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Join us for the next event in our year-long series of Lectures in Archaeology! Archaeologist Sethuraman Suresh (Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage) will be talking about the archaeological evidence for trade between Rome and the ancient kingdoms of South Asia.

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What connected the Roman Empire and the kingdoms of South Asia during the first centuries C.E.? Archaeologist Sethuraman Suresh addresses these questions in his talk, “East Meets West: Commerce between Ancient Rome and South Asia.”

The Roman Republic (second-first century B.C.E.) and later, the Roman Empire under Augustus, Tiberius (first century C.E.) and their successors had commercial relations with the kingdoms of South Asia, primarily India and Sri Lanka. These trade l...inks, flourished for around six hundred years and, in due course, extended to diplomatic relations and even cultural interactions. The height of the contacts was, however, unquestionably in the first two centuries C.E. The Romans procured gemstones (chiefly beryl or aquamarine), textiles (silk and cotton), ivory, aromatic woods, spices (primarily pepper and cardamom) and peacocks from South Asia. In return, Rome exported wine as well as metals such as gold, silver, copper and antimony to South Asia. The evidences for these contacts include the limited but significant references to the trade in ancient Greek, Latin, Tamil and Sanskrit literature and the recurrent discoveries of Roman coins, ceramics and a few other types of Roman objects in different parts of India and adjoining regions. The archaeological evidences within Europe are very meager mainly because of the nature of the commerce—most of the trade goods (spices, textiles, ivory, peacocks) reaching Europe were perishable commodities that have not survived for archaeology.

Based on extensive field research in South Asia and Europe, this lecture unfolds the little-known story of the Rome-South Asia contacts. The presentation takes you on a unique voyage across the places through which the Romans travelled in India and the interesting things—coins, ceramics, sculptures –that they left behind in those sites.

Dr. Sethuraman Suresh is an archaeologist and researcher with the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage. A specialist in numismatics, he has published widely on ancient Roman and South Asian coinage, among other topics. Dr. Suresh is an AIA Kress lecturer for 2017-18.

"West Meets East" is part of an ongoing series of Lectures in Archaeology presented by the Kentucky Society of the Archaeological Institute of America, in collaboration with the University of Louisville Departments of History and Anthropology. More information about the series is available at http://www.kyarchaeology.com.

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Join us for the next event in our year-long series of Lectures in Archaeology! Egyptologist Jennifer Westerfeld, Associate Professor of History at the University of Louisville, will be talking about the exploration of Egypt in the early 18th century.

How and why did Egyptology, the academic study of ancient Egypt, first develop, and what did the earliest archeological exploration of Egypt look like? Egyptologist Jennifer Westerfeld addresses these questions in her talk, “Monks, Mummies, and Men of Letters: Exploring Egypt in the Age of Enlightenment.”

Discussions of Egyptology's roots in the Renaissance and early modern periods often highlight the work of linguists, who sought to decipher the mysteries of Egyptian hierogl...yphs, and that of the archaeologists, geographers, and other scholars who famously traveled with Napoleon during his invasion of Egypt in 1798. Less well-known is the work of the seventeenth and eighteenth-century travelers and explorers whose efforts to map the historical topography of Egypt laid much of the groundwork for the scholars of the Napoleonic expedition and for the subsequent nineteenth-century flourishing of Egyptian archaeology. A key figure in this early modern exploratory activity was the French Jesuit missionary Claude Sicard, who is significant for being the first European explorer to correctly identify numerous important sites, including the ancient cities of Thebes and Abydos. This talk situates Sicard and his colleagues within the larger history of Egyptian exploration during the Age of Enlightenment, offering a window into an era when monks and missionaries might also be men of letters, working to advance European knowledge of all aspects of Egyptian history and society, both ancient and contemporary.

Jennifer Westerfeld is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Louisville and the president of the Kentucky Society of the Archaeological Institute of America. An Egyptologist by training, her research focuses on the cultural and religious history of Roman-period Egypt.

"Monks, Mummies, and Men of Letters" is part of an ongoing series of free public Lectures in Archaeology presented by the Kentucky Society of the Archaeological Institute of America, in collaboration with the University of Louisville Departments of History and Anthropology. More information about the series is available at http://www.kyarchaeology.com.

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Call for papers: KY Heritage Council's annual Archaeology Conference, March 2018

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35th Annual Kentucky Heritage Council Archaeology Conference
March 2-4, 2018
Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park

This years conference will include two short... sessions on difficult topics in cultural resource identification and management. One will address Traditional Cultural Properties, and the other will address Cemeteries. The Kentucky Heritage Council will also introduce proposed revisions to the Specifications for Conducting Fieldwork and Preparing Cultural Resource Assessment Reports that will be completed during 2018. There will be opportunities to provide written input during the revision process.

In hopes of expanding participation among all those interested in cultural resources preservation and management, we encourage submissions by architectural historians and historians as well as archaeologists.

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Join us for the next event in our year-long series of Lectures in Archaeology! Archaeologist Audrey Horning, Professor of Anthropology at the College of William and Mary and Queen's University, Belfast, will be talking about the archaeology of early British colonial settlements in Ireland and North America.

What can archaeology tell us about early British colonization in Ireland and North America? Archaeologist Audrey Horning tackles this question in her talk, "Worlds in Motion: Ireland, the Atlantic, and Early Colonial America."

