AIA and APA Joint Annual Meeting - New Orleans, January 8-11, 2015 - Archaeology at Work

Special Events 2014

Thousands of conference attendees networked, reconnected with colleagues, and socialized with peers at events designed to engage and entertain. The AM is not only a venue where 800 speakers present their latest research it also supplies an opportunity to engage with nearly 3,000 other professionals and enthusiasts from related fields.  The special events at the AM vary in topic and scope, from the Public Lecture "How to Stage a Bloodbath: Theatricality and Artificiality at the Roman Arena" by Dr. Garrett Fagan to a professional development workshop, “Issues in the open access publication of archaeological research results” organized by Dr. J. Theodore (Ted) Peña.  Please see a full listing of AIA-organized special events in 2014 below and please consult the final AM Programs or utilize the online scheduling tool to see the full listing of events offered at the next meeting.

Thursday, January 2

Public Lecture
(6:00 p.m.—7:00 p.m. located in the Regency Ballroom, Sections C&D)
This year's Public Lecture and Opening Night Reception (ONR) will be in two separate spaces, both located in the West Tower of the Hyatt. We are thrilled to announce that this year's Public Lecture will be presented by long-time AIA member and former Chair of the Program for the Annual Meeting Committee, Dr. Garrett G. Fagan.  Professor Fagan will begin the night with his lecture "How to Stage a Bloodbath: Theatricality and Artificiality at the Roman Arena," which explores the theatrical and artificial aspects of Roman arena games—the stage sets, equipment of the fighters, rules of play, etc.—and considers what such features tell us about Roman attitudes toward the violence of the games and how spectators reacted to it psychologically.  Please join us in the Regency Ballroom, sections C & D, from 6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

Garrett G. Fagan is Professor of Ancient History at Penn State University. His main research interests lie in the field of Roman history and archaeology, on which he has published two monographs (Bathing in Public in the Roman World [Ann Arbor, 1999] and The Lure of the Arena [Cambridge, 2011]). He has edited or co-authored three other books, and has numerous scholarly articles and chapters in print. He has appeared on the acclaimed PBS science series Nova and on the History Channel, and has produced three courses with The Teaching Company on the History of Ancient Rome, Emperors of Rome, and Great Battles of the Ancient World.

Opening Night Reception
(7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. located in the Crystal Ballroom, West Tower, Green Level)
Immediately following the Public Lecture, Annual Meeting attendees are invited to the Opening Night Reception located in the Crystal Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Join your colleagues for the Institute's largest party of the year. Over 700 guests will take advantage of this opportunity to network and socialize while enjoying cocktails and light hors d'oeuvres in this stunning glass-enclosed ballroom. There is no cost to attend the public lecture, however, the ONR does require the purchase of a ticket: $30 USD for attendees, $20 USD for students. Tickets may be purchased at the door or during conference registration.

Beginning Career Professionals Cocktail Networking Hour
(9:00 p.m.—10:00 p.m. located in the Skyway Suite 260, East Tower, Blue Level)
Hosted by the AIA and open to graduate, doctorate, and post-doctorate students, this informal event welcomes dozens of enthusiastic career professionals and invites them to network over cocktails with their peers.

Friday, January 3

AIA Societies Representatives' Breakfast
(7:00 a.m.-8:30 a.m. located in the Plaza Ballroom A&B, East Tower, Green Level-behind American Craft Restaurant off the main lobby)
The breakfast hosted by the AIA's Vice President of Societies, Thomas Morton, is a wonderful opportunity for Society Representatives to mingle, socialize, swap ideas, and discuss issues relevant to the organizations and management of Local Societies. The breakfast will include brief presentations on Society programs, updates on the Outreach Grant Program, and an opportunity for attendees to discuss new ideas and directions for AIA Local Societies.
Note: This event is open to Society representatives, by invitation only.

