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Ashley Brennaman wins Lambda Alpha Graduate Research Grant Award

Congratulations to the doctoral student Ashley Brennaman for winning the Lambda Alpha Graduate Research Grant Award! Sponsored by Lambda Alpha — the national honor society for anthropology — this award is one of only six given nationwide each year. Ashley’s… Read More

Alum Nikita Sessler Werner featured in recent Discover Magazine article

UWM Anthropology is proud to share that Nikita Sessler Werner’s 2019 MS thesis on the archaeological evidence for child labor in prehistoric European mining contexts is featured in the June 2020 issue of Discover magazine. You can read the article… Read More

Alum Angela Glaros Writes about Teaching the Anthropology of Food in latest Anthropology News

Alum Angela Glaros, a former student of William Washabaugh, and her colleague, Mariah Slaughter, try to blend anthropological theory with a hands-on approach in the classroom. They discuss their experiences in the latest edition of Anthropology News. You can read… Read More

Amy Klemmer and Allison Kotowicz Receive Graduate School Fellowships

Congratulations are in order for Amy Klemmer and Allison Kotowicz. Amy Klemmer, received a Graduate School Distinguished Graduate Student Fellowship to support her ongoing research on prehistoric fishing strategies practiced along the coast of Ecuador and the potential impacts of… Read More

Alum Rick Edwards to Present Research for Lake Mills Aztalan Historical Society, March 21st

Alum Rick Edwards will be presenting his research about the indigenous people and civilizations in the Lake Mills area, on Saturday, March 21, 2 p.m. at the Lake Mills City Hall, Community Room, 200 Water St. Follow the link below… Read More

Dr. Perley interviewed by the Oberlin Review

Dr. Perley recently visited Oberlin College in Ohio and was interviewed by the school paper. Follow the link below to the interview: Dr. Bernard C. Perley, Cartoonist and Anthropologist

AIA Lecture Series: When Did Vesuvius Explode?

Sunday, February 9 2020 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Sabin Hall G90

Sunday, February 9, 2020, 3:00pm
Pedar Foss, Professor, Classical Studies, DePauw University, Indiana
Title: When Did Vesuvius Explode?

It has long been held, on the basis of a letter of Pliny the Younger, that Mt. Vesuvius erupted on 24 August, AD 79. But after excavators began to work at the sites of Herculaneum at Pompeii, some scholars expressed doubts, suggesting a date later in the autumn of that year. Debate has increased with recent paleo-environmental research and the find of an inscription last year. Scholars have divided over a topic that might appear trivial—after all, most archaeological sites never enjoy such a precise date. But it is an excellent case study for testing our methods of historical and archaeological research, and I will lift the lid on those methods.

Ruins at Pompeii with Mount Vesuvius in the background.

As part of a book project (Pliny and the Destruction of Vesuvius, Routledge 2021), I have collated, for the first time, every manuscript and printed edition of Pliny’s Letters 6.16 and 6.20, in order to track and analyze the literary tradition of the date through its surviving evidence. I have also compiled a reconstruction of the pre-eruption landscape and coastline, and collected all recent volcanological and archaeological research about the event. Having made a multidisciplinary reconstruction of what happened over the two terrifying days of the eruption, I can now offer an answer to the question of when Vesuvius exploded.

Pedar FossPedar W. Foss is Professor of Classical Studies at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, where he has worked since 1999. As a teacher, he conducts courses in Latin, ancient history and literature, and art and archaeology. He received his B.A. in Chemistry and Classics from Gustavus Adolphus College, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor; he subsequently taught at the University of Cincinnati and at Stanford. His research concerns domestic life at Pompeii, landscape archaeology, and Geographic Information Systems. He has edited for the Journal of Roman Archaeology and was co-editor of the book reviews for the American Journal of Archaeology from 2008-2011. He has lived, studied, and worked for extended periods in Greece, Italy, Tunisia, Turkey, and England. He is a fanatical follower of football/futbol/soccer.

Lake Effect’s Joy Powers chats with Thomas Malaby about the history of role-playing games and what they say about our society.

Follow the link below to listen to the interview! Dungeons & Dragons’ Wisconsin Roots & The Evolution Of Role-Playing Games

AIA Lecture Series: Ancient Maya Political Integration: A Case Study from Copán, Honduras

Saturday, December 7 2019 - Saturday, December 7 2019 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Sabin Hall G90

This Saturday, December 7th is the next lecture in the AIA series. In this lecture Dr. Landau addresses the questions of how political leaders come to power and why others choose to follow. This talk examines the dynamics of political integration between the neighborhood of San Lucas and the central government of Copán, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Honduras. The ancient city of Copán is unique for its 200 years of intensive research on temples and tombs, and the decipherment of Maya hieroglyphic writing. This extraordinary work has revealed a wealth of information about the history and politics of Maya royalty. However, archaeologists understand much less about everyday life for the majority of people living outside of the city center. Mapping and excavation in the urban neighborhood of San Lucas reveals how ancient residents actively negotiated with the top-down power strategies of Copan elites. This bottom-up approach has also inspired grassroots collaboration with an indigenous high school to teach a year-long introductory anthropology course; which highlights how major anthropological questions are relevant for past and contemporary people.



Kristin Landau (PhD, Northwestern University) is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Alma College. Since 2005 she has conducted community-based archaeology at the ancient city of Copán, Honduras, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Specifically, she investigates the dynamic relationship between centralized power and everyday life within Copán’s urban neighborhoods, providing a bottom-up perspective to questions of state formation. She also works collaboratively with local indigenous leaders to promote science and heritage education. By linking past and present, she highlights how archaeology is relevant for contemporary people.

UWM students share poster prize at this year’s Wisconsin Federation of Museums Conference in Horicon, WI

Congratulations to Emma Eisner and Katrina Schmitz who won the student poster award at the Wisconsin Federation of Museums conference in Horicon, WI this past weekend. Both chose a topic based on their thesis. Both were so good the judges… Read More