Archaeological Institute of America Lecture
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
The Charlottesville Society of the Archaeological Institute of America was founded 50 years ago and held its first lecture on October 15, 1965. The September 30th lecture will celebrate the founding and the first lecture.
The Art Department played a role in the founding of the C’ville AIA Society in that David Lawall, then on the Art Department faculty, was one of the founding members, as was his wife, Willa. (David is now retired having been director of the Museum some time ago). Willa Lawall still attends every AIA lecture and will make a few brief remarks about the founding.
This occassion is, however, a triple celebration! 2015 is the 60th anniversary of the Morgantina Excavations! The last 35 of those years have been associated with the University of Virginia, with Malcolm Bell as Director, a cause for celebration in its own right.
Professor Bell is this year's Norton Lecturer for the AIA. The Norton Lectureship is one of the three most distinguished lectureships within the AIA (including the Joukowski and the Kress).
In addition, at the January 2016 General Meeting, the AIA will award its Gold Medal for Distinguished Archaeological Achievement to Malcolm Bell.