Archaeological Institute of America
Dickinson College is home to the South Pennsylvania Society chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America, and with the support of the AIA, will host lectures during the fall 2017 and spring 2018 semesters.
The lectures will begin at 6:30pm, and will be held in Denny Hall, room #317.
The lectures are free and open to the public.
2017-18 Lecture Schedule:
Thursday, November 9, 2017
"Ceremonial Stone Landscapes of Northeastern North America"
Lecturer: Dr. Laurie Rush, Cultural Resources Manager and Army Archaeologist
Over the past 350 years, Europeans have systematically separated Native Americans of northeastern North America from their places of religious significance and ceremony. Disenfranchisement has taken the form of characterizing sacred places as locations of devil worship; attribution of aboriginal stone architecture to ancient European visitors; failure to appreciate Native American understanding of celestial events, and archaeological identification of aboriginal stone features as farmers’ piles and root cellars. This lecture explores the historic dynamics that have prevented serious identification and study of the ceremonial stone landscapes and features of the northeast and discusses the critical importance of using existing data sets to initiate regionally focused research on these sites.
Dr. Laurie Rush
Cultural Resources Manager and Army Archaeologist
Fort Drum, New York
Thursday, February 8, 2018
"Greek Triremes & the Orgins of Democracy"
Lecturer: Dr. John R. Hale
Director of Liberal Studies, College of Arts and Sciences
University of Louisville