Category Archives: Brown Bags

Our weekly lunchtime lectures on archaeology across the globe. All talks are free and open to the public. No registration is required.

Brown Bag Talks for Fall 2017

Brown BagTalks are held
Thursdays from 12:00-1:00 PM
Rhode Island Hall, Room 108
Brown University, 60 George Street, Providence, RI

 

September 21, 2017:
Carl Walsh (Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Brown University)
A Cup for Any Occasion? The Materiality of Elite Drinking Practices and Experiences in the Kerma State

September 28, 2017:
Itohan Osayimwese (History of Art and Architecture, Brown University)
Translating 19th-Century German Ethnoarchaeology: Hermann Frobenius’ African Building Types and Other Essays

October 5, 2017:
Shiyanthi Thavapalan (Egyptology and Assyriology, Brown University)
Counterfeiting Nature: Developments in Glass-Making and Glass-Working in the Late Bronze Age Near East

October 19, 2017:
Eva Mol (Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Brown University)
Making Myth Real: Objects in Herodotus’ Histories and Material Epistemology

October 26, 2017:
Nicholas Laluk (Anthropology, Brown University)
Ndee (Apache) Archaeology: Cultural Tenets as Best Practice

November 2, 2017:
Katia Schörle (Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Brown University)
Economic Integration Principles and Competitive Markets in the Roman World: An Example from the Edge (Palmyra)

November 16, 2017:
Kaitlin McCormick (Anthropology, Brown University)
Contexts of Collection: Comparing Emma Shaw’s Northwest Coast and Subarctic Collections, 1884-1897

November 30, 2017:
Brian Lander (History, Brown University)
Living with Wetlands in the Yangzi Valley

December 7, 2017:
Graham Oliver (Classics, Brown University)
Re-Thinking Things: Archaeological Theory, Words on Objects, and Mediation. Reflections from the Greek Inscriptions in the RISD Museum

Brown Bag Talks for Spring 2017

Brown BagTalks are held
Thursdays from 12:00-1:00 PM
Rhode Island Hall, Room 108
Brown University, 60 George Street, Providence, RI

Please note that we are still adding to our schedule, and these dates are not yet finalized.

February 2, 2017:
Brendan Weaver (Berea College)
The Archaeology of the Aesthetic: Slavery and the Jesuit Vineyards of Nasca, Peru

February 9, 2017:
Eduardo Neves (Harvard University)
Was There Ever a Neolithic in the Neotropics?

February 23, 2017:
Lia Dykstra (History of Art and Architecture, Brown University)
An Authentic Fake:  Appropriating Romanesque Architecture for Barcelona’s 1929 International Exposition

March 2, 2017:
Axel Posluschny (Keltenwelt am Glauberg)
What Have the Romans Ever Done for Us?

March 9, 2017:
Nancy Jacobs (History, Brown University)
The African Grey Parrot: A Global History

March 16, 2017:
Catalina Mas Florit (Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Brown University)
From Roman to Byzantine: Shaping the Rural Landscape in Late Antique Mallorca (Balearic Islands, Spain)

March 23, 2017:
Tamar Hodos (University of Bristol)
Manipulating Luxury? Understanding the Production and Distribution of Decorated Ancient Ostrich Eggs

April 13, 2017:
Samantha Lash (Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Brown University)
From Soil to Society: Framing Land Use and Climate Change in the West Mediterranean during the 1st Millennium BCE

April 20, 2017:
Jana Anvari (Flinders University)
New Stories on Old Buildings: Recent Work on the Architecture of the Chalcolithic Çatalhöyük West Mound

April 27, 2017:
Sergio Escribano Ruiz (University of the Basque Country and JCB Research Fellow)
Basque Fishing along the North Atlantic: Capitalism, Mobility, Colonialism and Sensoriality

Brown Bag Talks for Fall 2016

Brown BagTalks are held
Thursdays from 12:00-1:00 PM
Rhode Island Hall, Room 108
Brown University, 60 George Street, Providence, RI

Please note that we are still adding to our schedule, and these dates are not yet finalized.

