The Roman Spectacle
AIA Tucson Outreach - The Greek Kiln
AIA Tucson Outreach - The Greek Kiln
2013 National Archaeology Day at the Arizona State Museum
The Roman Spectacle

Lecture Program

During the academic year, our society offers and co-sponsors a rich program of archaeological lectures. All lectures are free and open to the public. Below you can see the upcoming lectures for this semester. Please visit our Lecture Archive (under Lectures) for past lectures.

Finding A Common Bandwidth: Causes of Convergence and Diversity in Paleolithic Beads

September 25, 2014 - 5:30pm
Haury 216
Dr. Mary Stiner
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Monuments Men: Lessons for the Twenty-First Century Army

October 21, 2014 - 1:30pm
Fitch Auditorium, Alvarado Hall
Dr. Laurie Rush
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Cultural Property and Modern Conflict: Lessons from the Battlefield

October 23, 2014 - 12:00pm
Cochise Hall Lobby
Dr. Laurie Rush
A Brown Bag Lunch
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Protecting the Past to Secure the Future

October 23, 2014 - 5:30pm
Haury 216
Dr. Laurie Rush
Abstract: Driven by the belief that preservation of cultural property can provide shared goals and an opportunity for cross cultural and trans-national dialogue, a group of archaeologists, museum professionals, military engineers, and officers are working together at the national and international level to develop teaching materials and planning resources specifically designed to help members of military forces identify and respect cultural property and the heritage of citizens of host nations. Like it or not, members of fighting forces are often the very people humanity must rely on to save sacred places, historic structures, collections of cultural property such as museums and libraries, and even archaeological sites from the ravages of disaster both natural and man-made. From heritage mapping, to archaeology awareness playing cards, to video games and lectures, this lecture describes teaching methods, preservation accomplishments in conflict and disaster areas, plans for future effort and international cooperation, and the potential implications of these efforts for peace keeping and peace-making.
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Hatshepsut: How Woman Ascended the Throne of Ancient Egypt

November 13, 2014 - 5:30pm
110 Bannister Tree-Ring Building
Dr. Kara Cooney
Co-sponsored lecture with ARCE
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Northern Exposure: Current Excavations at Tel Abel Beth Maacah, Israel

December 2, 2014 - 4:00pm
UA Hillel Foundation
Dr. Robert Mullins
Dr. Robert Mullins will speak about the new excavation at Abel Beth Maacah, a major Canaanite, Aramean and Israelite site just one mile south of the Lebanese border in Israel.  He will discuss exciting new finds including a phenomenal silver hoard containing jewelry and ingots from the Late Bronze Age, the "Gender Agenda" program that combines coursework in gender archaeology and women in ancient Israel with the study of gender in the field, and the "Living Stones" oral history project that interviews people from the pre-1948 Arab village Abil el-Qameh to talk about the site.  Co-sponsored lecture with the Arizona Center for Judaic Studies 
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News & Events

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The AIA Tucson Society has regurarly organized award-winning outreach projects. Starting in 2004, the Society won the first AIA Local  Society Incentive Grant to build a replica of a Greek kiln. In recent years, the Tucson Society won AIA outreach grants for the Roman Spectacle and the Roman Snacktackle! Please stay tuned for future outreach projects and feel free to join us!

Roman Spectacle

Since 2011, in a grassy arena on the University of Arizona campus, the Tucson Society of the AIA—a good organization whose members love the people—presented our first ever Roman gladiatorial spectacle of magnificent proportions! Following a cross-campus pompa (procession) of participants led by our beloved emperor (Caesar Whatshisfaceus), some solemn ceremonial and imperial largesse for the hoi polloi, the games began! Featured were ferocious beasts! barbarian warriors! heartless criminals! and as culmination, the combat of four pairs of matched gladiators! Truly did all in attendance enjoy the spectacle of Roman power and justice. Praise the emperor!

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Greek Kiln Project

The AIA Tucson Local Society was the first recipient of the Archaeological Institute of America's Local Society Incentive Grant. The Society is housed in the Department of History at the University of Arizona, with many of its members and officers working or studying on campus.

Funds were put towards the construction of a Greek kiln to educate and involve AIA members, local schools, and local artists in the techniques, making, and firing of Greek style pottery. Funding also supported a first firing. Studio and vocational artists were encouraged to participate and to share their expertise. The kiln has since been used as a fundraiser for subsequent firings. K-12 schools have the facility made available to them so that students can see and learn firsthand about this aspect of ancient cultures.

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Roman Snacktacle

Ever noticed that sometimes the delectables laid out for consumption at AIA Tucson lectures and events are fancier than the average cookie or cracker? Well, they often are (even if you haven't noticed). Want proof? Have a look at the following pieces of tasty evidence, prepared by Rosalva Parada, a UA graduate in Honors History and Classics.

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