In partnership with Willamette University, the Salem Society of the Archaeology Institute of America (chartered on December 29, 1995) hosts six to eight annual guest lectures by archaeologists and specialists from around the world on the Willamette campus. Some lectures present completed work, some ongoing projects, and others offer new perspectives on previously excavated material.
The talks provide a forum for faculty, students, staff, and members of the wider Salem community interested in archaeology to learn of cutting-edge research and engage with scholars and each other. Our lectures are usually attended by 70-80 people from all walks of life.
Due to COVID 19 restrictions, in-person lectures are currently suspended. Below, you can find links to video recordings of the Zoom lectures that have replaced them this year.
Fall 2021 – Spring 2022
Thursday, April 21, 2022
The Center for Ancient Studies and Archaeology and the Archaeological Institute of Archaeology
presented the Annual Rumpakis Lecture “IceAge Seafarers? Geoarchaeology and the Search for the Aegean Palaeolithic” with Justin A. Holcomb, PhD, Postdoctoral at the Kansas Geological Survey at the University of Kansas.
Thursday, November 11, 2021
The Center for Ancient Studies and Archaeology and the Archaeological Institute of America lecture “From the Mound to the Mantelpiece: Movement of Early Bronze Age Pots from The Dead Sea Plain, Jordan” with Associate Professor Morag Kersel, Department of Anthropology, DePaul University.
Thursday, October 21, 2021
The Center for Ancient Studies and Archaeology and the Archaeological Institute of America lecture with Professor Marcus Milwright, Department of Art History and Visual Studies, University of Victoria. "The Shock of the New? Writing and the Propagation of Religious Ideology in early Islam”
Thursday, October 7, 2021
The Classical Association of the Pacific Northwest and the Center for Ancient Studies and Archaeology co-sponsored “Women, Weapons, and Warfare. Weapons and Burial Goods from Old Kingdom Egypt to Early Bronze Age Anatolia” presented by Dr. Stephanie Selover, Assistant Professor, University of Washington.