Trowel Tales: The AIA Blog

by Peter Herdrich, AIA CEO and Publisher of ARCHAEOLOGY
November 3, 2010
The Mirador Basin in northern Guatemala is one of the greatest archaeological sites in the world—but one of the least well known. On November 2, Idaho State University professor Richard Hansen, director of the Mirador Basin Project and a leading researcher in the area, spoke to a packed house of ARCHAEOLOGY magazine readers and other enthusiasts at the American Museum of Natural History in New York about this fascinating region. The event was presented by Guatemala Tourism, Delta Airlines, and ARCHAEOLOGY, and focused on the archaeological riches of the area and on opportunities to visit. The event served as a launch party for ARCHAEOLOGY’s new special interest publication on the Maya, which will be on newsstands November... Read More
by L. La Follette, Associate Professor of Art History at University of Massachusetts Amherst and member of AIA's Cultural Heritage Policy Committee
October 26, 2010
On October 12, 2010, the Cultural Property Advisory Committee of the State Department held a public hearing on Greece's recent request for a bilateral agreement intended to curb the import of undocumented antiquities from the Hellenic Republic into the United States. The U.S. has entered into a number of such agreements (termed Memoranda of Understanding, or MoU for short) since implementing legislation in 1983 reflecting the U.S.’s 1972 ratification of the UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property. The American supporting legislation envisioned the signing of such MoUs to help countries whose cultural heritage is endangered. In the case... Read More
by Peter Herdrich
September 24, 2010
Midnight Thursday marked the end of the period during which the public could post opinions on the regulations.gov website about the proposed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the United States and Greece on the imposition of import restrictions on archaeological and other materials from Greece. The Archaeological Institute of America strongly endorses the MoU. Hundreds of AIA members submitted letters to the State Department expressing their support for the MoU. At the AIA we are proud that so many people contributed their opinions to this very important advocacy effort. Supporters lauded the effort to limit the trade in ancient cultural material between the US and Greece. The reasons the AIA is behind the effort are sincere... Read More
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