For four days in early January, archaeology took over downtown Toronto. The occasion was the 118th annual meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA), which was held from January 5-8, 2017. Over 75 research panels and workshops were part of the conference and the amount of information presented was thrilling and overwhelming.
The Department of Archaeology & Classical Studies at Laurier was well-represented at the meeting with several current and former students and two faculty members presenting their research. On Friday, Dr. Debra Foran discussed the first two seasons of excavations at her on-going project at Khirbat al-Mukhayyat in a paper entitled “The Town of Nebo Archaeological Project: Results of the First Two Seasons of Excavation at Khirbat al-Mukhayyat, Jordan”. That same day, Dr. Foran along with four students from the department who been active participants in her project presented a poster that examined a large assemblage of cooking pots recovered from the site.
On Sunday, in the final session of panels held during the conference, Dr. Scott Gallimore also discussed results of recent research in a paper entitled “On the Banks of the Ancient Streams of the Inachos: The Western Argolid Regional Project, 2014-2016”, which was co-authored with Drs. Dimitri Nakassis and Sarah James of the University of Colorado, Boulder and Dr. William Caraher of the University of North Dakota.
Laurier alumnae were also active at the conference, including Rachel Dewan (BA 2013) who helped to organize a workshop on data collection, management, and analysis. Rachel is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the History of Art department at the University of Toronto. Dr. Megan Daniels (BA 2005), a recent graduate of Stanford University and current Redford Postdoctoral Fellow in Archaeology at the University of Puget Sound, helped to organize a panel entitled “God the Anthropologist: Text, Material, and Theory n the Study of Ancient Religon” and also presented a paper on sculptural evidence from Sparta.
Overall, the conference was very successful and we are all thankful for such a well-organized and vibrant event. The AIA annual meeting moves to Boston next January and we look forward to more contributions from Laurier’s many active student and faculty researchers.