Gold Medal Colloquium
(8:30 a.m.—11:30 a.m. located in the Crystal Ballroom B, West Tower, Green Level)
The Gold Medal Colloquium in honor of Hugh Sackett, entitled  Between Greek Prehistory and History, will celebrate his work as a field archaeologist, teacher, and now AIA Gold Medalist. The session is organized by Carl Knappett of the University of Toronto. Mr. Sackett has excavated throughout Greece and Crete, including Mycenae and Sparta, and is perhaps best known for his work at Lefkandi and Palaikastro. Mr. Sackett has published landmark articles and monographs for both of these sites. Please join us for the AIA Awards Ceremony later in the evening to celebrate Mr. Sackett and many other honorees.

NEH Funding Appointments
(10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.)
See below for info.

Awards Ceremony & Cocktail Reception
(6:00 p.m.—8:00 p.m. located in the Crystal Ballroom B, West Tower, Green Level)
Each year, the AIA presents a number of awards to archaeologists, educators, authors, and others whose work has had a positive impact on the field of archaeology. Join us at the Awards Ceremony to celebrate the achievements of this year's 2014 AIA Award winners. Please click here or scroll to the bottom of the page to see a list of the honorees.  To find out more about each award or see a list of past winners please visit

Professional Development Workshop: Open Access Publication
(6:00p.m.—8:00p.m. located in the Crystal Ballroom C, West Tower, Green Level)
The Annual Meeting in Chicago will feature a Professional Development Workshop exploring the topic of Open Access in Publications.  The event is organized andmoderated by J. Theodore Peña, AIA Academic Trustee, member of the Editorial Board for California Classical Studies, and Professor of Roman Archaeology at the University of California, Berkeley. Panelists representing a broad array of perspectives will present what they regard as the key issues surrounding open access publication, followed by open discussion among the panel and with the audience. Please join us for this evening discussion. A cash bar will also be available in the meeting room.

AIA Lightning Session
(6:00 p.m.—8:30 p.m. located in the Regency Ballroom D, West Tower, Gold Level)
After its smashing success in Seattle we welcome back to the Program this fast-paced, informal series of 5-minute presentations covering topics in current research, case-studies, and methodological problems. Audience members are encouraged to join in open discussion following each presentation, as one of the primary objectives of the session is to receive feedback in an open forum. The session is open to scholars in all levels of their careers and is organized by the AIA Student Affairs Interest Group.

AIA Norton Society Reception
(8:00p.m.–9:00p.m. located in the President's Suite)
Members of the Charles Eliot Norton Legacy are invited to a festive reception in celebration of their important support and commitment to the AIA's programs and efforts. This event is open to Norton Society Members by invitation. To learn more about the Norton Society or to become a member, please click here.

Saturday, January 4

NEH Funding Appointments
(10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.)
See below for info.

Joint AIA and APA Roundtable Discussion Session
(11:30a.m.–1:00p.m. located in the Exhibit Hall, Grand Ballroom, East Tower, Gold Level)
The Roundtable Discussions have continued to be well attended and, together with the APA, the AIA Program Committee is pleased to present new topics this year. Topics include issues of intellectual and practical importance to archaeologists and classicists. Members of both societies will lead discussions at individual tables. Sign-up sheets are located on the message boards in the conference registration area. Attendees are welcome to bring lunch to the roundtable discussions.

AIA President Elizabeth Bartman's Plenary Session
(2:45p.m.—5:15p.m. located in Crystal Ballroom C, West Tower, Green Level)
Dr. Elizabeth Bartman, current President of the AIA, will be presenting her last Presidential Plenary Session of her term, entitled Food and Drink.  Like its predecessors, this third Presidential panel considers a fundamental theme of archaeological inquiry within a variety of cultures—both New and Old World—with the aim of elucidating broad conclusions.  The individual papers draw upon a range of research tools including the latest scientific advances in genetic research and chemical analysis to generate new data.  Several papers demonstrate how food archaeology can reconstruct the lives of non-elite peoples who are otherwise essentially undocumented in the material (and textual) record.  Together they confirm the old adage, “we are what we eat.”
AIA President Elizabeth Bartman's Plenary Session: Food and Drink
2:45 Introduction (10 min.)
2:55 Social Dimensions of Plant Food in South America: The Role of Chile Pepper in Creating Society
Christine A. Hastorf, University of California, Berkeley (20 min.)
3:20 Food, Cooking, and Society Identity: Intercultural Households in the Colonial Network of Uruk, Mesopotamia, ca. 3700 B.C.E.
Gil J. Stein, Oriental Institute, The University of Chicago (20 min.)
3:45 Explorations into the Complexity of Foodways of Nonelite Roman Urbanites
Steven Ellis, University of Cincinnati (20 min.)
4:05 Break (10 min.)
4:15 Pleasure, Health, Wealth, and Chocolate in Ancient Mesoamerica
Janine Gasco, California State University–Dominguez Hills (20 min.)
4:40 Drinking Matters: Alcohol as Embodied Material Culture (the Archaeologist's Guide to Drinking)
Michael Dietler, The University of Chicago (20 min.)

