Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Alumna Misti Spillman Named Executive Director of the Preble County Historical Society

Congratulations to UE Archaeology graduate Misti Spillman who has been named the new Executive Director of the Preble County Historical Society in Eaton, Ohio.  Misti, seen on the left when she was excavating at the UE Tin City site, holds a master's degree in public history from Wright State University.  She has specialized in presenting Civil War history to the public.  To learn more, follow this link:  http://www.pal-item.com/story/news/local/2015/01/27/preble-county-historical-society-names-new-director/22424143/

Alumna Hillary Conley McFeaters Wins National Award

Congratulations to UE Archaeology alumna Hillary Conley McFeaters for winning the 2014-2015 award for best paper presentation by a pre-PhD scholar at a major classics or archaeology conference.  The prize is given out by the Women's Classical Caucus of the Society for Classical Studies. Hillary gave her award-winning presentation at the annual joint conference of the Archaeological Institute of America and Society for Classical Studies held in Chicago in January of 2014.  The title of her paper was "Matrona Romana:  Non-Roman Libertinae Funerary Monuments in Roman Britain."  Currently Hillary works for the National Park Service in Tallahassee, Florida.  To read more visit: http://wccaucus.org/blog/2015-award-pre-phd-scholar/ .

Four UE Archaeology Alumni and One Professor Present at NationalConference

Congratulations to UE Archaeology for having five people associated with the department present at the annual conference of the Archaeological Institute of America.  


Alumna Dani Riebe chaired a session and presented on her work on Late Neolithic and Early Copper Age sites on the Great Hungarian Plain.

Alumnus Nathan Elkins also chaired a session and discussed his analysis of a set of coins minted by the Roman emperor Caligula.
Alumna Deb Trusty described her petrographic analysis of pottery from the Bronze Age Petsas House at Mycenae.


Alumna Elizabeth Frost had a poster about a survey on which she collaborated focusing on attitudes towards conservators in the field.

Prof. Alan Kaiser told an audience about his rediscovery of UE archaeologist Mary Ellingson’s participation in a 1931 excavation in Greece.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Archaeology, Art History and Classical Studies Students Meet Visiting Royalty


On September 20, 2014, some 25 archaeology, art history and history faculty, students and alumni met Archduke Markus Salvator von Habsburg-Lothringen and his wife Archduchess Hildegarde at the Ferdinand Folk Festival in Ferdinand, IN. The archduke's great-grandfather was Emperor Franz Joseph I, who (after the assassination of his nephew and heir in Sarajevo) signed the proclamation that began World War I. We had a great time meeting him and spending time with his friend (and ours), Evansville native Alexandra Leich!