September 29, 2016
Katherine Brunson (Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Brown University)
Zooarchaeological and Genetic Evidence for Cattle Domestication in Ancient China

October 13, 2016
Sophie Moore (Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Brown University)
Archives Are Archaeological Objects

October 20, 2016
Bathsheba Demuth (History, Brown University)
Agency Sits in Places: Arctic Ecology and Modern Ideology in the Bering Strait, 1840-1980

October 27, 2016
Jeff Moser (History of Art and Architecture, Brown University)
Excavating China’s First Archaeologist

November 3, 2016
Laura Hawkins (Egyptology and Assyriology, Brown University)
Uncovering Meaning in Undeciphered Writing Systems: The Role of “Postscripts” in Proto-Elamite Texts

November 10, 2016
Benjamin Alberti (Framingham College)
Body/Image: Towards an Ontology of Anthropomorphism in First Millennium CE Northwest Argentina

November 17, 2016
Meltem Toksoz (Middle East Studies, Brown University)
Archaeology as History: 19th century Ottoman Conceptualizations

December 1, 2016
Emily Booker (Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Brown University)
Material Girls in a Material World: Anthropomorphic Clay Figurines on Cyprus from 1750-750 BCE

December 8, 2016
JIAAW Fall 2016 Proctor Presentations

Brown Bag Talks for Spring 2016

Brown BagTalks are held
Thursdays from 12:00-1:00 PM
Rhode Island Hall, Room 108
Brown University, 60 George Street, Providence, RI

Please note that we are still adding to our schedule, and these dates are not yet finalized.

 

February 18, 2016:
Craig Cipolla (Royal Ontario Museum)
Mending Stone: Confronting Vibrant Matters in New England Heritage

March 3, 2016:
Jonathan Ruane (Boston University)
Urban Geography at the Classic Maya Center of Xultun, Guatemala: Neighborhoods and the Ordering of Space

March 10, 2016:
David Quixal (Universitat de València)
Settlement Pattern and Cultural Change from the Iron Age to the Roman Period in the Inland Valencia (Eastern Iberia)

March 17, 2016:
Catie Steidl (Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Brown University)
Isn’t It Ionic? [Don’t You Think?]

March 24, 2016:
Pinar Durgun (Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Brown University)
Putting the Dead in Their Place: Anatolian Cemeteries in Context

April 7, 2016:
Miguel Angel Cau Ontiveros (Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Brown University)
Pollentia (Mallorca, Balearic Islands): The Transformation of a Provincial Roman City

April 14, 2016:
Ignacio Grau (Universidad de Alicante)
Social Meanings of Fortified Landscape in the Iberian Iron Age

April 21, 2016:
Itohan Osayimwese (History of Art and Architecture, Brown University)
Sea, Wall, Camp: Architecture and the Migration Crisis in Europe

April 28, 2016:
Yongsong Huang (Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences, Brown University)
Linking Climate Change with Cultural and Anthropological Events Using  Recalcitrant Lipids in Archaeological Remains

Brown Bag Talks for Fall 2015

Brown BagTalks are held
Thursdays from 12:00-1:00 PM
Rhode Island Hall, Room 108
Brown University, 60 George Street, Providence, RI

Please note that we are still adding to our schedule, and these dates are not yet finalized.

October 1, 2015:
Nicholas Carter (Haffenreffer Museum, Brown University)
Hinterland History and Hierarchy: The Transformation of a Late Classic Maya Landscape

October 8, 2015:
Douglas Armstrong (Syracuse University)
Small Farm to Large Scale Plantation: The Shift to Capitalism and Slavery in Barbados… and a Preliminary Look at “The Cave of Iron”

October 15, 2015:
Parker VanValkenburgh (Anthropology, Brown University)
El Contrato del Mar: Forced Resettlement and Maritime Subsistence at Carrizales, Zaña Valley, Peru

October 22, 2015:
Tate Paulette (Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Brown University)
“Not to Know Beer Is Not Normal”: The Archaeological Invisibility of Beer and Brewing in Bronze Age Mesopotamia

October 29, 2015:
Ian Randall (Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Brown University)
A Connected Insularity: Conceptualizing Byzantium’s Island Frontiers

November 19, 2015:
Margaret Andrews (Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Brown University)
The Construction of Commemorative Landscapes in Rome’s Subura during the Imperial and Christian Periods

December 3, 2015:
Jen Thum (Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Brown University)
“Ramesses was Here”: Royal Rock Inscriptions at the Ends of the Egyptian World

Brown Bag Talks for Spring 2015

Brown BagTalks are held
Thursdays from 12:00-1:00 PM
Rhode Island Hall, Room 108
Brown University, 60 George Street, Providence, RI

Please note that we are still adding to our schedule, and these dates are not yet finalized.

