The Archaeological Institute of America (AIA), founded in 1879, is the oldest and largest international archaeological organization. It is a membership organization that provides public outreach, publications and archaeologically oriented activities to scholars, students and enthusiasts who simply want to learn more about the fascinating field that is Archaeology. Over 100 local societies in the U.S., Canada and Europe host lectures and other programs and serve as hubs for archaeological outreach within their communities. I’m proud to say that the Milwaukee Society, founded in 1968, is one of the most active.

Membership Information

If you are not already a member of AIA, please consider joining. Your membership in the international organization brings with it membership in your local society—the Milwaukee Society. Your membership dues help to support the activities of both the international organization and the Milwaukee Society and help us sponsor programs featuring both national and local experts who come to Milwaukee to speak directly to us about their field work and research, or who are available through AIA’s virtual platform to speak to the world—including Milwaukee—about their work. Membership dues also help the AIA support students and scholars in the field, the lab and the library and help the AIA advocate for preservation of sites
and cultural heritage.

As a member you also receive benefits. Every member receives a subscription to AIA’s colorful, lively and informative Archaeology magazine and has the option of subscribing to the online or print version of AIA’s premier scholarly journal, The American Journal of Archaeology. Members also receive discounts for the AIA’s Annual Meeting, eligibility to present at the Annual Meeting and to apply for AIA’s scholarships and grants, $100 off your first AIA Tour, and other kinds of travel discounts. K-12 educators, active-duty military and students with appropriate ID receive a generous discount on membership dues. Most of all, you have the satisfaction of belonging to a vibrant archaeological community that is actively promoting knowledge of archaeology within the wider world.

The easiest way to join AIA is through their website: www.archaeological.org/join/.

There you will find further information about different levels of membership dues and the benefits of membership at each level. And when you do join, please pick the Milwaukee Society (society code 532) as your local affiliation. We look forward to welcoming you as a

Jane C. Waldbaum, Acting President

2022-2023 Programs

Welcome to the Archaeological Institute of America-Milwaukee Society’s 2022-23 season of lectures and special programs. It will be a hybrid season with two in-person speakers on October 16, 2022 and March 12, 2023, and seven “virtual” speakers throughout the season provided by the AIA’s national office in Boston.

The schedule for Spring 2023 is as follows:

In-person Lecture

Sunday, March 12, 2023, 3:00 pm
Nancy Wilkie Lecture in Archaeological Heritage
Dr. Ömür Harmanshah, Associate Professor of Art History, University of Illinois at Chicago
“Rural Landscapes, Archaeological Fieldwork, and Cultural Heritage Destruction in Turkey”
Sabin Hall, Room G90, 3413 North Downer Ave., UWM Campus, Milwaukee

Virtual Lectures

NOTE: All lectures are free and open to the public. However, you must register for the virtual lectures. The virtual lectures will be recorded and will be available to watch on AIA’s You Tube channel a few days after the scheduled lecture, if that is more convenient for you.

January 2023 Talks

Dr. Kara Cooney, Professor of Egyptian Art and Architecture, University of California, Los Angeles
Archaeology Hour Talks
“The Good Kings: Absolute Power in Ancient Egypt and the Modern World”
Tuesday, January 17, 9:00 pm CT (Event Registration)
Wednesday, January 18, 6:00 pm CT (Event Registration)

Archaeology Abridged Talk
“Ramses the Great: Power and Patriarchy”
Thursday, January 26, 1:00 pm CT (Event Registration)

February 2023 Talks

Joan Breton Connelly, Professor of Classics and Art History, New York University
Archaeology Hour Talks
“A Maritime Small World in Western Cyprus: Yeronisos Island, Maniki Harbor, and Cape Drepanum”
Tuesday, February 21, 9:00 pm CT) (Event Registration)
Wednesday, February 22, 6:00 pm CT) (Event Registration)

Archaeology Abridged Talk
“The People of Cape Drepanum, Cyprus: A Rock Cut Family Tomb of Hellenistic and Roman Date”
Thursday, February 23, 1:00 pm CT (Event Registration)

March 2023 Talks

David Carballo, Professor of Archaeology, Anthropology, and Latin American Studies, Boston University
Archaeology Hour Talks
“Collision of Worlds: An Archaeological Perspective on The Spanish Invasion of Aztec Mexico”
Tuesday, March 14, 9:00 pm CT (Event Registration)
Wednesday, March 15, 6:00 pm CT (Event Registration)

Archaeology Abridged Talk
“Traitors or Native Conquistadors? The Role of Tlaxcala in the Fall of Aztec Mexico”
Thursday, March 23, 1:00pm CT (Event Registration)

April 2023 Talks

Sara Gonzalez, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Washington
Archaeology Hour Talks
“With, For, And By: Doing Archaeology in a Grand Ronde Way”
Tuesday, April 18, 9:00 pm CT (Event Registration)
Wednesday, April 19, 6:00 pm CT (Event Registration)

Archaeology Abridged Talk
“The Science of Storytelling”
Thursday, April 27, 1:00 pm CT (Event Registration)