Archaeological Institute of America-Milwaukee Society

2015-2016 Lecture Series

All lectures are held on Sunday afternoons at 3:00 p.m. in Sabin Hall Room G90 on the UWM Campus (3413 North Downer, corner of Newport and Downer Avenues). On Sundays, parking is available in the Klotsche Center surface lot directly north of Sabin or on nearby streets.

All lectures are free and open to the public and followed by refreshments. They are co-sponsored by the Departments of Anthropology, Foreign Languages and Literature-Classics, and Art History at UW-Milwaukee.

Fall, 2015

September 20, 2015 3:00pm
Mireille M. Lee, Vanderbilt University
Title: The Archaeology of Ancient Greek Dress

Saturday, October 17, 2015, 1:00-4:00pm
International Archaeology Day Celebration
See International Archaeology Day for details

Sunday, November 1, 2015, 3:00pm
John Hawks, UW-Madison
Title: TBA

Sunday, December 6, 2015, 3:00pm
Rachel Scott, Arizona State University
Title: TBA


Spring, 2016

Sunday, January 31, 2015, 3:00pm
Heather Walder, UW-La Crosse
Title: Chronology, Exchange, and Technology: New Insight on Intercultural Interaction in the Upper Great Lakes

Sunday, March 6, 2015, 3:00pm
Kevin Fisher, University of British Columbia
Title: The Urban Revolution on Aphrodite's Isle: Searching for Cyprus's Late Bronze Age Cities

Sunday, April 17, 2015, 3:00pm
Michael Parker Pearson, University College London
Title: Stonehenge: New Discoveries


Lecture Descriptions - Fall 2015

September 20, 2015 3:00pm
Mireille M. Lee, Vanderbilt University
Title: The Archaeology of Ancient Greek Dress


Description: Archaeology provides important evidence for ancient Greek dress, which was essential to the construction of social identities. Although no complete garments survive, preserved fragments of silk and embroideries indicate the elite status of the wearer. Jewelry, dress fasteners, toilet implements, perfume vessels, cosmetics, and mirrors are also important indicators of status and gender. The visual sources, including sculpture and vase-painting, depict men and women performing various dress practices. Although some practices, such as bathing and the use of perfumes, are common to both genders, others are specific to either men or women. The visual sources demonstrate other aspects of identity: age and social role are often indicated by hairstyle, whereas ethnicity is also conveyed by means of garments and body-modifications. Although dress is often considered a mundane aspect of culture, I argue that dress provides unique insight into ancient Greek ideologies.

Mireille Lee  

Dr. Mireille Lee is Assistant Professor with the Departments of History of Art and Classical Studies at Vanderbilt University, and holds her degrees from Bryn Mawr (Ph.D.) and Occidental College. Her research interests are Greek art and archaeology, in particular the construction of gender in ancient visual and material culture. She has published widely on the social functions of dress in ancient Greece, including her volume Body, Dress, and Identity in Ancient Greece (2015).

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