February 12, 2015:
Andrew Dufton (Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Brown University)
How Do You Solve a Problem Like the City?

February 19, 2015:
Kathryn Howley (Egyptology & Assyriology, Brown University)
Foreign Exchange: The Role of Egyptian Material Culture in Middle Napatan Nubia

February 26, 2015:
Sarah Newman (Anthropology, Brown University)
Sharks in the Jungle: Real and Imagined Sea Monsters of the Maya

March 5, 2015:
Martin Furholt (Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Germany)
Changing Materialities and the Mobilization of Social Practices: The Expansion of the Neolithic Out of Anatolia

March 12, 2015:
Kathryn McBride (Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Brown University)
Extreme Hoarders: Coin Hoards and Entangled Practices in Roman Scotland

March 19, 2015:
Alexander Smith (Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Brown University)
Indigeneity and Colonial Response: The Metamorphoses of Balearic Culture in the Late Iron Age

April 9, 2015:
Clive Vella (Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Brown University)
Against Change: The Central Mediterranean, Desired Stability, and the Never-Ending Pursuit

April 16, 2015:
Mireia López-Bertran (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona)
Bodies, Jars and Figurines of the Punic Mediterranean

April 23, 2015:
Tamara Chin (Comparative Literature, Brown University)
Afterlife Economies: Archaeological and Literary Contexts of Money in Early China

Brown Bag Talks for Fall 2014

Brown BagTalks are held
Thursdays from 12:00-1:00 PM
Rhode Island Hall, Room 108
Brown University, 60 George Street, Providence, RI

Please note that we are still adding to our schedule, and these dates are not yet finalized.

September 25, 2014:
Miriam Müller  (Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Brown University)
Ancestor Cults and Household Identity at Tell el-Dab’a, Avaris

October 9, 2014:
Brett Kaufman (Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Brown University)
Politics, Prayer, and Pollution at the Neo-Punic Urban Mound of Zita, Southern Tunisia

October 16, 2014:
James Osborne (Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Brown University)
Return to Mesopotamia: The Iron Age Diaspora and the Erbil Plain Archaeological Survey

October 23, 2014:
Matthew Reilly (Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Brown University)
Race on the Caribbean Plantation: Archaeology and the “Redlegs” of Barbados

October 30, 2014:
Anne Hunnell Chen (History of Art and Architecture, Brown University)
New Directions at the Late Antique Palace ‘Felix Romuliana’

November 6, 2014:
Mihalis Kavouriaris (The Ikarian Centre)
A Modern Greek Course for Archaeologists on the Island of Ikaria

November 13, 2014:
Patricia McAnany (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Beyond Colonial Churches: Community Archaeology at Tahcabo, Yucatán

November 20, 2014:
Hallie Meredith (University of Massachusetts Dartmouth)
Engaging Objects: Openwork Vessels and Gold-Glass from the Late Roman Period

Brown Bag Talks for Spring 2013

Talks are held
Thursdays from 12:00-1:00 PM
Rhode Island Hall, Room 108
Brown University, 60 George Street, Providence, RI


January 31
Andrea Roppa (University of Leicester)

Divergent colonial situations? Nuragics and Phoenicians in Iron Age Sardinia

February 7
Sylvian Fachard (Joukowsky Institute, Brown University)

As Boeotian as it gets? Studying the walls of Eleutherai within their landscape.

February 21
Alyce de Carteret (Anthropology, Brown University)

The Red Shift: Insights into Polity Aesthetics from the Maya Site of El Zotz, Guatemala

February 28
M. Willis Monroe (Egyptology and Ancient Western Asian Studies, Brown University)

The Black Stone of Desire: Diorite Trade in the Persian Gulf, Unpacking a Commodity of Opportunity

March 7
Suzanne Pilaar Birch (Joukowsky Institute, Brown University)

Before the Neolithic…: Forager Lifeways in Mesolithic Croatia and the Transition from Hunting to Herding

March 21
Christian Marek (Classics, Brown University)

Political Institutions and language: the process of Hellenization in Western Anatolia

April 4
Rachel Engmann (Joukowsky Institute, Brown University)

Come and Take Back Your Stuff!: Excavating The Royal Museum of Central Africa, Colonialism and Postcolonial Realities in Belgium

April 11
Susan Herringer (Engineering & Joukowsky Institute, Brown University)

Investigations into Archaeometallurgy using Neutron Radiography and Tomography

TUESDAY, April 16
Marjon Steedman (University of Glasgow)

Romanization and Early Latin Inscriptions on Sardinia

April 18
Alexander Smith (Joukowsky Institute, Brown University)

Island Indigeneity and Empire: An Exploration of the Spanish Balearic Islands in Late First Millennium B.C.E.

