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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





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 first spring lecture, Lecture No. 1, will be on Sunday February 17, 2019, in Robertson Hall, Room 116 (please note this is not our usual lecture hall), University of St. Thomas, Houston. The subject of the lecture will be: Hidden Treasures of Rome and Naples, Italy. 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 there; participate in paleontological and archaeological digs around the world for the HMNS and The Burpee Museum of Natural History; chair and co-chair of the Houston Gem and Mineral Society, Archaeology Section; and have been in several National Geographic documentaries. Abstract: Bob and Nancy will show personal photos from rarely visited ancient Roman locations including: the Mithras Temple under the Circus Maximus; the Temple of Fortuna Primigenia; the National Etruscan Museum; Villa Pausilypon; Sybil’s Cave; hidden catacombs; secluded villas; and lost marvels of Roman engineering. Come and see ancient wonders that few Italians and even fewer tourists ever see, including sites that even the Roman imperial government didn’t know about. Coffee and tea will be served at 4:30 p.m. and the lecture will begin at 5:00 p.m.

Our second spring lecture, Lecture No. 2, will be announced soon.


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 spring sessions will be on: Tuesday February 5, Tuesday March 5, Tuesday April 2, and Tuesday May 7.

Our first Symposium of the season will be on Tuesday February 5, 2019 in the Community Room at Central Market. Our presenter will be our own Fred Kelly who will give two short presentations on “Early Archaeologists and Watercolor Painting” and “The four Roman styles of Pompeian wall frescoes”. Fred, who paints in oils and watercolors, will show us some of the things he finds interesting about archaeology and watercolors, and Roman frescoes, including styles, wall preparation, and pigments.

Monthly Dinner with Friends

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

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 held on Sunday February 10.

Day Trips

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

Our first spring bus trip will be on Saturday February 9, 2019 (please note this on a Saturday not a week day as usual), to San Felipe, Texas, where Stephen F. Austin established his colonization capital, and it later became the provisional capital of Texas until the citizens burnt the town down while retreating from Mexican General Santa Anna’s army. Our trip will visit the San Felipe de Austin Historic Site and new state-of-art museum, and the Bellville Jail Museum. Everyone will enjoy a box lunch, which is included in the $24 cost of the trip. Bus leaves St. Thomas Moran Parking Garage at 9:30 a.m. and returns at about 4:00 p.m. Payment may be made using PayPal at the top of this web page.

Our second 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 and beer at the brewery.

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. Space is limited and reservations will be required, so please mark this date on your calendar. More details will be provided later.

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.

Unfortunately, the trip that the Friends were planning to the Greek Isles in April 2019 has been postponed until a future date.

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

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