From Head to Toe in the
Ancient Maya World
Clothing, jewelry, and body modification spoke volumes about people’s social status and the varied roles they played

A Silk Road Renaissance
Excavations in Tajikistan have unveiled a city of merchant princes that flourished from the fifth to the eighth century A.D.

Hagia Sophia's Hidden History
Unprecedented fieldwork in Istanbul has revealed new evidence of the cathedral at the heart of the Byzantine Empire

Idol of the Painted Temple
On Peru’s central coast, an ornately carved totem was venerated across centuries of upheaval and conquest

The Power of Secret Societies
Clandestine groups throughout history have used shadowy rituals to control the world around them

Our FREE LECTURES are held on a Saturday at 12:00 pm in building 51 (Social Sciences) on the University of North Florida campus in Jacksonville.

September 19, 2020 
Dr. Gabriel Prieto, a professor at the University of Florida, will lecture about his work in Peru.

October 17, 2020
Dr. Jayur Mehta, a professor at Florida State University, Monumentality on the Gulf Coast. .

November 21, 2020
John Quarstein, Director Emeritus of the USS Monitor Center at the Maritime Museum in Newport News, Virginia, will discuss the location, excavation, conservation and exhibition of the USS Monitor.

January 23, 2021
Dr. Zachary Gilmore, professor at Rollins College, “Great Gathering Places! Pre-Columbian Ritual and Social Integration at Florida Shell Mounds.”

February 20, 2021
Dr. Sarah Clayton, University of Wisconsin-Madison, “The End of Teotihuacan: Perspectives on Collapse and Regeneration from Beyond the Ancient Metropolis.”

March 20, 2021 
Lisa Duffy, Doctoral Candidate at the University of Florida, will present the results of her fascinating research into pottery residues. “Using Residue Analysis to Explore Ancient Maya Recipes
and Food-Processing Technology.”

April 17, 2021
Dr. William Murray
, professor at the University of South Florida, will discuss his research
into Roman battle rams. 

May 15, 2021
Dr. James P. Delgado, Senior Vice President of SEARCH, INC., will present a lecture about the
recent recovery of the Clotilda, the last ship to bring slaves into  the United States.
Its location has long been the subject of great interest to  archaeologists.


Massive Prehistoric Monument Detected Near Stonehenge

Tuesday, June 23, 2020​​

WILTSHIRE, ENGLAND—BBC News reports that a ring made up of 20 or more shafts has been found surrounding the site of the Neolithic settlement of Durrington Walls, which is located about two miles from Stonehenge. Arranged in a circle measuring more than one mile across, each shaft measures about 30 feet in diameter and about 15 feet deep with nearly vertical sides. “When these pits were first noted, it was thought they might be natural features,” said researcher Vincent Gaffney of the University of Bradford. “Only through geophysical surveys, could we join the dots and see there was a pattern on a massive scale.” The pits are thought to have been dug more than 4,500 years ago to mark a boundary around Durrington Walls. Analysis of sediments from the shafts suggests that they were cut and left open, and filled slowly over time, Gaffney added. Read the original scholarly article about this research in Internet Archaeology. For more on Durrington Walls, go to "Neolithic Henge Feasts," one of ARCHAEOLOGY's Top 10 Discoveries of 2019.​

ROSSETT, WALES—The Shropshire Star reports that a metal detectorist alerted a local finds officer for the Portable Antiquities Scheme in Wales after uncovering the corner of a metal object that appeared to have markings on it. Archaeologists from Wrexham Museum and the Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust who reported to the scene unearthed a large lead ingot measuring about one and one-half feet long and weighing nearly 140 pounds. The writing on the possibly ancient ingot turned out to be a cast Latin inscription mentioning Marcus Trebellius Maximus, governor of the province of Britannia from A.D. 63 to 69. “We don’t yet know where this ingot has come from and we will probably never know where it was going to,” said Finds Officer Susie White. “However given the find spots of other ingots from Britain of similar date, it may have been destined for continental Europe, perhaps even Rome itself.” To read about a Viking hoard of silver ingots, coins, and jewelry discovered west of London, go to "Alfred the Great's Forgotten Ally."​

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Roman Lead Ingot Discovered in Wales

Tuesday, June 23, 2020​​