Council Meeting
(5:30p.m.–7:30p.m. located in Crystal Ballroom B, West Tower, Green Level)
Join us in celebrating the 135th Birthday of the AIA at the 135th Meeting of the Council. All AIA Council members are encouraged to attend and AIA general members are also welcome to attend Council and may check-in at the observers registration desk in the Foyer of the Crystal Ballroom. An observers section is designated in the room. During the Council meeting, AIA Officers will inform the membership about the Institute's activities that took place over the past year and will detail plans for the future. The Council will also vote on changes to the AIA's regulations as well as elect new members of the Governing Board. This particular Council Meeting will also elect a new AIA President who will serve the Institute for the next three years as we say thank you to outgoing President Dr. Elizabeth Bartman for more than a decade of service to the Institute.

The AIA and APA Joint Annual Meeting is excited to offer a special opportunity to attendees to meet with a senior programs officer at NEH to discuss your funding needs.

You've got a great project—now all you need is the money to support it. Where do you get it? Why do certain projects get funded and others don't? What should the key elements of your application be?

Find the answers to these questions and more by making an appointment to meet with a representative from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Maneuvering through the grant process can be challenging, but by understanding what the funder is looking for, you can help take some of the guess work out of the process and increase your chances for success. Mary Downs, a Senior Programs Officer from NEH will be onsite and is excited speak with attendees about funding opportunities across all NEH offices and divisions—including Public Programs, Research, Education, Digital Humanities, as well as her own Division of Preservation and Access funding programs.

How to make an appointment to discuss your grant application:

Appointment availability: Friday, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

There are eight appointment times available as each appointment is a half an hour in length. AM attendees should email Ms. Downs directly at you may also stop by the AIA kiosk for additional information. (Appointments are limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis).

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
Mary Downs, Senior Programs Officer
Division of Preservation and Access
National Endowment for the Humanities
1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20506

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) offers a range of grant opportunities to advance knowledge in all fields of the humanities. Forms of research grants, which are available to both individuals and groups of collaborators, include:

  • education grants in the form of summer seminars and institutes to promote research and advanced training for teachers at both the college and high school levels;
  • preservation and access grants intended to conserve and make available important humanities collections;
  • public programs awards to support exhibitions and documentaries aimed at the general public
  • challenge grants offering matching funds for building and endowment projects; and
  • digital humanities fund applications in support of integrating technology to humanities topics.

All applications undergo a rigorous process of peer review; information on awarded grants and application guidelines can be found on the NEH website (

2014 AIA Award Winners

Gold Medal Award for Distinguished Archaeological Achievement
L. Hugh Sackett

L. Hugh Sackett attended Oxford University (Merton College) where he received his Lit Hum (1949-53) MA and Dip. Ed. (1954). Since then, he has divided his time between teaching classics and classical archaeology at Groton School (Groton, MA) and fieldwork/study at the British School at Athens. Since 2008, Mr. Sackett has been the Honorary Vice President of the British School. He has excavated throughout Greece and Crete, including Mycenae and Sparta, and is perhaps best known for his work at Lefkandi and Palaikastro. Mr. Sackett has published landmark articles and monographs for both of these sites.

