AIA News

March 14, 2019

2019-2020 AIA Grant Winners

by AIA

The Archaeological Institute of America is pleased to announce our 2019-2020 Grant Winners.

Each year the AIA awards a variety of grants, fellowships, and scholarships to support the efforts of scholars and students around the world. These funds aid in archaeological research, the publication of that research, and with site preservation. We are pleased to announce our most recent grant recipients:

The Kathleen and David Boochever Endowment Fund for Fieldwork and Scientific Analyses

Brian Martens

Post-doctoral Fellow

Department of Greek and Roman Art

Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY

Martens will use a variety of scientific techniques to trace the sources of marble used by sculptors in Roman Athens. Determining the sources of marbles will allow Martens to reconstruct trade networks and produce a more complete picture of the creation and diffusion of art throughout the Mediterranean basin  in the Roman-period.

Julie Herzig Desnick Endowment Fund for Archaeological Field Surveys

A. Khaled Abu Jayyab

Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations

University of Toronto

Abu Jayyab received the award for an archaeological survey within the Middle Kura Valley, Gardabani, Southeastern Georgia—an area that is relatively unknown in terms of archaeological research. The survey will uncover and document archaeological sites in the region using a predictive model developed by Abu Jayyab and his team

Richard C. MacDonald Iliad Endowment for Archaeological Research

Kim Shelton

Associate Professor & Director of the Nemea Center for Classical Archaeology

University of California, Berkeley

Shelton and The Tombs of Aidonia Preservation, Heritage, and explOration Synergasia (TAPHOS) will explore how Mycenaean mortuary practices and ancestor worship were adopted beyond palatial sites throughout the Bronze Age by means of the systematic excavation and interpretation of recovered materials from the Bronze Age cemetery at Aidonia, Greece.

Florence Gaignerot-Driessen

Director of the Anavlochos Project, French School at Athens

Lecturer in Archaeology, Institut Catholique de Paris, France

Gaignerot-Driessen will examine data gathered from tumuli at the Early Iron Age cemetery of Anavlochos in Eastern Crete to address the issue of tumuli as emblematic monuments in Homer’s Iliad. The Anavlochos tumuli are especially significant as they are the very first Cretan examples of this type of funerary construction.

The Ellen and Charles Steinmetz Endowment Fund for Archaeology

Kate Liszka

Benson and Pamela Harer Fellow in Egyptology

California State University San Bernardino

Liszka was awarded a grant for the the Wadi el-Hudi Expedition that has been surveying and excavating ancient fortified settlements and mines in Egypt’s Eastern Desert since 2014. The imminent destruction of the archaeology of the area by new gold mines has forced the project to accelerate the pace of their research. Liszka and her team have developed a technique for ground-based photogrammetric survey using multiple cameras mounted on poles to rapidly finish surveying the standing architecture, rock inscriptions, and other archaeological remains in the area.

Learn more about AIA grants, as well as AIA fellowships and scholarships here.

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