AIA News

October 17, 2020

And the winner is…. ARCHAEOLOGY

In the AIA’s third of four planned tweetathons in honor of International Archaeology Day this month, we asked our friends on Twitter to weigh in on the proper spelling of arch(a)eology. In the #ArchaeologyVsArcheology Challenge IAD collaborating organizations and individuals weighed in with whether they were on #TeamArchaeology or #TeamArcheology. Several tweeters pointed out the etymology of the spelling difference, directing participants to a short history of the divergence that emerged out of the US Government Printing Office in 1890 or 1801. Read more on the Society for American Archaeology’s website.

After some friendly competition and banter, the overwhelming winner (decided by hashtag frequency) was #TeamArchaeology, with 53 mentions on Friday in contrast to #TeamArcheology’s 31.

Today is the last International Archaeology Day tweetathon for this year and we invite you to document how you are celebrating today with #IAD2020 and to share the importance of archaeology with #WhyArchaeology.

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