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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 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.


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 Community Room is on the second floor overlooking the flower market. Stairs and elevator are near the Community Room’s north entrance close to the dining area. Room opens at 9:30 a.m., and presentations begin at 10:00 a.m..

Our next Symposium will be on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Community Room at Central Market, 3815 Westheimer at Weslayan, Houston 77027. Presenter: Friend’s member Martha Rahman will review the book, The Bootlegger, by John Hallwas. This is a non-fiction book about Kelly Wagle, a legend from Martha’s hometown, Colchester, Illinois. Although Wagle was a known bootlegger and connected by business to crime syndicates from Peoria and Chicago, he was also a kind man who used his money to care for the unfortunate and poor of the community. Martha grew up with this story and knew the people who are written about in the book. Her Aunt Lillie was one of those who were interviewed to share their memories of the 1920s and Kelly Wagle. To tell this story, Dr. Hallwas uses the background of the general demise of small town America as the industries, coal in this case, began to dissipate. There will be time for you to share anecdotes of your own hometown. Be ready to entertain us with a story from the place where you grew up.

The following Symposia will be held on April 3 and May 1. Details to be announced.

Monthly Dinner with Friends

Our monthly Dinners with Friends welcome all to come dine and visit at a different restaurant each month.

The next dinner will be held on March 11. Details to be announced. There will not be a dinner in April.

Day Trips

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

Our next day trip will be on Thursday, March 29, 2018, and will be a 90-minute ride on the Yellowstone Paddle Wheeler on the San Bernard River followed by lunch at Dido’s Seafood Restaurant in Brazoria. Bus departs from The Moran Parking Garage of the University of St. Thomas at 9:30 a.m. and will return about 4:30 p.m. Cost $29, plus lunch (seafood $9-12 on senior menu). Payment may be made using PayPal on this web site.

Annual Meeting

The Friends of Archaeology Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 4:45 p.m. in Robertson Hall, Room 116, University of St. Thomas campus mall, and prior to the 5:00 p.m. lecture. Business will include the election of officers for the 2018-2019 term, to begin July 1, 2018 and end June 30, 2019, and the financial report.

Annual Dinner

Our Annual Dinner and lecture will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 8, 2018 in the Ahern Room on the first floor of The Crooker Center of The University of St. Thomas, Houston. Our featured speaker will be Dr. Shelley Wachsmann and his lecture is titled Some went down to the Sea in Ships (Psalms 107:23); Mediterranean Seafaring in the Bronze Age (3000-1200 B.C.). Dr. Wachsmann served as inspector of underwater antiquities for the Israeli department of antiquities from 1976-1989, and directed the excavation of the “Sea of Galilee Boat” in 1986. Since 2009, as an associate professor, he has served as coordinator of the Texas A&M University nautical archaeology program. He has published four books on Mediterranean nautical archaeology and done extensive field work in the Eastern Mediterranean. He holds distinguished posts with The Explorer’s Club, Institute for Exploration, and Archaeological Institute of America. 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. Space is limited and reservations will be required, so please mark this date on your calendar. More details will be provided later.

Greece & Cyprus Trip with the Friends of Archaeology

From May 2-18, 2018, the Friends of Archaeology will travel to Greece and Cyprus to enjoy their cultures and explore ancient, medieval, and Islamic sites. Travelers may choose to visit both countries or spend a week in either. Greece highlights include the new Acropolis Museum in Athens and archaeological sites of Mycenae, Olympia, Delphi, and Mystras. Some of the Cyprus highlights are the Byzantine Painted Churches in the Troodos Mountains, a ship wreck museum, and the Nicosia Archaeological Museum. If you are interested in joining us, please see the Trip PDF to see the complete trip itinerary, flight schedules, and costs. Contact our travel agency at 1-888-TOURCOM / 1-888-868-7266 ext. 101 with any questions.

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