Best AIA Local Society Program Submissions 2013

Congratulations to the AIA-Milwaukee Society, whose Lab open house on "The Archaeology of Food and Drink" was voted the best Society program or event that took place between September 1, 2012, and April 30, 2013. Read more 

Dig-in-a-Box Outreach Program
Ottawa

Our society has been offering archaeology-based workshops to educational institutes throughout the Ottawa area using our "Dig-in-a-Box." Using clear bins, we build stratigraphic layers using different soils, hiding various "artefacts" and coins throughout the layers to simulate a dig site. We provide the necessary tools to conduct our "mini-dig" as well as excavation sheets so our students can really get a feel for archaeology. We offer the program through the University of Ottawa's Museum of Classical Antiquities so we are able to reach members of the public as well as University students and staff.

Submitted by: Matt Black

Audience:
Local society
K-12
college/university
general public
tourists
educators


Estimated number of people reached: 150-200

Fall Forum
Central Arizona Society

The AIA Central Arizona Society partnered with ASU to offer our third annual Fall Forum in Classics on November 16, 2012. Over 150 students from local high schools visited ASU’s campus for the day, to experience archaeology-based lectures, games, contests, and creative activities. Interactive and hands-on presentations from professors volunteering with Apples + Archaeology (our outreach program) formed the centerpiece of the day’s events, with topics ranging from ancient Greek sacrifice to skeletal remains in archaeology. Students also had a chance to win prizes in various competitions including a poster contest, impromptu art contest, and the popular "certamen" trivia contest.

Submitted by: Almira Poudrier

Audience:
K-12
college/university
educators


Estimated number of people reached: 150-200

Lecture Program
Boston

The Boston Society held two lectures this year. The spring talk was about looting artifacts in the Holy Land by Dr. Morag Kersel, DePaul University. Held at Boston University, more than 50 attended. Next year the Boston Society will host three lectures. One will be held at Wellesley College where new Boston Society President, Bryan Burns, is on the faculty.

Submitted by: Dr. Paul Properzio, Boston Society Vice President

Audience:
Local society
K-12
college/university
general public
tourists
educators
archaeological professionals


Estimated number of people reached: 100+

Monmouth College's Second Annual Archaeology Day
Western Illinois Society

On April 16th, 2013, around 30 eager attendees watched as artist, flintknapper, and expert ancient weapons craftsman John Bybee flintknapped a biface, threw the atlatl, shot the bow and arrow, manufactured pine pitch, and talked about brain tanning. Following quick individual tutorials, John allowed enthusiastic attendees to throw the atlatl and/or shoot the bow and arrow themselves. After the outdoor activities, it was time for the grand opening of the new and improved Monmouth College Native American Artifact Collection display case and then Professor Bill Caraher's AIA Cesnola Lecture, "Dream Archaeology." A good time was had by all.

Submitted by: Kristian Lorenzo

Audience:
Local society
college/university
general public
educators
archaeological professionals


Estimated number of people reached: 35-100

Podcasts
Cincinnati

This year the Cincinnati Society expanded its Outreach Program through podcasts produced and recorded by students and faculty from the University of Cincinnati Classics Department. The thirteen episodes, each about 10 minutes, were designed for a general audience and are available through several websites, including that of the AIA and iTunes where they have attracted hundreds of listeners. Topics include Pompeii, the Dead Sea Scrolls and Cincinnati’s connections to Classical antiquity as well as interviews with AIA lecturers, who visited Cincinnati and were eager to discuss their work in this exciting format. Listen and learn! http://classics.uc.edu/index.php/podcasts

Submitted by: Ann Santen

Audience:
Local society
K-12
college/university
general public
tourists
educators
archaeological professionals


Estimated number of people reached: c. 10,000

SNACKTACLE- HISTORICALLY-INSPIRED TREATS
AIA Tucson Society

Ever noticed that sometimes the delectables laid out for consumption at AIA Tucson lectures and events are fancier than the average cookie or cracker? Well, they often are (even if you haven't noticed), thanks to the Snacktacle project (http://aiatucson.arizona.edu/content/roman-snacktacle)! Historically relevant treats are created to extend the educational intent of our AIA lecturers while fostering community and commensality through the sharing of food. Relying on ancient recipes, artifacts, visual material and spices and herbs known from text and archaeology, the Snacktacle project enhances the learning experience shared by speakers, students, and the wider community in tastefully tasty ways.

