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 2021/2022) 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). This year we reflect with sadness on the death of Professor Ann Dempsey, one of our past presidents. 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.

2021 - 2022 Lecture Schedule - Funded by the Arthur and Helen Baer Foundation


Preview of 2021/2022 lectures:


25 September 2021, Saturday at 1 PM (Central Standard Time Zone). ZOOM room opens at 12:45 and lecture promptly starts at 1 PM. Sign in at 12:45, please....
**ZOOM Lecture: "New Research in Ancient Mesopotamia" by Dr. Rocco Palermo in Univesity of Groningen. THIS WILL BE A LIVE LECTURE FROM NORTHERN IRAQ.



16 October 2021, Saturday at 1 PM (Central Standard Time Zone). ZOOM room opens at 12:45 and lecture promptly starts at 1 PM. Sign in at 12:45, please.... International Archaeology Day lecture "Archaeology and the Mystery of a Church Burned Down during the Civil War" - a ZOOM presentation by Dr. Steve Dasovich, Archaeology Program Director at Lindenwood University.


13 November 2021, Saturday at 1 PM (Central Standard Time Zone). ZOOM lecture. The room opens at 12:45 and lecture promptly starts at 1 PM. Sign in at 12:45, 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 1 PM (Central Standard Time Zone). ZOOM room opens at 12:45 and lecture promptly starts at 1 PM. Sign in at 12:45, 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.



15 January 2022, Saturday at 1 PM (Central Standard Time Zone). ZOOM room opens at 12:45 and lecture promptly starts at 1 PM. ....ZOOM lecture: "Around the Ancient World in 80 potsherds" by Nora-Miriam Voss of the Austrian Archaeological Institute in Vienna.



5 February 2022, Saturday at 1 PM (Central Standard Time Zone). ZOOM room opens at 12:45 and lecture promptly starts at 3 PM. Sign in at 12:45, please....ZOOM lecture: "Archaeology of Tattoos and Skin Art" by Dr. Aaron Deter-Wolf, Tennessee Division of Archaeology.



5 March 2022, Saturday at 1 PM (Central Standard Time Zone). ZOOM Lecture entitled "Central Plains Maize Farming and the Cahokian Diaspora" by Prof. Douglas Bramforth of the University of Colorado. Room opens at 12:45 and lecture promptly starts at 1 PM. Sign in at 12:45, please..



2 April 2022, Saturday at 1 PM (Central Standard Time Zone). ZOOM Lecture entitled "New Archaeological Discoveries in England" by Katherine Neustadt, Senior Heritage Consultant at Atkins.



7 May 2022, Saturday at 1 PM (Central Standard Time Zone). ZOOM room opens at 12:45 and lecture promptly starts at 1 PM. Sign in at 12:45, please....ZOOM lecture: "New research at St. Mary's City in Maryland" by Tim Horsley of Horsley Archaeological Prospection, LLC.


Stay tuned for more details about the lectures in 2022!!!
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 - Brenda Thacker
Vice President - Constance Sinclair
Secretary - Kenneth R. Williams
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 29 December 2021