Archaeological Institute of America
East Tennessee Society

AIAThe East Tennessee Society was founded in 1973 as our local chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America. Our organization promotes the knowledge and study of, as well as interest in, archaeology and related subjects, and furthers the aims and programs of the Archaeological Institute of America.


The AIA website and folder provide information on our national organization as well as membership forms. It also includes a list of local societies and their lectures, as well as news about archaeological discoveries worldwide.

We are a unique organization in that we include professional archaeologists as well as students and non-professionals. Everyone with a passion for archaeology is welcome to join. Membership is crucial for us to maintain a presence in East Tennessee and continue to spread information about archaeology through lectures and other events.

Annual membership is $40 for students, K-12 educators, and active military personnel, and $70 for regular members. Membership includes a subscription to AIA's award-winning Archaeology magazine.

When joining, please be sure to mark "450-East Tennessee Society" as your local chapter.



ETS/AIA Lecture Schedule for 2015-2016

  • Thursday, September 24, 2015
    Eric Cline, George Washington University
    "1177 BC: The Year Civilization Collapsed."
    Lindsay Young Auditorium, Hodges Library, UT campus.

    Extra class seminar
    Clas/Anth 442, "Wine, Frescoes, and Feasting: the Ongoing Excavations of the Canaanite Palace at Tel Kabri."
    Thursday, Sept. 24, 12:40 - 1:55 pm
    HSS building 206 (attached to McClung tower).
  • Tuesday, October 13, 2015
    W.Y. Adams, University of Kentucky
    "Nubia in Global Perspective."

    Extra class lecture: TBA.
  • Tuesday, October 27, 2015
    Gwyn Davies, Florida International University
    "The Late Roman Fort at Yotvata, Israel."
    Linda G. Feinstone Lecturer, AIA.
  • Tuesday, November 10, 2015
    Anne Chapin, Brevard College
    "Dressed to Impress: Art and Haute Couture in the Aegean Bronze Age."

    Extra class seminar
    Clas/Anth 442, "The Expert's Eye: Theory, Method, and Connoisseurship in Aegean Fresco Studies."
    Tuesday, Nov. 10, 12:40 - 1:55 pm,
    HSS 206
    Haines-Morris Distinguished Lecturer, Department of Classics
  • Tuesday, January 19, 2016
    Tim Baumann, McClung Museum, UTK
    "Painting in the Shadows:  Prehistoric Negative Painted Pottery in Tennessee and the Eastern Woodlands."
  • Thursday, February 16, 2016
    Charles Finney, ORNL
    Title TBA.
    About archaeological investigations of caves near Cumberland Gap
  • Tuesday, March 8, 2016
    John H. Oakley, College of William and Mary
    Title TBA
    Lecture on Greek art and archaeology
    Ninth Harry C. Rutledge Memorial Lecture in Archaeology
  • Tuesday, April 5, 2016
    James J. Aimers, State University of New York, Geneseo
    "Recent Research on the Maya Collapse"
    Nadzia Borowski Lecturer, AIA.


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