient Georgia

Preview of 2021/2022 lectures:


25 September 2021, Saturday at 3 PM (Central Standard Time Zone). ZOOM room opens at 2:45 and lecture promptly starts at 3 PM. Sign in at 2:45, please....
**ZOOM Lecture: "New Research in Ancient Mesopotamia" by Dr. Rocco Palermo in Univesity of Groningen.



16 October 2021, Saturday at 3 PM (Central Standard Time Zone). International Archaeology Day lecture "Archaeology of Southeast Missouri" - either a ZOOM presentation or Live presentation by Dr. James E. Price of Naylor, MO.


13 November 2021, Saturday at 3 PM (Central Standard Time Zone). maybe ZOOM or Maybe LIVE! room opens at 2:45 and lecture promptly starts at 3 PM. Sign in at 2:45, please....
**"Tracing the Origins of Art in Africa" by Dr. Michael Chazan (University of Toronto). [Joukowsky lecturer provided by the National AIA]


11 December 2021, Saturday at 3 PM (Central Standard Time Zone). ZOOM room opens at 2:45 and lecture promptly starts at 3 PM. Sign in at 2:45, please....ZOOM lecture: "New discovery of a Roman Legionary Base at Legio, Israel" by Dr. Matthew J. Adams, director of the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem.
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:
Fowke

Painted Rock in Osage County, MO.

Dawson Mounds in Boone County, Missouri.

Easley Mounds in Boone County, Missouri.

Utz village in Boone 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:
Hewitt Quirigua.
St. Louis Society provided funds for archaeological field work by Sir W. M. Flinders Petrie (1921 - 1922) at the Egyptian sites of Amarna, Oxyrynchus, and Haragah.
Petrie Amarna
Recent Young Adult Service Learning Field Projects:
Lemp site in St. Louis, MO.

Sappington site in St. Louis County, MO.

Bischoff site in Madison County, IL.

OFFICERS
President - Kenneth R. Williams
Vice President - Constance Sinclair
Secretary - Brenda Thacker
Treasurer - R. Michael Bickel

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Stephen Hanpeter (2021)
Lawrence O. Taliana (2021)
Suzanne Sessions (2022)
Carol Stevens (2022)
Prof. Peter Warnock (2023)
Paricia McWhorter (2023)


Neathery and Michael Fuller
Web Designers and Archaeologists.
Updated 11 April 2021