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ARCHAEOLOGICAL INSTITUTE OF AMERICA--NORTH ALABAMA SOCIETY
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Early Cities Spurred Evolution of Immune System?
As in cities today, the earliest towns helped expose their inhabitants to inordinate opportunities for infection—and today their descendants are stronger for it, a new study says.
From National Geographic.
We are raising money for our local AIA society’s speaker fund. Our local society has invited a number of speakers beyond those that AIA headquarters sends. These include former FBI Agent Robert Wittman, who gave us insider accounts of art theft and recovery, and Dr. John Verano, who presented two fascinating talks on Peruvian archaeology.
On Saturday, November 20th, from 6pm to 8pm, former UAH President and local society founding member, Dr. Frank Franz and his wife Dr. Judy Franz will host a benefit for the lecture series at their home at 2229 Governors Bend. On the side of Monte Sano, the Franz residence offers panoramic views of Huntsville. As you sample intriguing wines from Israel, you can bid on the treasures in our silent auction such as a beautiful cynatype photograph by José Betancourt. Dr. Peter Brand, Dunavant Professor of Ancient History and Egyptology at the University of Memphis, who excavates at the great temple in Karnak, will be mingling with us at the event and then giving a brief talk about “Egyptian Evidence for Early Hebrews.”
Tickets available for $25/single, $40/couple, and $15/seniors. Help keep our fantastic lecture series running! Contact Lillian Joyce for tickets at firstname.lastname@example.org or 256-824-6114.
Roman Decadence and the Future of the Sea - NYTimes.com
Lillian and I attended this exhibit--Very Post-Mortem--at the Young Legion of Honor museum in San Francisco. The scans of the ancient priest are amazing.