Ancient Art Council

Ancient Art Department

Ancient Art Council
Legion of Honor

100 34th Avenue, Lincoln Park
San Francisco, CA 94121

Residents of the Bay Area did not know when the ground shook violently on 18 April 1906 that they were living on one of the Earth's dynamic plate boundaries, but they should have known from past experience the perils of building on landfill. The quake predictably liquefied buried creeks and marshes, initiating the fires that razed over half of built San Francisco and proving once again that civilization is a tenuous conceit built upon pipes and wires. The clearance of rubble after the disaster laid the groundwork for an encore calamity by creating yet more landfill, but the new bayside middens also provided a rich field of potential activity for archaeologists of the future.

The Centenary Celebration of the Archaelogical Institute of America-San Francisco: 100 Years and Still Going Strong!

Cosponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America-San Francisco.

Post-lecture private reception by invitation only. Private reception to follow lecture for members of the Ancient Art Council, Archaeological Instiute of America-San Francisco, and California Classical Association-North. Invitations sent to AAC, AIA-SF, and CCA-N members. $5 per person ($10 at the door) on a space-available basis. Reception pre-booking will guarantee a reserved seat for the lecture.

About Programs at the Ancient Art Council

Programs are varied and include such activities as lectures by noted archaeologists, museum curators, and ancient art historians; exclusive tours of the Museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions; fund-raising events; and travel programs to ancient sites and other museums. Members also receive invitations from related organizations to attend lectures ad exhibition openings. Your annual membership dues and contributions will assist in furthering the Ancient Art collection at the Fine Arts Museums.



Rubble with a Cause: The 1906 Quake and Fire as a Source of Artifacts for Future Digs

Koret Auditorium, de Young

Dr. Gray Brechin

Lecture free to the public


Explore the Ancient Art Council: Upcoming Events


"If you build it, they will come": the construction and care of Nemean hero worship


Plagues, Pestilence, and Pandemics: Disease in El Hibeh


Round Table: Ancient Democracy, the Present Moment, and the Future of a Political Ideal


Rehearsed Reading of Euripides' Bacchae

Thank you for helping us acquire our first Egyptian royal portrait—a carved limestone relief of Ptolemy I Soter

Ancient Art Council supports Antiquities at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.



Last Supper in Pompeii: From the Table to the Grave

This exhibition reveals how, before Mount Vesuvius blew up in AD 79 and rocked the Bay of Naples, people in Pompeii and nearby farms and villages were engaged in typical daily activities, many of which revolved around food and drink.

Dates TBD