Education & Outreach

Project ArAGATS is committed to bringing the archaeology of Armenia and the South Caucasus to the classroom and the public at large through teaching, lectures, and scholarship opportunities.

Course Information:

For information on past and upcoming courses by Adam T. Smith at the University of Chicago, click here.

For Ian Lindsay’s research and course information at Purdue University, click here

Upcoming Lectures and Events:

No upcoming events.  Check back soon for more announcements.

Recent Events:

December 15, 2012. Team members Alan Greene and Ian Lindsay contributed papers via Google Hangout on the use of ceramic radiography, pXRF, ICP-MS, and magnetometry in their respective research at the 13th Conference of Young Scientists of the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography NAS RA.

April 18-22, 2012. Team members present results of their research at the 77th Society for American Archaeology meetings in Memphis, TN. Ian Lindsay organized a session dedicated to archaeology in the South Caucasus entitled, “Centering the Margins: Sociopolitical Development in the Ancient South Cacusasus and its Contributions to Global Archaeology.” Contributors from Project ArAGATS included Adam Smith, Lori Khatchadourian, Roman Hovsepyan, Alan Greene, Jeff Leon, Maureen Marshall, Elizabeth Fagan, and Katie Kearns.

September 15, 2009.  Papers by team members Ian Lindsay and Ruben Badalyan will be delivered at a conference in Yerevan celebrating the 50th anniversarty of the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography.

April 23-26, 2009.  Team members from Project ArAGATS will be presenting results of their ongoing research at the Society for American Archaeology Meetings in Atlanta.  Presentations include:  Kathryn Franklin “Materialities of movement, structures of exchange: Mobility and landscape in the medieval Armenian Highlands”; Alan Greene (with Charles Hartley) “Renewing the ‘Search for Structure’: New Techniques and New Frameworks in Instrumental Ceramics Analysis”; Maureen Marshall “Bodies, Burials, and Boundaries: Variability in Late Bronze Age (1500-1200B.C.) Mortuary Practice in the South Caucasus”.

October 10, 2008. AT Smith presents “Yerevan, My Ancient Erebuni’: Archaeological Repertoires, Public Assemblages, and the Manufacture of a (Post-)Soviet Nation” at the Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory Conference Commemorating the 25th Anniversary of Imagined Communities.

October 23, 2008.  AT Smith presents “A Conspiracy of Objects: Archaeological Repertoires, (Post)Socialist Publics, and the Making of Modern Yerevantsi” at the Stanford University Archaeology Center.

May 1-3, 2008. The Third University of Chicago Conference on Eurasian Archaeology will be held at the Oriental Institute.  The conference will include multiple presentations on the ongoing work of Project ArAGATS by: Alan Greene, Lori Khatchadourian, Ian Lindsay,  Maureen Marshall, Belinda Monahan, and Adam Smith.

March 29, 2008. Ian Lindsay will present a paper entitled “Fuzzy Borders?: Investigating Political Boundary Formation among South Caucasian LBA Fortress Polities” at the Society for American Archaeology Meetings in Vancouver.

March 28, 2008. Maureen Marshall and Alan Greene will present a paper entitled “Catacomb Queries: The Social Dynamics of Late Bronze Age Burial Practices, Artik, Armenia” at the Society for American Archaeology Meetings in Vancouver.

March 20, 2008. AT. Smith “Prometheus Unbound: Geographies of Transgression and Archaeologies of Authority in the Bronze Age Caucasus”.  University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Anthropology Colloquium.

Jan. 29, 2008.  AT Smith.  “Unearthing Citizens, Consuming (Pre)history: Archaeology from the National to the Neoliberal in Modern Armenia” Max Plank Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle, Germany.

ArAGATS Scholarships:

The ArAGATS scholars program was developed in order to help nurture young archaeologists in Armenia.  Offered in association with Project Discovery!, ArAGATS scholarships allow one graduate student from Armenia to spend 10 weeks in Chicago working with the ArAGATS team.

The first ArAGATS scholarship was awarded to Diana Mirijanyan who visited Chicago in the spring of 2008.  Ms. Mirijanyan’s work focuses on the Medieval period.

Currently, the ArAGATS scholarship program is on hiatus pending further funding.