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Loyola University New Orleans Hosts Archaeology Lecture Series

Loyola press release - September 28, 2016

Loyola University New Orleans partners with oldest archaeological organization in the world to bring new life into civilizations past.

(New Orleans - Sept. 23, 2016) Loyola’s Department of Classical Studies and the New Orleans Society of the Archaeological Institute of America are pleased to usher in an exciting and revealing lecture series that will transport audiences from Noah’s Ark to the 18th century.

As New Orleans approaches its Tricentennial, Loyola University New Orleans is proud to host this important seven-lecture series which tells us so much about the history and origins of not only our culture but of civilizations past. The series kicks off Louisiana Archaeology month with “Creolization and Cosmopolitan Tastes: The Archaeology of Colonial New Orleans at the City’s Tricentennial,” with speaker Dr. Ryan Gray of the University of New Orleans at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016 at 8 p.m. in the Whitney Bank Presentation Room, Thomas Hall, Loyola New Orleans, 6363 St. Charles Ave.

Dr. Connie Rodriguez, who holds Loyola’s Reverend Emmett M. Bienvenu, S.J., Distinguished Professorship in Classical Studies and serves as the Department Chair, is the President of the New Orleans Society of the Archaeological Institute of America. The Archaeological Institute of America is the oldest organization in the world with 210,000 members and over 100 Local Societies across the globe. Through their work, they strive to excavate, educate, and advocate.

As part of the series, The New Orleans Society is honored for the fourth year in a row to host the Samuel H. Kress Lecture Lectureship in Ancient Art, a rare achievement for any local society. Loyola will open its doors to Dr. Bjørn Lovén from the University of Copenhagen SAXO Institute with his lecture “A Tale of Two Sunken Harbor Cities” on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017. The lecture will explore ancient harbor settlements and how they evolved into focal points of human interaction.

“This lecture series works to raise public awareness for anybody interested about archaeology and to create a space where both archaeologists and archaeological enthusiasts can celebrate their common interests,” said Dr. Rodriguez.

“The Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) promotes archaeological inquiry and public understanding of the material record of the human past to foster an appreciation of diverse cultures and our shared humanity. The AIA supports archaeologists, their research and its dissemination, and the ethical practice of archaeology. The AIA educates people of all ages about the significance of archaeological discovery and advocates the preservation of the world's archaeological heritage.”

All lectures are free and open to the public and will take place in the Whitney Bank Presentation Room, Thomas Hall, Loyola University New Orleans at 8 p.m. Free parking will be provided in the West Road Garage.

This series includes lectures funded by AIA’s esteemed Charles Eliot Norton Memorial Lectureship, Samuel H. Kress Lectureship in Ancient Art and Martha Sharp Joukowsky Lectureship.

For the complete calendar of events, click here.