11th Annual AIA Archaeology Fair Presenters
Archaeological Institute of America: Context Corner
Why is archaeological context so important? Discover information about artifacts based on where they were found, information that could never be discovered if they were found by looting.
Archaeological Institute of America: Honk! For Site Preservation
It’s important to protect archaeological sites. Learn why, and spread the word by making your own bumper sticker!
Archaeological Institute of America: Inca Quipu
Instead of having a writing system, ancient Incas recorded information through a system of knotted cords, known as quipu. Come learn about this interesting system, then make one of your own!
Witte Museum: Made by Hand
Learn a new skill! Experience the hard work that goes into making your own piece of cordage out of the Texas native plant Lechugilla.
AIA—Southwest Texas Archaeology Society: Rome in the New World
See the influence of Ancient Rome on Spain, and how the Spanish introduced Roman architectural elements to the New World. Build a Roman arch and construct a 3-D model of the San JoséMission Church!
Southern Texas Archaeological Association: South Central Texas Archaeology
See and touch prehistoric stone tools and replicas of hunting implements. Learn about these artifacts and their archaeological, cultural, and environmental contexts.
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures: Archaeology in Texas Tex-Kit
Project yourself 50 years into the future and discover what archaeologists will learn about people from the year 2011 based on what was left behind! Dig deeper to learn even more about the layers of San Antonio’s past.
UTSA Center for Archaeological Research, Legacy Program: Mock Dig with Legacy
Participate in a mock archaeological excavation, screen for artifacts, and learn how to map an excavation unit.
Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, University of Arizona: Tree-Rings and Time
Learn about dendrochronology and how archaeologists use tree rings to date archaeological sites!
Franklin Pierce University Anthropology Club: Understanding Atlatls
Learn about the history and use of the atlatl, followed by a demonstration and question and answer session.
St. Louis Community College: Archaeology of Medieval Knights and Castles
See, feel, and make replicas of some of the items that archaeologists find when conducting archaeological digs at castles in Europe!
American Research Center in Egypt: Pyramid Building
Cut four equilateral triangles from Egyptian scenes, cleverly put them together, and create a pyramid!
Gault School of Archaeological Research: Patterns of the Past
See examples of incised stones found at the Gault paleoindian site in Central Texas and make your own to take home!
San Antonio Museum of Art: Fun with Hieroglyphs
Use the hieroglyphic alphabet to write your name on papyrus!
Celtaire String Band: Heritage & Historical Music
Learn about historical music in America in Texas from 1700-1890. Find out about music in daily life, military influence, entertainment, and more and see fiddles, penny whistles, “bass” boxes, tambourines, scrub boards, spoons, and limberjacks.
SHUMLA Archeological Research and Education Center: Friction Fire-Starting
Learn how fires can be started with friction!
Texas Coritani: Celtic Technology and Material Culture from Iron Age Britain
See various aspects of Iran Age Celtic living, including a hide-covered boat (coracle), the tools and weapons of the Celtic Warrior, and utensils and activities of daily life. Participate in demonstrations including leatherwork and grinding grain into a stone quern!
Fair presenters interacted with nearly 5500 people over the AIA's two-day event.
Thank you to all our presenters, volunteers, and attendees for making the fair such a wonderful event!
On May 9, the AIA held a summit meeting to discuss new directions for the AIA and archaeology in K-12 Education.
Last weekend, the AIA participated in Family Science Days at Hynes Convention Center in Boston.
This year’s contest featured eight projects doing outreach alongside excavation in Bulgaria, Cambodia, Egypt, India, Macedonia, New York, North Carolina, and Pakistan.