Promote Archaeological Discovery and Education in Your Community
November 18, 2016
Your support is needed to help the AIA to continue funding innovative programs, at the local level, that connect the public with archaeology. If you believe that archaeology matters, as we do, please help us to foster compelling educational activities that engage people of all ages and backgrounds with the lessons that the past can teach. Support Local AIA Societies
"I've never seen the Local Societies so engaged and so creative as they have been since the Society Outreach Grant Program was instituted." - Jane C. Waldbaum, AIA Past President and Former Milwaukee Society President
In 2014, the Charlottesville Local Society used their Society Outreach Grant to organize a day-long archaeology fair at the Betsy and John Casteen Arts Grounds that featured a simulated excavation, pottery reconstruction, collection showings, and book readings.
Thanks to the support of the AIA, in 2014, the Cincinnati Local Society hosted an archaeology fair that included pottery production lessons, a costumed Roman centurion, flintknapping demonstrations, Roman dice games, and clay-stamping activities.
The Gainesville Local Society premiered its new archaeology-based exhibit, First Colony, at the Florida Museum of Natural History on International Archaeology Day in 2015 thanks to AIA support. The exhibit focused on St. Augustine, the oldest continuously occupied city in North America.
After receiving a Society Outreach Grant in 2016, nearly 600 people came out to attend the Spokane Local Society's day-long event, "Rome and its Legions," featuring a troupe of Roman reenactors demonstrating Roman culture and hosted at Gonzaga University.
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In 2013, archaeology came into the classroom for the Southwest Texas Local Society. Thanks to AIA support, they hosted an ancient writing workshop, where children could use clay, paper, wood, and other materials to learn how to write in ancient scripts.
In only its second year of existence, the Jacksonville Local Society received an AIA Society Outreach Grant and hosted a public archaeological dig, in cooperation with Dr. Keith Ashley of the University of North Florida, allowing many members to experience their first dig.