Lecture Program

2021-22 Milwaukee AIA Lectures

You may access the AIA lectures below by clicking on the highlighted link in the lecture title. You do NOT need to register to attend but for the best experience it is recommended that you download the Zoom Client for Meetings to your device. Zoom downloads for specific devices are also available on the download page. The app is free.

The event is scheduled to begin at 3:00pm but opens at 2:30. If you are experiencing difficulties joining us contact Emily Stanton at stanton9@uwm.edu.

Spring Programs — 2022

Sunday, March 6, 2022 — Virtual Lecture, 3:00 p.m.
“The Application of LiDAR Scanning for the Documentation of Ancient Cities and Regions”
Chris Fisher, Professor of Anthropology, Colorado State University

The application of airborne LiDAR for the detection and documentation of archaeological sites has initiated a ‘paradigm shift’ for Mesoamerican archaeology. Dr. Fisher will discuss results from two archaeological projects in disparate areas of Mesoamerica that have utilized LiDAR to examine intra-site and extra-site patterning. The first, centered at the site of Angamuco in the Lake Pátzcuaro Basin, Michoacán, used LiDAR as a tool to examine the spatial patterning of individual units of architecture. The second used LiDAR to document the complete settlement pattern of an unexplored valley within the Mosquitia tropical wilderness of Honduras. This work was described by author Douglas Preston in the 2017, New York Time’s bestselling book Lost City of the Monkey Gods: A True Story.

Dr. Christopher FisherDr. Chris Fisher is a Professor of Anthropology in the Anthropology Department at Colorado State University. He holds advanced degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (MA and PhD). His areas of research specialization include remote sensing technologies, environmental and climate change, and sustainability. Since 2006 he has been applying LiDAR technology to mapping archaeological sites and features in Mexico and Honduras. His research has been funded by the National Geographic Society, NASA, IBM, and the National Science Foundation. Professor Fisher’s publication projects include several edited volumes and numerous scholarly papers. He is a National Geographic Explorer as well as founder and director of the Earth Archive project, which seeks to scan the entire surface of the globe.

For more about Chris Fisher: https://www.chrisfisher.science
and the Earth Archive project: https://www.theeartharchive.com/

Sunday, February 6, 2022 — Virtual Lecture, 3:00 p.m.
“Traveling Prehistoric Seas: Boats, the Oceans, and Archaeological Evidence for Precolumbian Voyages”
Alice Kehoe, Professor Emeritus, Marquette University

The idea that Columbus discovered an unknown New World in 1492 was popularized in the nineteenth century as part of U.S. “Manifest Destiny” propaganda for taking over the American continent. Indians were labeled “Savages” isolated from the rest of the world and incapable of great works. Similarities between Old World and American crafts are still conventionally said to be independent inventions, and long ocean voyages impossible. The Guinness Book of World Records shows that even a paddleboard has been sailed between American and Europe, twice. This lecture shows varieties of boats capable of crossing oceans; obvious evidence that people crossed ocean straits more than 100,000 years ago in the South Pacific; archaeological evidence of movements around the Pacific in the Terminal Glacial Period; and archaeological evidence of transpacific contacts between Southeast Asia and Mesoamerica during the medieval spice trade about 1200 C.E. Woodland ceramics in eastern North America are best explained by introduction across the North Atlantic from coastal Scandinavia, as hypothesized by Stuart Piggott. DNA analyses now confirm interpretations formerly dismissed as “impossible”.

Dr. Alice KehoeDr. Alice Kehoe is Emeritus Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Social and Cultural Sciences at Marquette University. Dr. Kehoe is well-known in American archaeology for challenging traditional perspectives and questioning widely held assumptions. She holds a BA degree from Barnard College and a PhD from Harvard University. She has conducted extensive archaeological and ethnographic fieldwork in Montana and Saskatchewan focusing on bison drives, historic trading posts, and a range of other types of sites. She has published sixteen books including several that are used in undergraduate anthropology and archaeology courses. Dr. Kehoe taught undergraduate students for over 30 years, and credits her classroom experiences for honing her abilities to communicate complex archaeological topics and theories to public audiences. In additional to Traveling Prehistoric Seas (Left Coast Press, 2016), Dr. Kehoe has a number of other books to her credit including The Ghost Dance (Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 2006, 2nd edition) and The Land of Prehistory (Routledge, 1998). In March 2022 her memoir Girl Archaeologist: Sisterhood in a Sexist Profession will be published by the University of Nebraska Press.

