Houghton Chapter 2008–2009 Lecture Series

The Houghton Chapter, Buffalo’s branch of the New York State Archaeological Association, holds free monthly meetings every third Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. in the Buffalo Museum of Science. Anyone with an interest in archaeology is welcome to attend.

Lisa Marie Anselmi, assistant professor of anthropology, is president of the Houghton Chapter; Susan Maguire, a lecturer in the Anthropology Department, is vice president. William Engelbrecht, professor emeritus of anthropology, and Elizabeth Peña, director of art conservation, serve on the board of trustees. The Houghton Chapter is also hosting the Eastern States Archaeological Federation’s meetings in Lockport, New York, November 6–9.

The Houghton Chapter is dedicated to the study and dissemination of knowledge about our region’s archaeological resources. Houghton Chapter members include both professional and avocational archaeologists, and both undergraduate and graduate students.

The February 18 talk, the City Honors Archaeology Project, is of special interest to the Buffalo State community. Megan Vickers, ’07, and graduate student Kacey Page, ’06, participated in the project, which was headed by URS Corporation archaeologist Kimberly A. Morrell. The site where City Honors now stands was purchased by the city of Buffalo for use as a cemetery for victims of the cholera epidemic of 1832. To date, more than 500 sets of remains have been disinterred. They will be reburied at Forest Lawn Cemetery.

Buffalo State College faculty, staff, and students are welcome to attend any or all of the Houghton Chapter presentations. For more information on this series, please contact Susan Maguire, 878-3867.

2008–2009 Lecture Series
The first lecture, held on September 17, featured Katherine Ragan, a graduate student in art conservation, who spoke about archaeological conservation at Mount Lykaion in Arcadia, Greece. Mount Lykaion is the site of the famous Sanctuary of Zeus. Ragan was a member of the 2008 excavation team.

October 15, 2008
Ritual Violence among the Maya
Dr. William Duncan, Assistant Professor, St. John Fisher College

November 19, 2008
Archaeology of Point Pelee National Park, Ontario, Canada
Stacey Taylor, Archaeological Services, Parks Canada

December 17, 2008
Boats, Burials, Bodies, and Blades: Expressions of Power in the Early Bronze Age Cyclades
Dr. Tristan Carter, Assistant Professor, McMaster University

January 21, 2009
Rethinking the ‘Neolithic’ in Central Anatolia: The UB West Mound Project at Çatalhöyük, Turkey
Dr. Peter Biehl, Assistant Professor, University at Buffalo

February 18, 2009
City Honors Archaeology Project
Kimberly Morrell, Archaeologist, URS Corporation

March 18, 2009
Recent Projects Conducted by the UB Archaeological Survey
Dr. Doug Perrelli, Director and Principal Investigator, University at Buffalo Archaeological Survey

April 15, 2009
Recent Work at the Navan Complex: A Civic-Ceremonial Landscape of the Bronze Age, Iron Age, and Early Christian Periods in County Armagh, Northern Ireland
Dr. Tina Thurston, Associate Professor, University at Buffalo

May 20, 2009
Investigating Interpersonal Violence in Iron Age Europe
Dr. Sarah Ralph, Research Associate, Institute for European and Mediterranean Archaeology, University at Buffalo