Martha and Artemis Joukowsky Distinguished Service Award
Ann Santen

Ann Santen recently ended a term as a Society Trustee of the AIA and she has served as society president of the Cincinnati Society since 2007. Under her guidance, Cincinnati has expanded its reach into the community by increasing its membership to include more local residents and students of all ages. Having volunteered her time as a non-professional AIA member, Ms. Santen went further than the average volunteer, increasing the footprint of archaeology in the Cincinnati area by recruiting graduate students from universities for an outreach program that interacts with schools and community centers throughout the metro area. Before retirement, Ms. Santen had a successful career as the General Manager at Cincinnati's premier public radio station. In 2004-2005, she joined the UC Classics Department on an excavation at Apollonia in Albania.

Pomerance Award for Scientific Contributions to Archaeology
Waldo Tobler

Waldo Tobler received degrees in Geography from the University of Washington in Seattle, worked at the University of Michigan and is currently Professor Emeritus at the University of California in Santa Barbara, where he previously held the positions of Professor of Geography and Professor of Statistics. His awards include a Lifetime Achievement Award in GIS by ESRI and a Doctorate honoris causa (1988) from the University of Zurich, Switzerland. He has been on several committees and councils including in the National Science Foundation sponsored National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis, the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association, the Regional Science Association, the Mathematical Social Science Board, the US delegate to the International Geographical Union Commission on Geographical Data Processing and Sensing, the National Academy of Sciences of the United States, and prior to his retirement, the Royal Geographical Society of Great Britain. Having used computers in geographic research for over forty years he is known for his publications and the "first law of geography" (1970) as well as his invention of several map projections. He has also been involved with the National Research Council and the Board on Earth Sciences, and has been on the editorial board of The American Cartographer, Journal of Regional Science, and the International Journal of Geographical Information Systems, among others. Recent work involves building a global, latitude-longitude oriented, demographic information base with resolution two orders of magnitude better than was previously available.

Outstanding Public Service Award
Corine Wegener

Corine Wegener is Cultural Heritage Preservation Officer in the Office of the Under Secretary for History, Art and Culture at the Smithsonian Institution, where she coordinates the Smithsonian's role in the preservation of cultural heritage threatened by natural disasters, human conflict, and other challenges. She earned Master of Arts degrees in both Political Science and Art History from the University of Kansas and a bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award
Steven Tuck

Steven L. Tuck is Professor and Chair of Classics at Miami University. He received his BA in History and Classical Languages at Indiana University (1986) and his PhD in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan (1997). The postdoctoral Arthur and Joyce Gordon Fellowship in Latin Epigraphy at The Ohio State University (1997) concluded his education forcing him to seek gainful employment. He has received several awards, including the E. Phillips Knox Teaching Award, the Outstanding Professor Award, and the Rackham Research partnership Award, among others. Prof. Tuck's work focuses on the archaeology of the Roman provinces, topography and monuments of ancient Rome, and Latin epigraphy. In 2006, he published Latin Inscriptions in the Kelsey Museum: The Dennison & De Criscio Collections (University of Michigan Press), which presented all of the Latin inscriptions in the Kelsey Museum for the first time.

James R. Wiseman Book Award
Mycenaean Greece, Mediterranean Commerce, and the Formation of Identity by Bryan Burns

Professor Bryan Burns received his B.A. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1993) and his MA & PhD in Classical Art and Archaeology at the University of Michigan (1999). Currently working as Associate Professor of Classical Studies at Wellesley College, a Co-Directorof Eleon Excavations (Eastern Boeotia Archaeological Project) in Greece, and President of Archaeological Institute of America Boston Society, his research specialty is Aegean prehistory, the study of early cultural phases in the Greek mainland and Aegean islands, in particular the Late Bronze Age societies of Minoan Crete and Mycenaean Greece (ca. 1700 - 1100 BCE). He has published Mycenaean Greece, Mediterranean Commerce, and the Formation of Identity (Cambridge 2010) and is actively engaged in archeological fieldwork, studying the ancient settlements in a broad agricultural plain in the region of Boeotia in central Greece. He is also co-chair of the Lambda Classical Caucus, an affiliate organization of the American Philological Association, which promotes research bridging classics, gender theory, and the history of sexuality, and was recently elected to the Alumni Council of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, the premiere research institute for the study of antiquity in Greece.

