Trowel Tales: The AIA Blog

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
by C. Brian Rose
April 2, 2011
I've combined my last two days in Afghanistan into a single entry. Yesterday morning, Friday, we left Ghazni by helicopter for Kabul, which again included a breathtaking view of the Hindu Kush mountains. In the evening I delivered another lecture on cultural heritage protection in Iraq and Afghanistan to the staff of the US Embassy in Kabul, followed by a dinner organized by Ambassador and Mrs. Eikenberry, which included the Minister and Deputy Minister of Information and Culture, Dr. Sayed Raheen and Omar Sultan, respectively; the former Minister of Urban Development and Housing, Yousef Pashtun; and the governor and mayor of Ghazni, among others. I sat next to a woman who was a member of Parliament as well as a law student at... Read More
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