St. Louis Society - Archaeological Institute of America
Founded in 1906 - we are 109 years old and going strong!

Press releases by the elected Board of Directors on deacessioning artifacts


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 18 and January 25. 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.

2014 - 2015 Lecture Schedule - Funded by the Arthur and Helen Baer Foundation


** Wednesday 10 September 2014, 7:30 PM - Missouri History Museum Auditorium
Dr. Bridget Buxton, University of Rhode Island.
Underwater Archaeology: the New Holy Grails



Wednesday, 8 October 2014, 7:30 PM - Missouri History Museum Auditorium
Professor James E. Brady, California State University - Los Angeles.
Naj Tunich and the Founding of Maya Cave Archaeology.


Saturday, 18 October 2014, 10 AM to 3 PM - Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site, 7400 Grant Road, St. Louis, MO 63123.
[INTERNATIONAL ARCHAEOLOGY DAY CELEBRATION with talks and hands on study!!!!]


Special lecture at 1 pm
Archaeological Investigations about the Times of Written Records
Steve J. Dasovich, PhD - Chair of the Anthropology and Sociology Department at Lindenwood University in St, Charles, MO.

[Co-sponsored with the National Park Service - Ulysses S. Grant Historic Site.]



Tuesday, 4 November 2014, 7:00 PM - AT & T Foundation Multipurpose Room
Dr. Frances Levine, President, Missouri Historical Society
Battles and Massacres on the Southwestern Frontier
[lecture sponsored by the Mound City Chapter of the Missouri Archaeological Society on the role of archaeology in understanding historic battles in 19th century USA.]

Tuesday, 11 November 2014, 7:30 PM -Missouri History Museum Auditorium
Professor Emeritus Michael Fuller, St. Louis Community College
Viking Rituals of Life and Death

Wednesday, 10 December 2014, 7:30 PM - Missouri History Museum Auditorium
Dr. Michael K. Trimble, Chief Preservation Manager for U. S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) St. Louis District.
The Long Journey from Iraq: Investigating Mass Graves and Serving Our Veterans.


Sunday, 25 January 2015 - Lecture withdrawn by speaker.

[Stay home safe on what is usually a bad weather day! BTW, it did snow on that evening]



Tuesday, 10 February 2015, 7:30 PM - Missouri History Museum Auditorium
Professor Jeremy McInerney, University of Pennsylvania
Bouphonia: Killing Cattle on the Acropolis.



Tuesday, 10 March 2015, 7:30 PM - Missouri History Museum Auditorium
Professor Dan Bahat, St. Michael's College, University of Toronto and former Chief Archaeologist of the City of Jerusalem
The Golden Gate and the Eastern Gate of the Temple of Jerusalem.



Monday, 16 March 2015, 7:00 PM - Central Reformed Congregation at 5020 Waterman
Professor Richard A. Freund, University of Hartford.
The Ancient Synagogue and the Colossus of Rhodes, Greece.



**Tuesday 14 April 2015, 7:30 PM - Missouri Historical Museum Auditorium
Dr. Richard Buckley, University of Leicester Archaeological Services, Leicester, England.
Richard III, the King under the Car Park: the Story of the Search for the Burial Place of England's Last Plantagenet King.

Wednesday 13 May 2015, 7:30 PM - Missouri Historical Museum Auditorium
Dr. Lawrence Berman, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
A Complete Cosmos: A tomb of an Egyptian Governor and its secrets.
** This lecture is partially funded by the Archaeological Institute of America and is a selection from its national lecture circuit.

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

Directions to the Ulyssess S. Grant National Historic Site:
Take Highway 270 to Gravois Road. Drive one mile East of Gravois road to reach Grant Road.
Turn to the left (North) on Grant Road.
The park can also be accessed by the bike and walking trail!
Note: The lecture IS NOT at Grant's Farm - a commercial tourist attraction.

***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:

Quirigua

 


The officers and directors met on January 25, 2015 to consider several options for the future of the Archaeological Institute of America - St. Louis Society. The board decided to comply with the National Council resolution of January 10, 2015, and thereby maintain the Society's relationship with the National AIA. Accordingly all current officers and board members resigned, and prior to their resignations, the board selected replacement officers and board members, who, by the Society's by-laws, will serve in an interim capacity until new officers and directors are elected. The resignations and the appointment of the replacement officers and directors were effective as of Monday, January 26, 2015. The replacement officers and board members are:

Officers
President - Linda Bickel
Vice President - Prof. Peter Warnock
Secretary - Prof. V. Anne Wessely
Treasurer - Michael Bickel

Board of Directors
Carolyn Davis
Dr. William D. Blanchard
Judy Shimkus
Carol Stevens
Prof. Emeritus Ralph Rowlett
Prof. Emeritus K. Ann Dempsey
Suzzanne Bouchard
Marilyn Lipman
Janet Cuenca

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

Neathery and Michael Fuller
Web Designers and Archaeologists.
Updated 29 January 2015