Early British colonial settlements in Ireland and North America occupied a parallel and overlapping universe, so intimately connected that in the early seventeenth century, the chronicler Fynes Moryson would refer to Ireland as “this famous Island in t...he Virginian Sea”. In her lecture, Dr. Horning will draw from a range of archaeological projects in both North America and Ireland, and consider the similarities and dissimilarities between the two lands and the cultural entanglements of the early modern Atlantic. Familiar places like Roanoke, Jamestown, and Plymouth will be discussed in light of their lesser known Irish connections, while the long held notion that Ireland served as a model for New World English colonial ventures will be challenged.​

Audrey Horning is the Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the College of William and Mary, and Professor of Anthropology at Queen's University, Belfast. She holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania (Ph.D.) and the College of William and Mary, and her areas of specialization are comparative colonialism, historical archaeology, Ireland and eastern North America, and the archaeology of conflict transformation. She has done extensive fieldwork in Ireland, as well as in North America (Virginia) and the Western Isles of Scotland.

Worlds in Motion is part of an ongoing series of Lectures in Archaeology presented by the Kentucky Society of the Archaeological Institute of America in collaboration with the University of Louisville Departments of History and Anthropology. More information about the series is available at: http://www.kyarchaeology.com.

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If you missed our Bourbon Archaeology event this past Thursday, check out this great write-up!

Today's Alchemist Cabinet is a review from last Thursday evenings Bourbon Archeology event at Locust Grove - Historic Locust Grove, Inc. featuring Brian Cushing Nicolas Laracuente Maggie Kimberl and Michael Veach

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Bourbon Archaeology is TOMORROW! Don't miss out...buy your tickets today!

Just over a week until BOURBON ARCHAEOLOGY! Tickets are going quickly and space is limited, so buy your ticket today and guarantee your spot at this unique event!

Don't miss out on this unique event! Space is limited, so buy your tickets now for Bourbon Archaeology, October 5th at Locust Grove.

You probably know that bourbon has a long history…but did you know that traces of the bourbon industry’s earliest origins still survive, buried deep in Kentucky’s woods and hollers? Join us as Bourbon Archaeologist Nick Laracuente talks about his work excavating the remains of some of the oldest bourbon distilleries in the Commonwealth. Then, tour Locust Grove’s new Farm Distillery Project, watch a demonstration of early nineteenth-century whiskey production, and enjoy a bour...bon tasting led by Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Famer Michael Veach.

Tickets are $30/person and all proceeds to go support the mission of the Kentucky Society of the Archaeological Institute of America, which has been bringing archaeology to life for audiences throughout the Commonwealth since 1953.

Thanks to our sponsors for this event: Locust Grove, Bourbon Veach LLC, and the University of Louisville Liberal Studies Project.

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Coming up next Wednesday...join us to hear Dr. William Y. Adams discuss his work excavating the remains of ancient Nubia!

Join us for the first event in our year-long series of Lectures in Archaeology! Archaeologist William Y. Adams, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of Kentucky, will be talking about his work excavating the ancient Nubian site of Meinarti in the 1960s.

How do archaeologists excavate a site that was occupied for thousands of years? What can we learn from the accumulated layers of construction and debris? Dr. Adams will address these questions and more in his t...alk, “Take it from the bottom: 1500 years of Nubian history told through stratigraphy.”

The archaeological site of Meinarti, destroyed by flooding from the Aswan High Dam, was situated on an island in the Nile just to the south of Egypt, in the region known historically as Nubia. Before excavation it was an artificial mound more than 40 feet high. Excavation revealed no fewer than 18 occupation levels, covering a span from about AD 1 to AD 1500. The remains were those of six separate episodes of occupation, separated in each case by considerable periods of abandonment. As a result, each occupation phase witnessed a total rebuilding, and was markedly distinct from both its predecessor and its successor. Each reflected the cultural, social, and religious traditions of its times.

In this lecture, Dr. Adams, the excavator of Meinarti in 1963-64, will conduct viewers through the successive occupation phases not in stratigraphic but in historical order; that is, from the bottom up. In that way the markedly different architectural and artifactual remains will illustrate the dynamically evolving story of Nubian history from pagan to Muslim times, reflecting influences from Egypt, Greece, Rome, and the Islamic caliphate, grafted onto a strong, persisting local tradition.​

William Y. Adams is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of Kentucky. The author of Nubia, Corridor to Africa, which has been acclaimed by the Nubian people as their national epic and translated into Arabic, he has been decorated with the Order of the Two Niles by the government of Sudan.

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Join us for Lectures in Archaeology, 2017-18 edition! For more information on individual talks, please visit our website, www.kyarchaeology.com. Hope to see you at these great events!

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Coming up next week...join us to hear Dar Brooks Hedstrom speak about her work on the diets and foodways of early Christian monks in Egypt!

Join us for the final event in our year-long series of Lectures in Archaeology! Dr. Darlene L. Brooks Hedstrom, archaeologist and professor at Wittenberg University, will be speaking about her work tracing the diets and foodways of early Christian monks in Egypt.

Coptic and Greek sources recount vivid details about the importance of food production, distribution, and consumption habits for Egyptian monastic communities in the early Byzantine period. Recent archaeobotanical a...nd microarchaeological studies at monastic sites suggest a great diversity in food prepared at monasteries, especially the Roman condiment garum—a fermented fish sauce. I examine the extensive Egyptian monastic remains of kitchens and bakehouses that are unique in their level of preservation and variation to illustrate what we can learn about monastic life in comparison with the accounts of cooking and dining found in the literary sources. The numerous examples of preserved monastic kitchens offer remarkable sources for reconstruction the foodways of monastic communities. The material is part of a larger project Feeding Asceticism in Byzantine Monasteries: The Archaeology of Monastic Cooking to be published by Medieval Institute Publications.

Darlene L. Brooks Hedstrom is Chair and Professor of History and Director of Archaeology at Wittenberg University. She is also Senior Archaeological Consultant for the Yale Monastic Archaeology Project.

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