April 6 AIA Lecture “Underwater Archaeology”
Program begins at 2 pm in Joslyn's Witherspoon Concert Hall

The Omaha-Lincoln Society of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA), in partnership with Creighton University's Department of Fine and Performing Arts and Joslyn Art Museum, continues its exceptional programming with another free public lecture.

Visitors who wish to access the special exhibition, Poseidon and the Sea, will be required to obtain an exhibition ticket at the Admissions Desk. Joslyn Members, Creighton University students and faculty with ID, and all other college students may receive a free exhibition ticket. General Public Adult visitors who wish to view Poseidon and the Sea will be required to purchase a ticket at the Museum admissions desk for $10. The AIA lecture is still free of charge.
 “Underwater Archaeology: The New Holy Grail" presented by Bridget Buxton, University of Rhode Island

Underwater archaeology is now entering the world of deep sea exploration and high technology, inaugurating what some believe will be a new golden age of exploration comparable to the pioneering days of terrestrial archaeology the 19th and early 20th centuries. Along with these new capabilities come new quests and possibilities: we call them the 'Holy Grails' of underwater archaeology. In this lecture I wish to share the research and techniques that have led to my own underwater discoveries, as well as my hopes and expectations for the future of the discipline. This lecture is generously illustrated with images and video ongoing underwater projects in the Mediterranean region. We will explore the practical developments that are aiding our pursuit of archaeology's most coveted and elusive discoveries, and also consider how such quests intersect with our primary obligation to be patient and thorough researchers of the cultural landscape.

BRIDGET BUXTON is Assistant Professor in the Department of History, University of Rhode Island. She holds her degrees from Victoria University of Wellington (M.A.) and University of California, Berkeley (Ph.D.), and her areas of specialization are underwater and deep submergence archaeology, and Greek and Roman history and archaeology (especially Augustus). She has worked on the DANAOS deepwater survey of the Libyan Sea, the Shipwrecks of Anatolia Imaging Project, and a variety of other surveys and research projects.

Founded in 1879, the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) was chartered by the United States Congress in 1906, in recognition of its role in the development and passage of the Antiquities Act, which Theodore Roosevelt signed into law that year. Today, the AIA remains committed to preserving the world's archaeological resources and cultural heritage for the benefit of people in the present and in the future. The Lincoln-Omaha Society of the Archaeological Institute of America, chartered in 1995, provides the residents of Nebraska and western Iowa opportunities to attend lectures by prominent international, national, and local archaeologists.