Lecture Program

Spring 2021 Events

Living on the Edge: The Roman Frontier in Britain and the Site of Vindolanda

Elizabeth M. Greene, Canada Research Chair in Roman Archaeology, Associate Professor,University of Western Ontario
Thursday, January 28, 2021, 1:00pm ET
On Zoom (Register Now)

The Roman frontier in Britain is one of the most explored, excavated, and well-trod historic landscapes anywhere in the world and Dr. Elizabeth Greene has been part of this exploration for almost twenty years. This talk will first introduce you to the spectacular landscape of the Hadrian’s Wall corridor and then zoom in on the extraordinary site of Vindolanda in the central sector of this region. From its unparalleled architectural remains of the Roman fort and settlement to the amazing archaeological finds unearthed below, the site of Vindolanda displays vividly the lives of ordinary people living on the edge of the Roman empire nearly two thousand years ago.

In the Footsteps of Roman Soldiers: The Extraordinary Archaeological Finds from Roman Vindolanda

Elizabeth M. Greene, Canada Research Chair in Roman Archaeology, Associate Professor,University of Western Ontario
Thursday, February 11, 2021, 1:00pm ET
On Zoom (Register Now)

Since modern excavations began in the 1960s, the site of Vindolanda on Hadrian’s Wall has revealed some of the most extraordinary and often unique archaeological finds from any Roman site. Dr. Elizabeth Greene has been a part of the team organized by the Vindolanda Trust researching the site for almost twenty years and will share some of the highlights of that research in this talk. Following on the first talk in this series on the site of Vindolanda and its frontier landscape within the region of Hadrian’s Wall, this talk will focus on Dr. Greene’s research on the objects and implements of daily life that help us understand the people who populated this site nearly two-thousand years ago. The presentation focuses on Dr. Greene’s work on the collection of thousands of archaeological shoes and leather objects from the site and contextualizes this material within the context of social change on a dynamic Roman frontier.

Beth Greene Dr. Elizabeth M. Greene earned her PhD from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Department of Classics and has taught in the Classics Department at Western for 10 years. Her excavation and research specialize in the Roman provinces and frontiers, with particular focus on Roman Britain and the dynamic military communities that inhabited the frontiers of the northwest provinces. Dr. Greene has been part of the archaeological team at Vindolanda since 2002 and led the excavations in the North Field area of the site for a decade. She is currently the principal investigator of the Vindolanda Archaeological Leather Project and co-director of the Vindolanda Field School. Her research has been funded extensively by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation. Her archaeological research has been published in international venues since 2012, much of which focuses on the social role of women, children and families in Roman military communities.

For more information see Dr. Greene’s faculty web site.

Fall 2020 Event

November 15, 2020 at 3:00pm

The flyer on local archaeology that was distributed to members in early August will be the focus of an online conversation with several experts who will be available to answer your questions on November 15, 2020 at 3:00pm. Those of you who took advantage of the great weather to visit Aztalan, the various mound sites, shipwrecks and historical locations this summer and fall will be able to ask an archaeologist with expertise in one or more of these places any questions you might have about the sites and what we know about them. Our distinguished experts will include Dave Overstreet and Alice Kehoe, prehistory archaeologists; Kevin Cullen, an underwater archaeologist; Amy Rosebrough, an Effigy Mound expert; and Jocelyn Boor, an expert on local historic archaeology including Trimborn Farm. A link to the event will be sent to all members.

Local Archaeology Flyer
Free, Safe Visits to Milwaukee Area Archaeological Sites (PDF 1.7mb)

Sneak Preview of Spring Programs

We have an outstanding set of national and local lecturers lined up for the Spring program.

First up, on February 21, 2021, is Dr. Andrew J. Koh from MIT will be giving the Matson Lecture and will discuss the extraordinary career of Harriet Boyd Hawes, her excavations in Crete, and how research collections continue to shed light on trade and social complexity in the ancient Mediterranean world.

Our March 7, 2021 lecture will feature UWM’s own Joshua Driscoll who will present the results of his experimental archaeological research in which he examines the role that fermented beverages (beer, mead, and wine) played in feasts and rituals in Iron Age Europe.

The third lecture, the Russell Lecture, will be presented on April 11, 2021 by Dr. Darian Marie Totten from McGill University. Dr. Totten will demonstrate how multiple data sets from the Salapia Exploration Project combine to illuminate daily life in an Adriatic port city during the Roman and Late Antique periods. We also plan to hold another virtual Archaeologist Talk-Back panel on experimental archaeology about which more details will be forthcoming.

In the event that live lectures are not possible in the Spring, please know we are working with the AIA national office to secure an on-line platform that will accommodate our needs.