Archaeologists You Should Know

We asked archaeologists, historians, and classicists: who are the archaeologists the public should know? These profiles share the life and work of important archaeologists, and celebrate the excitement of archaeological discovery. This month, we feature Canadian archaeologist Mary Ross Ellingson. Ellingson specialized in the study of Greek terracotta figurines. Despite the importance of her research to our understanding of these objects in domestic contexts, her contributions were only recently rediscovered.

Archaeology Abridged

Join us for these live lectures featuring different archaeologists throughout the year. Each lecture offers a short, thirty-minute talk on a variety of archaeological topics. The talks are free, but registration is required. Most lectures will be recorded and available via the link below. Up next: join us Thursday, June 24, 1:00 pm EST for "Interpreting Sutton Hoo" with Martin Carver.

Build Your Own Monument

This year’s Build Your Own Monument competition wrapped up with a “Pick Your Own Monument” category that yielded forty submissions from around the world celebrating some of the world’s most iconic monuments.

International Archaeology Day

IAD 2020 was a celebration unlike any other in the ten-year history of the program. The AIA’s largest outreach initiative usually features hundreds of in-person archaeological activities, but celebrating IAD in the middle of a pandemic necessitated a complete rethinking of the program. This year we turned our focus from in-person events to mostly virtual ones. We would like to thank all our collaborators who displayed incredible creativity and resourcefulness in providing IAD programs and activities.

Archaeology Magazine

ARCHAEOLOGY has been published continuously for more than 70 years by the Archaeological Institute of America, which is dedicated to supporting archaeological inquiry and to fostering the pursuit of knowledge about human heritage. The March/April issue of ARCHAEOLOGY explores how Peru’s Chachapoya people built a formidable mountaintop citadel and buried their dead in cliff-side cemeteries. Other features include the story of the rise of a Visigothic city in Spain, a look at the enigmatic "T-doors” of the American Southwest, and the forgotten history of a 2,500-year-old spice trading power in Saudi Arabia.

American Journal of Archaeology

The AJA, one of the world's most respected journals devoted to Mediterranean archaeology, has set the standard for archaeological scholarship since 1885. The April 2021 issue brings readers articles discussing the use of a particular Greek vessel type as a lamp, a cast-lead curse effigy from Paros, and the significance of Libertas on Roman imperial coinage, as well as open access field reports on Ptolemaic Berenike and a sixth-century CE shipwreck at Marzamemi. And for everyone missing the museum experience, there's an open access review of "Making The Met, 1870–2020" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Archaeologists You Should Know

Archaeology Abridged

Build Your Own Monument

International Archaeology Day

Archaeology Magazine

American Journal of Archaeology

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