Best AIA Local Society Program Submissions 2012

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2012 Roman Spectacle
Tucson Society

On the afternoon of April 27, 2012, in an grassy arena on the University of Arizona campus, the Tucson Society of the AIA—a good organization whose members love the people—will present a Roman gladiatorial spectacle of magnificent proportions! Following a cross-campus procession of participants led by our beloved emperor, some solemn ceremonial and imperial largesse for the hoi polloi, the games will begin! Featured will be ferocious beasts! barbarian warriors! heartless criminals! and as culmination, the combat of several pairs of matched gladiators! All in attendance will enjoy the spectacle of Roman power and justice. Praise the emperor!

Submitted by: John Bauschatz
Audience:
Local society
K-12
college/university
general public
educators

Estimated number of people reached: 200

AIA-SWTAS Trip to Gault Excavation
Southwest Texas

AIA-Southwest TX Archaeological Society toured the Gault Paleo-Indian site on 30 Oct 2011, learning about the geography and history of the site, and lifeways of the early hunter-gatherers that lived there from at least 15,000 BCE until possibly 8000 BCE. 40 society members were led by director Dr. Clark Werneke, who provided a lively description of this pre-Clovis site, extensive flint remains, on-going excavation, atlatl throwing, rock ovens, and other evidence of remains. Members had a great opportunity to learn about ancient, non-classical archaeology! AIA-SWTAS may start participating in the dig school managed by Dr. Werneke.

Submitted by: Laura Childs
Audience: Local society
Archaeology in the Classroom, Grade 5 Curriculum Project
AIA Ottawa Society

We created a grade 5 curriculum that is compatible with the Ontario Social Studies Curriculum. This project aims to bring Greek, Roman and Egyptian archaeology and history into the classroom. We launched the project on National Archaeology Day 2011 with resounding success. We joined forces with the Greek Embassy for the promotion of this curriculum and to-date the project has been delivered to 20 schools, 4 home-school groups and two different embassies. We have also done outreach with the Greek and Jewish communities in Ottawa by bringing excavation box kits to afterschool programs to promote archaeology and the curriculum.

Submitted by: Sabrina Higgins
Audience:
Local society
K-12
educators

Estimated number of people reached: 100

Parilia: Celebrating Rome's Birthday
Central Carolinas Society

In a wooded glade perfumed with the aromas of ritual fires, 60 archaeology enthusiasts of all ages came together on April 21, 2012, to celebrate the ritual purification of the spring season and the festive celebration of the foundation of the city of Rome. The event was an opportunity for society members, sixth graders from Woodlawn School, students of Davidson College, and the local community to join together for the ritual re-enactment of the rites of Parilia, as described by the poet Ovid. Participants also learned how to make Roman frescoes according to historically accurate techniques.

Submitted by: Hilary Becker
Audience:
Local society
K-12
college/university
general public

Estimated number of people reached: 60

 

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