A Roman gladiatorial spectacle of magnificent proportions
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.
The Kyrenia ship, so named when it was discovered in 1964 largely intact one mile north of the northern Cypriot town of Kyrenia, is the best preserved small Greek merchant ship ever found. Its cargo included 400 amphoras, most from Rhodes along with some from Knidos, Samos, Paros, and Cyprus, 45 sizeable unused millstones, iron ingots, nearly 10,000 almonds, a consignment of oak planks and logs – and 109 whole and fragmentary vessels that comprised the goods of the... Read More
Off the northernmost tip of Scotland lie the Orkney Islands, where it is said that if you scratch the surface they bleed archaeology. This is nowhere truer than in the Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site that is renowned for some of the most iconic prehistoric monuments of Atlantic Europe: the great stone circles of the Ring of Brodgar and the Stones of Stenness; Maeshowe, the finest chambered tomb in northern Europe; and the exceptionally well... Read More
For more than three hundred years during the Late Bronze Age, from about 1500 BC to 1200 BC, the Mediterranean region played host to a complex international world in which Egyptians, Mycenaeans, Minoans, Hittites, Assyrians, Babylonians, Cypriots, and Canaanites all interacted, creating a cosmopolitan and globalized world-system such as has only rarely been seen before the current day. It may have been this very internationalism that contributed to the apocalyptic... Read More
Social networks are an important factor for fostering creativity and innovation, back in ancient Greece and today. Such networks allow people to efficiently find the resources and partners they need and help new ideas catch on and spread. The ancient Greeks were remarkably innovative -- what was their secret? What can we learn from them to make our own communities more creative? Social networks are an important part of our lives. We all live in nested networks -- our... Read More
What do we mean by ‘Gaelic Ireland’ in the period from the arrival of the Normans in 1169 A.D. to the middle of the 14th century? The conquest of Ireland in the years after 1169 was only partial, unlike England in 1066, and large parts of Ireland, particularly in the west and north, remained in some way under the control of native Irish princes and lords. The situation in Ireland bears similarity to Wales which also saw the survival of native Welsh... Read More
The Tucson AIA Society has kept an active annual program since the early days of its foundation. In this part of the website, our goal is to provide an updated archive of past lecture series. If, by any chance, you have a copy of an announcement prior to 1998, please contact us (email@example.com) so that we can update our archive.