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Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - Bus trip to the Fire House Museum and St. Arnold Brewery. Cost $10 (plus you pay for your own lunch).


Upcoming Events

Lectures

Lectures

Symposiums

Symposium

Monthly Dinners

Monthly Dinner with Friends

International Archaeology Day

International Archaeology Day

Informative Lectures

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 Lecture No. 4 will be at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 28, 2019, in Anderson Hall, Room 103, University of St. Thomas, Houston. The subject of the lecture will be Decoding the Dead Man Tableau: New Insights into Palaeolithic Art and Cro-Magnon Thought and will be presented by our own Chris Kilgore. Abstract: Lascaux Cavern in France contains the most intriguing and enigmatic of all cave paintings: The Dead Man Tableaux. Does it represent a masked Shaman in trance or an unlucky hunter dead at the feet of his mortally wounded prey? Chris will illuminate the images as an important precursor of modern culture. Coffee and tea will be served at 4:30 p.m. and the lecture will begin at 5:00 p.m.

Symposium

Our monthly Symposium offers opportunities for members to share their experiences and knowledge on favorite subjects, or simply come and learn from others. The Symposium is held on the first Tuesday of every month from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Community Room at Central Market, 3815 Westheimer at Weslayan 77027. The room opens at 9:30 a.m. and presentation and Q. & A. time is approximately one hour from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The Community Room at Central Market is on the second floor and stairs and elevator are located near the north entrance to the store. We meet on the first Tuesday every month and our next spring sessions will be on Tuesday April 2, and Tuesday May 7.

Monthly Dinner with Friends

Our monthly Dinners with Friends welcome all to come dine and visit at a different restaurant each month. Our dinners are generally held on a Sunday near the middle of the month at 5:00 p.m. Names of restaurants will be announced about one week in advance. Our next dinner will be on Sunday April 14 at Theo’s Greek Restaurant, 812 Westheimer Road, 77006. Phone: (713) 523-0425.

Day Trips

Our day trips take us to near-by points of interest and are guided by expert docents.

Our next bus trip will be on a Tuesday March 26, 2019, to visit the Fire House Museum, site of the first fire house in Houston, with its beautiful new murals, followed by a tour of the St. Arnold Brewery in Houston. Bus leaves Moran Parking garage at 10 a.m. and returns at about 3:00 p.m. Cost of trip is $10, plus you pay for your lunch at the brewery. Payment may be made using PayPal at the top of this web page.

Annual Father Bader Dinner

Our Father Bader Annual Dinner and Lecture will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 24, 2019 in the Ahern Room on the first floor of The Crooker Center of The University of St. Thomas, Houston. Our featured speaker will be our own Dr. Charles Stewart, Chair of the Art History Program and Associate Professor, University of St. Thomas, Houston. The subject of his lecture will be “More Discoveries on the Silk Road: Buddhism, Islam, and Christianity in East Asia.” Abstract: Over the past three years, the Friends of Archaeology has sponsored the archaeological research on a site on the Chinese-Kazakhstan Silk Road, Co-Directed by Dr. Charles Stewart. This site was once a sprawling medieval city at a crucial crossroads of the Silk Road. Last summer his team of American, Russian, Irish, and Kazakh archaeologists began excavating the thirty burials, shedding more light on the ethnicity and cultural customs of its citizens. In this lecture, Dr. Stewart will share the results of these excavations and provide an overview of the sharing of cultural and artistic ideas between Buddhism, Islam, and Christianity as early as the year 700 in China. He will also show clips from a documentary film that was made regarding these excavations which was broadcast last year in Europe and Asia. The Annual Dinner will start at 5:00 p.m. with social time and wine at 5:00 p.m., dinner at 6:00 p.m. and the lecture at 7:00 p.m. THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT, BUT THERE IS A WAITING LIST.

Travel with the Friends

Over the last 25 plus years, the Friends have taken over 30 archaeological adventures across the states and around the world. Great fellowship and memories have been created. Your suggestions as to future travel destinations are always welcomed. In 2018, the Friends took wonderful trips to Guatemala, Greece and Cyprus. Plans are now being made for future trips this year and next year.

Houston Archeological Society

We share our activities with our friends at the Houston Archeological Society (HAS), another organization that promotes the love of archaeology, especially the South Texas Gulf Coast, through field work, lectures, and laboratory analysis. For more information on this group visit their website at www.txhas.org.

Friends Now On Facebook

Please go online and visit our new Facebook page. In the Facebook search box entitled “Find Friends”, type in “Friends of Archaeology - Houston”. Or, use your Internet browser to go to:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1385634571488926/