Trowel Tales: The AIA Blog

April 27, 2011
From the moment guests began arriving at the Archaeological Institute of America’s Spring Gala, the warmth of Ireland’s hospitality seemingly reached across the ocean and entered Capitale, the venue of this year’s spectacular event. The Gala spotlighted the depth of Ireland’s archaeological history and the 21st century vibrancy of the island’s culture. Gala program highlights included a performance by the Niall O’Leary Irish Dance Troupe, welcoming remarks by the renowned actor Gabriel Byrne, presentation of the Bandelier Award for Public Service to Archaeology to nautical archaeologist George F. Bass by AIA President Elizabeth Bartman, as well as a special presentation by Patrick Wallace, Director... Read More
April 25, 2011
Over the years the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) has worked hand-in-hand with numerous like-minded organizations around the U.S. These partnerships and collaborations allow the AIA to reach diverse audiences efficiently and effectively. Some of the more recent initiatives have allowed the AIA to take the message of archaeology and the need for the protection and preservation of the past to people of all ages and interests—from school kids in NYC to military troops about to be deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. Recent AIA initiatives include: AIA partners with Society for American Archaeology (SAA) and Society for Historical Archaeology (SHA) In 2007 the AIA, SAA, and SHA decided to join forces and promote the... Read More
by C. Brian Rose
April 4, 2011
I've just returned from Afghanistan but I wanted to write one final blog regarding the burning of the Koran by the Florida minister last month. As many of you know, that act resulted in a number of anti-American and anti-UN protests during this past weekend, some of which turned violent, with several UN personnel and Afghan civilians killed.   For me, books fall under the rubric of cultural property, and this is especially true for those on which religions have been founded. Such books, like religious icons, are symbols that carry great power and often constitute the nucleus of a community. It is therefore not surprising that they are so frequently the targets of attacks—by conquerors, by those who follow a... Read More
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