St. Louis Society - Archaeological Institute of America
Founded in 1906 - we are 116 years old, healthy and going strong!
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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 host two face-to-face programs during this year. The rest of our programs 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 2022/2023) 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.

2022 - 2023 Lecture Schedule - Funded by the Arthur and Helen Baer Foundation




24 September 2022, Saturday at 1 PM (Central Standard Time Zone). ZOOM Lecture: "The Archaeology of Dreams and what it tells us about Climate Change" by Dr. David S. Whitley, Adjunct Professor in the School of Geographical Sciences at Arizona State University. Room opens at 12:45 and lecture promptly starts at 1 PM. Sign in at 12:45, please...



15 October 2022, Saturday at 2 to 6 PM (Central Standard Time Zone). International Archaeology Day lecture "Project Archaeology - welcome to public, private and home school students" - a presentation by Gail Lundeen, past president of the Missouri Archaeological Society. Program held at the Sappington House Museum.


5 November 2022, Saturday at 1 PM (Central Standard Time Zone). ZOOM lecture "Roman/Byzantine ruins at Gadara in Jordan" by Sufyan al-Karaimeh (University of Leiden - Netherlands) Room opens at 12:45 and lecture promptly starts at 1 PM. Sign in at 12:45, please...


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10 December 2022, Saturday at 1 PM (Central Standard Time Zone). ZOOM lecture: "Time Team Adventures and Community Archaeology" by Dr. Alexandra Jones ( Assistant Professor of Practice in History and Anthropology at Goucher College). Room opens at 12:45 and lecture promptly starts at 1 PM. Sign in at 12:45, please...

14 January 2023, Saturday at 1 PM (Central Standard Time Zone). Face-to-Face lecture: "Chemical Analysis and Dating of Ancient Rock Art" by Dr. Karen Steelman, director of Shumla's new C-14 plasma oxidation laboratory and a key member of the Shumla Research Leadership Team. [Location to be scheduled, soon]


4 February 2023, Saturday at 1 PM (Central Standard Time Zone). ZOOM lecture: "Art expressions of the intimate life in Pompeii, the Lupanare Grande" by Cyril Dumas (Curator at the Musee Yves Brayer Baux de Provence). Room opens at 12:45 and lecture promptly starts at 1 PM. Sign in at 12:45, please...



4 March 2023, Saturday at 1 PM (Central Standard Time Zone). ZOOM Lecture entitled "Rise and Fall of Classic Maya Kings" by Prof. Lisa J. Lucero of the University of Illinois. Room opens at 12:45 and lecture promptly starts at 1 PM. Sign in at 12:45, please... [Joukowsky lecturer provided by the National AIA]

15 April 2023, Saturday at 1 PM (Central Standard Time Zone). ZOOM Lecture entitled "Diet and Cuisine at Pompeii" by Dr. Scott Stull ( SUNY - Cortland). Room opens at 12:45 and lecture promptly starts at 1 PM. Sign in at 12:45, please...
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6 May 2023, Saturday at 1 PM (Central Standard Time Zone). ZOOM lecture: " Discoveies in the Wadi el-Hudi, Egypt" by Dr. Kate Liszka (California Sate University, San Bernardino). Room opens at 12:45 and lecture promptly starts at 1 PM. Sign in at 12:45, please...
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 21 July 2022