National Archaeology Day: Celebrating the Social Life of Things

(October 18, 2012) — The College of Arts & Sciences, along with more than 100 international archaeological organizations will present a series of programs and activities on October 20 at the Lowe Art Museum, 1301 Stanford Drive, to celebrate National Archaeology Day. 

The Archaeological Institute of America and collaborators, including the college, are working to showcase the technologies, discoveries, and revelations about the human experience that grow from the hands-on exploration of our past. With the theme, "Celebrating the Social Life of Things," a day of exciting talks with leading historians, anthropologists, and humanists will allow participants to tap into their own curiosity about culture, history, and societies around the world. 

Admission is free and the public are invited to attend. To RSVP, please visit 

WHEN: 9:30am-5pm, October 20, 2012 

WHERE: University of Miami Lowe Art Museum, 1301 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables, FL 

9:30 - 10 a.m. 
Traci Ardren, UM CAS Department of Anthropology 
“Trading Tastes: The Role of Cuisine in Trading Relations at Xuenkal, Yucatan, Mexico” 

10 – 10:30 a.m. 
William J. Pestle, UM CAS Department of Anthropology 
"Moving Food, Moving People: Human Dietary Variation in the Ancient Atacama Desert, northern Chile" 

10:30 – 11 a.m. 
Terence Anderson, UM School of Law 

"Archaeology, Anthropology and Wigmore's Chart Method of Analyzing Evidence" 

11:00 - 11:30 a.m. 
Coffee and Tea 

11:30 a.m. - noon 
David Graf, UM CAS Department of Religious Studies 
"Glimpses of Arabia's International Aromatics Trade" 

Noon – 1:30 p.m. 
Luncheon on the grounds of the Lowe Art Museum 

1:30 – 2 p.m. 
Pamela Geller, UM CAS Department of Anthropology 
“Your Obedient Servant: Seminole Indians and the Samuel G. Morton Crania Collection” 

2-2:30 p.m. 
Maureen Mahoney, Seminole Tribe of Florida 
“The Role of Tribal Archaeology in Cultural Resources Management” 

2:30-3 p.m. 
Coffee and tea 

3-3:30 p.m. 
Michelle Williams, Florida Public Archaeology Network 
“Medicinal Plants and Pathologies Among the Windover Population of Florida” 

3:30-4 p.m. 
John Gifford, UM CAS Departments of Anthropology and Marine Affairs 
"Little Salt Spring, Florida: A Unique Underwater Site" 

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