Trowel Tales: The AIA Blog

by Ben Thomas, AIA Program Director
September 4, 2012
Despite the chill in the air the Finnish archaeologists I meet assure me that it is a warm, late summer day in Helsinki. It is August 29 and my colleague Andri Cauldwell and I are in the city to attend the 18th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists (EAA). Over the next four days around 1200 archaeologists from over 40 countries will participate in the organization’s largest meeting to date. The University of Helsinki is hosting the meeting and we will be using several of the institution’s buildings and lecture rooms. The opening ceremony will be held in the University’s Great Hall later this afternoon. The Great Hall is an impressive space with large columns, elegant chandeliers, and an elaborate... Read More
by AIA Membership
July 19, 2012
Attention Frequent Fliers! As an AIA member, you know that we work hard to provide programming for our over 100 Local Societies across the United States and Canada. In these days of increased airfares and decreased budgets, it’s becoming increasingly more of a challenge for us to book travel arrangements for our lecturers. That’s why we’ve partnered with United Airlines and Delta Airlines to allow our members to support the AIA’s programming through their travel. If you have a frequent flier account with either of these airlines, you can help the AIA reduce expenses and fly world renowned lecturers to speak in a community near you as part of the AIA Lecture Program. And what’s the best part? You continue to... Read More
April 3, 2012
2010 AIA Pomerance Award for Scientific Contributions to Archaeology winner and Boston University professor, Paul Goldberg co-authored a paper published yesterday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America regarding the earliest known discovery of man-made fire.  This evidence, discovered in Wonderwerk Cave in South Africa pushes back the date of the first known man-made fires 200,000 years to one million years ago.  Goldberg and lead author Francesco Berna used the geoarchaeological, micromorphologic, and microstratigraphic techniques for which Goldberg won the AIA's Pomerance Award for in order to prove the existance of fire and confirm that it was created by humans. ... Read More
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