Upcoming Events

LECTURE SERIES (at USA Archaeology Museum) 


The Search for the Elusive Female Chiefs of Vanuatu, January 19, 2017, 6pm

For over 100 years, researchers, writers and anthropologists have agreed that there are no female chiefs in Vanuatu or even Melanesia. Writing in 1914, William Rivers in his History of Melanesian Society stated that on Pentecost, females had prefixes to their names indicating differences in rank, but he firmly stated that this was “not connected with any organization resembling the Sukwe” – the male chiefly system. And this was the closest that women came to chiefly status. His analysis has prevailed, down to the present. So I was quite shocked when over pizza at the Numbawan Café a couple of years ago, my friend (and now the Vanuatu Telecom Regulator) Dalsie Baniala casually mentioned that her sister on Maewo was a “female chief.” I said, “That is not possible – there are none!” And so the search for the elusive female chiefs of Vanuatu began.

Join Lew Toulmin of the famous New York Explorers Club to learn more about his search for the elusive female chiefs of Vanuatu. 

Public Talk by Esther Katz, January 26, 2017, 6pm (Marx Library Auditorium, with Mobile Medical Museum)

Please join us for the final lecture in our Healing Women series! 


Pirates! Last Scourge of the Gulf, Mike Thomin, Florida Public Archaeology Network, February 16, 2017, 6pm

Two centuries ago, a massive wave of piracy struck the Gulf of Mexico and terrorized shipping along the Gulf coast. Florida was especially dangerous for travelers. Jean Lafitte and Charles Gibbs, two of the most notorious pirates from this period, had close ties to the Florida panhandle. One case of piracy even wound up in the court of West Florida in Pensacola and made newspaper headlines across the nation. This talk examines some of the broader aspects of piracy during the early 1800s in the Gulf and Caribbean. 

Public Lecture by Archaeologist Bob Kelly, February 22, 2017 (Time and Location TBA)


Raiding, War, and Cannibalism: Deconstructing the Myth of the Carib in the 15th Century Caribbean, Dr. Erin Stone, University of West Florida, March 30, 2017, 6pm

Stay tuned for more updates! 

SCIENCE CAFES (at Moe's Original BBQ - Downtown Mobile)

Science cafés are live—and lively—events that take place in casual settings. They are open to everyone, and feature an engaging conversation with a scientist or social scientist about a timely topic. All Science Cafes are held at Moe's Original BBQ at 701 Spring Hill Avenue in downtown Mobile. 

Stay tuned for our Spring 2017 lineup! 

OTHER EVENTS (at USA Archaeology Museum)



The Museum is open one Saturday per month and we'll be here on December 3rd from 12pm-4pm for all those individuals and families who can't make it to the museum during the week. Come tour the museum and our native plants garden! Admission is FREE and the museum is open to the public.