For more about Alice Kehoe: https://alicekehoe.com


Fall Programs — 2021

Sunday, November 14th, 2021 — Virtual Lecture, 3:00 p.m.
“Sardis: Recent Discoveries from the Bronze Age until the End of Antiquity”
Nicholas D. Cahill, University of Wisconsin-Madison

The Archaeological Exploration of Sardis expedition has carried out large-scale, scientific excavations at the site in western Turkey since 1958. Over these 5+ decades, archaeologists have documented the emergence and development of Sardis, capitol of the Lydian Empire of the 7th and 6th centuries BCE, and of one of the great cities of the ancient world. Utilizing spectacular aerial imagery, Dr. Nicholas Cahill, Director of the Sardis Expedition since 2008, will discuss the geography, history and challenges of excavating such a large and complex site and will provide a backdrop for understanding recent discoveries and research. The speaker will address current archaeological questions including: Who were the Lydians that built Sardis as the capitol of their ancient kingdom? What does the early development of the city look like? What cultural transformations are evident when the native capitol becomes a Greek polis? What can the collapse of Sardis tell us about the “End of Antiquity” in the 7th c AD? On-going site conservation efforts will also be featured.

Nicholas Cahill

Dr. Nicholas Cahill is Professor of Greek and Roman Art and Archaeology in the Department of Art History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Since 2008 he has directed the Archaeological Exploration of Sardis expedition, overseeing both fieldwork and serving as the series editor of the Sardis Reports, Monographs, and Studies series. He holds advanced degrees from the University of California-Berkeley (MA and PhD) and has areas of specialization in Greek & Roman art and archaeology; Anatolian art and archaeology; Greek city planning; interrelationships between Greece and the Near East; Achaemenid Persia; and Greek epigraphy. Professor Cahill’s publication projects include Household and City Organization at Olynthus (Yale University Press, 2002), co-authorship of The City of Sardis: Approaches in Graphic Recording (Harvard University Art Museums, 2003), and editor of Love for Lydia. A Sardis Anniversary Volume Presented to Crawford H. Greenewalt, jr. (Sardis Report 4, 2008).

For more about Nicholas D. Cahill:

Saturday, October 16th 2021 — International Archaeology Day
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Sunday, October 17th 2021 — Virtual Lecture, 3:00 p.m.
Aridity and Adaptation among Arabian Bronze Age Communities: Investigating Mobility and Climate Change Using Isotope Analysis”
Lesley A. Gregoricka, University of South Alabama

The rapid aridification of southeastern Arabia at the end of the Umm an-Nar period (2700-2000 BCE) coincided with mater changes in material culture and social organization demarcating the subsequent Wadi Suq period (2000-1600 BCE). However, climate change has rarely been directly observed in the tissues of the people who themselves experienced it. Here, stable oxygen isotopes from the dental enamel of those interred in monumental third and second millennia BCE tombs at the Shimal Necropolis in the United Arab Emirates were used to evaluate shifts in climate. Strontium and carbon isotope values were similarly investigated to assess the impact of an increasingly arid climate on mobility patterns and dietary intake. These isotopes reveal regional aridification over time, but also continuity in lifestyle, suggestive of a resilient community that sought to maintain their way of life in the face of environmental change.

Lesley A. Gregoricka

Dr. Lesley A. Gregoricka is an Associate Professor at the University of South Alabama in Mobile. She holds degrees in anthropology from Ohio State University (MA and PhD) and the University of Notre Dame (BA). Her areas of specialization include bioarchaeology, forensic science, Bronze and Iron Ages, and isotopic analyses of mobility, climate change, and diet in Arabia and the southern Levant. Professor Gregoricka’s has recently co-edited several volumes including Mortuary and Biological Perspectives on the Bronze Age in Arabia (University Press of Florida) and Purposeful Pain: The Bioarchaeology of Intentional Suffering (Springer). She currently co-directs a multi-year National Science Foundation project focusing on the biolarchaeology of Bronze Age social systems.

For more about Lesley A. Gregoricka: