The Cleveland Archaeological Society (CAS) is a local chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA). Each year, CAS sponsors a series of lectures, which are held at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History in the Museum’s Murch Auditorium on the second Wednesday of the month. A reception with coffee, tea, and cookies follows each talk at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History that affords attendees an opportunity to meet and talk with our speaker. All lectures are free and open to the public.


“Between Two Worlds: The Archaeological Conundrum of Wallacea”
David McGahan, PhD candidate, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia
Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 7:30p.m.

Lying at the geographic, ecological, and cultural crossroads between Sunda (mainland east Asia) and Sahul (Australia and Papua New Guinea), the islands of Wallacea are pivotal to understanding the prehistoric links that span these disparate worlds. Recent archaeological excavations in the region have yielded globally significant discoveries that challenge interpretations of human evolution, and our ancestors’ technological and expressive ingenuity. This presentation is a synopsis of Wallacea’s role in the hominin record, interpreting ancient DNA studies, the region’s many waves of population movement, the relationship to Aboriginal Australia, and includes findings from current excavations on Sulawesi.


“Active Landscapes and Dynamic Neighborhoods of Downton Cahokia”
Dr. Melissa Baltus, Department of Anthropology, University of Toledo
Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 7:30p.m.


Illuminating the Ancient Egyptian Ritual Landscape
Dr. Meghan Strong, Research Associate, Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 7:30p.m.


Archeological Finds from China’s Lower Yangzi Delta
Dr. Clarissa von Spee, Chair of Asian Art and Curator of Chinese Art, CMA
Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 7:30p.m.


Kites, Tombs, and Houses in the ‘Land of Conjecture’: New Discoveries in the Black Desert, Jordan
Dr. Yorke Rowan, Oriental Institute, University of Chicago
Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 7:30p.m.


“Health, Wealth, and Death in Mesopotamia: Investigating Identity in the Nimrud Queens’ Tombs”
Tracy Spurrier, University of Toronto (The Donald R. Laing, Jr. Lectureship of CAS)
Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 7:30p.m.


The Maya Mosaic: Solving the Puzzle of Ancient Maya Politics (CAS Fundraiser, Ticket Required)
Dr. Simon Martin, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Thursday, May 9, 2019, 5:30p.m., The Cleveland Museum of Natural History