Felicia A. Holton Book Award
Tutankhamen by Joyce Tyldesley

Joyce Tyldesley earned a first-class honours degree in archaeology from Liverpool University, and a doctorate in Prehistoric Archaeology from Oxford University. In 2011 she was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Bolton. She is currently a Senior Lecturer in Egyptology at Manchester University, where she writes and teaches the online Certificate and Diploma courses in Egyptology to students of all ages and experiences, worldwide. She is a Research Associate of the Manchester Museum and President of Bolton Archaeology and Egyptology Society. She is also a part-qualified Chartered Accountant, and spent seventeen years supporting her developing writing career by working as a manager for a firm of chartered accountants. Her many publications are designed to make archaeology accessible to non-professionals, by providing readable yet accurate accounts of the past.

Outstanding Work in Digital Archaeology Award
Fasti Online

Elizabeth Fentress has worked as a field archaeologist since graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, earning her MA from the University of London and PhD from Oxford. Her chief interest is in the archaeology of the longue durée in the Mediterranean; to this end she has directed projects in Italy (Cosa, Marsala, Alatri, Villa Magna), Tunisia (Jerba, Utica), Algeria (Sétif, Diana Veteranorum) and Morocco (Volubilis), collaborating in almost all cases with local partners. In the process, Dr. Fentress has tried to create a model of what American archaeology abroad can be: collaborative rather than colonial, with a strong emphasis on the formation of students from all nationalities in the techniques of archaeological excavation, from digging through publication. This was the aim of the Summer Program in Archaeology at the American Academy in Rome, which she created and co-directed with Malcolm Bell and Russell Scott for 10 years. Her role as Mellon Professor at the AAR (1995-8) can be seen in the same light: opening up the institution to its Roman context. The Fasti Online is a natural outgrowth of this view, bringing together the archaeology of a number of countries in a single website which is greater than the sum its individual parts.

Best Practices in Site Preservation Award
California Archaeological Site Stewardship Program

The California Archaeological Site Stewardship Program (CASSP) is a statewide program, directed by the Society for California Archaeology. CASSP trains local volunteers to regularly visit assigned sites on public lands and report their conditions to the local supervising archaeologists. By regularly monitoring sites, CASSP ensures that potential problems are detected early and can be corrected quickly, thus limiting the extent of damage at each site. CASSP operates under the philosophy that public lands belong to all of us and as members of the public we need to find responsible ways to engage in protecting sites. Trained site stewards provide an additional interface between the recreational user and the agency archaeologists so that resources can be protected from harm and managed for future generations. Since the program's inception in 1999, nearly 1,400 people have participated in 75 CASSP training workshops at locations across the state.

Conservation and Heritage Management Award
Staffordshire Hoard Conservation Project

The Staffordshire Hoard Conservation Project (SHCP) is a unique project executed by the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. Since its inception in 2010, the project has utilized an innovative, team-based approach to conservation. SHCP's open and collegial approach to establishing a conservation team attracted several professional conservators who brought with them considerable conservation experience. With the help of these professionals, the SHCP was able to ensure the highest standard of conservation possible for the gold and garnet Anglo-Saxon artifacts. Due to the hoard's immediate popularity following its discovery and acquisition by Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent, SHCP made it a priority to involve the interested public in the conservation efforts. Public programs included open lectures, studio tours, family days, and written and video blogs that were launched by the conservation team to create a supportive public community that felt engaged and involved with the team and the project.

Graduate Student Paper Award
Annemarie Catania

Annemarie Catania completed her B.A. in Liberal Arts at St. John's College in Annapolis and began her PhD at Johns Hopkins, earning an M.A. in Classics in 2010. She is currently completing her dissertation at the Philipps University in Marburg, Germany.

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The photo used througout the Annual Meeting site is by Jens Haas. It pictures the Classical Studies Graduate Program at Columbia University's APAHA excavation at Stabiae, Italy.