April 25
Timothy Sandiford (Joukowsky Institute, Brown University)

Petihor’s Problem: Living and Working in the Northern Abydos Settlement Site, Upper Egypt

Brown Bag Talks for Fall 2012

Talks are held
Thursdays from 12:00-1:00 PM
Rhode Island Hall, Room 108
Brown University, 60 George Street, Providence, RI


September 13
Sturt Manning (Cornell University)

The Roman World and Climate: Context, Relevance of Climate Change

September 27
Amanda Lynch (Geological Sciences, Brown University)

The role of the Yorta Yorta people in clarifying the common interest in sustainable management of the Murray-Darling Basin, Australia

October 4
Fotini Kondyli (Joukowsky Institute, Brown University)

Memory and Power at the Borders of the Byzantine Empire

October 11
Tesse D. Stek (Leiden University)

State Organization and Cult Places in Latin Colonies

October 25
Andrea Matranga (Pompeu Fabra University, Spain)

Mankind’s Best Mistake: How The First Farmers Accepted Subsistence Living in Exchange for Stability

November 1
Elizabeth Murphy (Joukowsky Institute, Brown University)

November 8
Cinzia Pappi (Egyptology and Ancient Western Asian Studies, Brown University)

Recent Excavations at Satu Qala in Northern Iraq

November 15
Alba Serino (University of L’Aquila)

The Cistercian Order in Middle Age: a topographic approach to the study of Cistercian landscape developments in France and Italy

November 29
Cristina Corsi

Radiography of the past. Integrated non-destructive approaches for studying complex archaeological sites

Brown Bag Talks for Spring 2012

Talks are held
Thursdays from 12:00-1:00 PM
Rhode Island Hall, Room 108
Brown University, 60 George Street, Providence, RI

February 2
Kevin Smith (Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology)

Symbols of Power and the Color of Belief: Legitimation, Place, and State Formation in 13th Century Iceland

February 23
Julia Troche (Egyptology and Ancient Western Asian Studies)

Education and Virtual Reality: An Exemplar of a Ptolemaic Temple

March 1
Thomas Garrison (Anthropology and Joukowsky Institute)

Re-Thinking Regional Analysis in Lowland Maya Archaeology

March 8
Eben Gay (Engineering)

REVEAL: Excavation Tools for the Twenty-First Century

March 15
Felipe Gaitan-Ammann (Anthropology)

Good to Show, Good to Eat: Traveling Pots in the Spanish Golden Age

March 22
Carrie Murray (Joukowsky Institute)

Investigating Cultural Interaction and Identity Formation through Material Culture and Social Practices at the Greek Colony of Emporion

April 5
Timothy Sandiford (Joukowsky Institute)

A City No Less than Thebes? A Report on the Northern Abydos Settlement Site (Upper Egypt) 2011-2012 Season

April 10 (TUESDAY!)
Leonardo López Luján (Museo del Templo Mayor, Mexico City)

Cosmology in Teotihuacan and Recent Archaeological Work at the Pirámide de la Luna

April 12 (THURSDAY!)
Sarah Ralph (Harvard University)

Performing Violence in Iron Age Europe

April 19
Felipe Rojas (Joukowsky Institute)

Signs of God, Signs of Men: Ancient Interaction with Foreign Scripts in the Mediterranean

April 26
Christoph Bachhuber (Joukowsky Institute)

The Early Bronze Age at Zincirli (Ancient Sam’al) in Southeastern Turkey: a Platform to Consider ‘Hurrian’ Monumental Modifications of Settlement Mounds

May 3
Jessica Nowlin (Joukowsky Institute)

Reorienting Orientalization: Iron Age Central Italy Beyond the ‘Princely’ Tombs

May 10
John “Mac” Marston (Anthropology)

Towards a Regional Perspective on Agricultural Sustainability in the Imperial Eastern Mediterranean