Submitted by: Eleni Hasaki

Audience:
Local society
college/university
general public
educators
archaeological professionals


Estimated number of people reached: 600

Students in Archaeology: Poster Presentation of Recent Fieldwork
Minnesota

We celebrated National Archaeology Day with a poster session featuring the archaeological work of eleven undergraduate and graduate students from five Minnesota colleges and universities. The sites represented are in Bulgaria, Croatia, Israel, Italy, and Jordan. The poster session brought together students and professionals from different institutions, as well as AIA-MN members, some parents and the public at large. Thanks to the Outreach Grant, we were able to serve refreshments at this event, which encouraged mingling and conversation. By presenting their work, students introduced their classmates, families and friends to the AIA and to its global work.

Submitted by: Vanessa Rousseau

Audience:
Local society
college/university
general public
educators
archaeological professionals


Estimated number of people reached: 50

The Archaeology of Food and Drink: National Archaeology Day 2012
Milwaukee

In honor of National Archaeology Day, 2012, the AIA-Milwaukee Society and the Archaeological Research Laboratory at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee organized a Lab open house on "The Archaeology of Food and Drink." Archaeologists from UW-Milwaukee, Marquette University, Discovery World, and the Milwaukee Public Museum presented displays and hands-on demonstrations illustrating how peoples in several different cultures procured and prepared their food and drink. More than 50 visitors sampled a variety of tasty Maya, Celtic, Roman, and Kwakiutl treats, learned the right starter (spit) for maize beer, or chicha, and took home recipes. Presenter blogs: http://www4.uwm.edu/archlab/AIA/archday2012blog.cfm. Recipes: http://www4.uwm.edu/archlab/AIA/archday2012.cfm. Chocolate tamales anyone?

Submitted by: Jane Waldbaum

Audience:
Local society
K-12
college/university
general public
educators
archaeological professionals


Estimated number of people reached: 50+

TX Archaeology Day Activities
AIA-Southwest TX Archaeological Society

SWTAS participated in TX Archaeology Day activities at the San Antonio Missions National Park on Oct 11, 2012. We held a workshop on Ancient Writing techniques for school children, highlighting Mayan glyphs and calendar, Linear B script, and Ogham (Ancient Celtic) runes. 1500 children were taught about the cultures that designed the scripts and shown how to write their names and birthdates in the ancient scripts. Society archaeologists created posters and handouts for each activity, then helped to explain them to the children. More than 30 society members helped the children to interpret and write their names. In addition, information on the AIA, its Site Preservation Grants, ancient cultures, and SWTAS activities were available for the public to explore. A great time was had by both society volunteers and the children!

Submitted by: Laura Childs

Audience:
Local society
K-12
general public


Estimated number of people reached: 1500

Visit Peru’s Wari at The Wine Spot
Cleveland Archaeological Society

The Cleveland Museum of Art recently exhibited “Wari: Lords of the Ancient Andes.” The Cleveland Archaeological Society enlisted CMA curator Dr. Susan Bergh to talk about pre-Inca Wari culture at a wine-tasting of four “ancient ales”—Aztec, Chinese, Etruscan, and Turkish recipes reverse-engineered from archaeological findings and specially aged by Dogfish Head craft brewery. The CAS event raised more than $700 towards a student internship at an Ohio dig in Summer 2013. This fundraiser will repeat in October with Sicilian wines. The CMA’s Wari exhibit has moved on to Fort Lauderdale, FL, and Fort Worth, TX. http://www.Dogfish.com/Brews-Spirits/the-Brews/Occasional-Rarities/index... http://www.clevelandart.org/events/exhibitions/wari-lords-ancient-andes http://www.ClevelandArt.org/events/exhibitions/Sicily-Art-and-Invention-... http://www.case.edu/artsci/clsc/casmain.html

Submitted by: David A. Richardson

Audience:
Local society
college/university
general public
educators
archaeological professionals


Estimated number of people reached: 62

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The Bozeman Society has put together "The Archaeology of Food, Nutrition and Culture"—a grade school curriculum designed to meet sixth grade performance standards in world history, science, social studies and geography.

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