St. Louis Society - Archaeological Institute of America
Founded in 1906 - we are 111 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 programs on August 21, October 19 and 21, and November 12. 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 mourn the death of 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.

St. Louis Society of AIA is happy to recommend the outstanding exhibit on King Tut at the St. Louis Science Center. The exhibit is open from May 27, 2017 to January 7, 2018. Here is the science center's webpage about the exhibit.

2017 - 2018 Lecture Schedule - Funded by the Arthur and Helen Baer Foundation

** Monday 21 August 2017, 9:30 AM - Washington State Park located 90 minutes south of St. Louis.

Professors Michael Fuller and Neathery Fuller (St. Louis Community College) will be at the Washington State Park site to document how the rock art images change (or not) during the eclipse. 9:30 am is a guided interpretive discussion (by a ranger) of the ancient Native American rock carvings. The eclipse will start at 11:49 a.m. and the total eclipse will occur at approximately 1:16 p.m. The total eclipse will last about three minutes. The address for this event is 13041 State Hwy. 104, De Soto, MO. [There is a good chance for a large crowd at this event because the location is "ideal" to view the eclipse - that is why we get there 3 hours ahead of the event.]

** Monday 25 September 2017, 7:30 PM - Missouri History Museum Auditorium
Professor David Freidel, Department of Anthropology at Washington University - St. Louis.
"Maya Time Lords: Kings, Queens and Destiny in the Archaeological Record of El Peru-Waka', Guatemala.."

Saturday, 21 October 2017, 10 AM to 2 PM - at the Thomas Sappington House Museum. Discuss French Colonial and Early American historic archaeology in St. Louis. DO NOT MISS THE NOON performance of dramatic poetry and prose popular in 1810! Learn about broken china, glassware, animal bones, buttons as well as what nourished the soul in 1810.

[Co-sponsored with Sappington House Museum Society, City of Crestwood, and the Archaeological Research Center of St. Louis. Address is 1015 Sappington Rd, St. Louis, MO 63126]

Thurs, 26 October 2017, 7:30 PM - John Burroughs School Auditorium
Dr. James Delgado, NOAA. "The Museum of the Sea" [Co-sponsored with John Burrough's school] [changed from 19 Oct date]

Sunday, 12 November 2017, 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].

Tuesday, 14 November 2017, 7:30 PM -Missouri History Museum Auditorium
Professor Kieran O'Conor, Lecturer in the Department of Archaeology at the National University of Ireland in Galway.
"Elite settlement in Gaelic Ireland, AD 1169 - 1350"

** Thursday, 7 December 2017, 7:30 PM - Missouri History Museum Auditorium
Professor Shara Bailey, Dept of Anthropology at New York University.
"CHANGE THE TEXTBOOKS! New dates for the Jabel Irhoud fossils, Morocco ".

** Wednesday, 7 February 2018, 7:30 PM - Missouri History Museum Auditorium
Professor Floyd McCoy, Dept. Natural Sciences at the University of Hawaii - Windward College.
"Volcanology and regional effects of the Late Bronze Age eruption of Thera (Greece)."[National AIA Lecturer]

Wednesday, 14 March 2018, 7:30 PM - Missouri History Museum Auditorium
Professor Sethuraman Suresh, National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage in India.
"From Kanchipura to Kampuchea: South India Art and Cultural Influences in Cambodia, Mainly Angkor Wat." [Kress lecturer for the National AIA].

Tuesday 10 April 2018, 7:30 PM - Missouri Historical Museum Auditorium
Professor Debra Foran, Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
"Town of Nebo Archaeological Project in Jordan"

** Wednesday 9 May 2018, 7:30 PM - Missouri Historical Museum Auditorium
Dr. Tim Horsley, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Dept. of Anthropology, Northern Illinois University and Managing Director, Horsley Archaeological Prospection, LLC. "Revealing Archaeological Sites using Geophysical Methods."

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

The Thomas Sappington House Museum is situated at 1015 Sappington Rd, St. Louis, MO 63126. This historic site is very significant and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It has been the focus of two seasons of Service Learning field archaeology by Young Adults from several schools in St. Louis City and County at the Sappington site. St. Louis Society of the AIA started a second simultaneous Service Learning field archaeology project during 2017 at the Bischoff Site in Madison County, Illinois.

***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 - Ken Williams
Vice President - Hon. Gerald Cohn
Secretary - Brenda Thacker
Treasurer - Mike Bickel


Prof. Peter Warnock
Constance Sinclair
Pat McWhorter
Prof. Caroline Pryor
Prof. Michael Fuller
Jeudith Shimkus
Carol Stevens
Lawrence Taliana

Neathery and Michael Fuller
Web Designers and Archaeologists.
Updated 19 October 2017


Press releases by the elected Board of Directors on deacessioning artifacts