The Friends of Archaeology lecture series is the main focus of our organization. Through our lecture series we bring you expert scientists and explorers to share their experiences and inform us of new discoveries in archaeological research. Our lectures are free and open to the public.
Our next lecture, Lecture No. 3, will be on Sunday February 25, 2018, in Robertson Hall, Room 116, University of St. Thomas, Houston. The subject of the lecture will be: The Roman Emperor Diocletian: His Reign, Retirement and Legacy. Our presenters will be Robert “Bob” Moore and Nancy Engelhardt-Moore; both are Mentor Docents at the Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS) and volunteer for Special Exhibits, and the Morian Hall of Paleontology. Both participate in paleontological and archaeological digs around the world for the HMNS and Burpee Museum of Natural History, and have been in National Geographic documentaries. Abstract of lecture: Diocles was born of low status in Dalmatia, modern-day Croatia. He rose through the military ranks and became cavalry commander. After the death of the reigning emperor Numerian, he became Emperor in 284 AD. Diocletian setup the tetrarchy or “rule of four”, establishing two co-emperors and two junior co-emperors for the Western and Eastern Roman Empire in 286 AD. He was also the first Emperor to retire! Learn about his successes, failures, and legacy, and see photos of his magnificent sea-side retirement palace! Please gather at 4:30 p.m. for refreshments. Our Annual Meeting will be held at 4:45 p.m. and then the lecture will be at 5:00 p.m.
A joint Lecture with The Irish Society will be held at 5:00 p.m. on April 15, 2018 in Jones Hall, University of St. Thomas, Houston. The lecturer will be Dr. Charles Stewart, Chair, Art History, Associate Professor, University of St. Thomas, Houston, who will speak on Ireland’s Role in Europe in the so-called Dark Ages. Abstract: In the absence of texts, archaeology has shed light on past cultures and tribal societies. This is especially true of early medieval Ireland and Britain where historical texts are few. Twenty years ago Thomas Cahill published a book titled How the Irish Saved Civilization, arguing that we cannot understand the development of Europe without first recognizing the role of Celtic Christianity. This book would remain on the New York Times Bestseller List for two years and, with that kind of success, there came a flood of critics who attacked its sensationalism and historical claims. Unfortunately most scholars today remember the criticism and forget the actual archaeological and historic evidence. In this presentation, Dr. Charles Stewart, will provide fresh perspective on this issue and explain how archaeology and art history has shed light on Ireland’s role in Europe in the so-called Dark Ages.