AIA Statements regarding the St. Louis Society
January 21, 2015

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This page contains links to the statements made concerning the AIA St. Louis Society.
The Council of the AIA met on Saturday, January 10 in New Orleans for its regular annual meeting. During the meeting it held a hearing “...to consider the AIA’s response to AIA−St. Louis Society’s recent commercial transactions.”
 

AIA Statement on the Recent Sale of Artifacts by the St. Louis Society
October 9, 2014

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The Archaeological Institute of America has learned with grave concern that the AIA St. Louis Society has sold a collection of Egyptian artifacts entrusted to its care.

The Archaeological Institute of America has learned with grave concern that the AIA St. Louis Society has sold a collection of Egyptian artifacts entrusted to its care.  These artifacts were allocated to the St. Louis Society in 1914 in return for support given to the excavations at Harageh directed by Sir Flinders Petrie.  Contemporary documents confirm that these objects were distributed with the understanding that they went to a public collection.  They were intended to benefit the citizens of St.

Achill Island 2018: Week 4
June 11, 2018

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Our task this week involved cleaning back the topsoil, and the form of Building 24 is already visible.

This week we started to really get into the archaeology. With the sod removed the next task involved cleaning back the topsoil to reveal the various features. Already the form of the building is visible under the thick layers of rubble. A number of large in-situ stones from the walls can be seen poking out from the collapse. Once the rooty topsoil was cleaned back, we began to plan the site at a scale of 1:20. This is our first plan and it will record the site in its collapsed state. In addition to scaled drawings we also recorded the building using photogrammetry.

Student Notebooks: Maddy & Grace Week 4
June 11, 2018

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In the fourth of our internship series of blogs, Madeleine Harris describes students finds, birds of prey(!) and a Fulacht Fia. What an exciting week...

Week 4 –  January 22, 2018

by Madeleine Harris

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Student Notebooks: Maddy & Grace Week 3
June 11, 2018

Planning in the Big Dig
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In this blog, Learn International intern Madeleine Harris describes Week 3. The very enthusiastic students are now making lots of progress.

Week 3 – January 15, 2018

by Madeleine Harris

While January 15th was the start of the third week for Grace and I, it was only the second week for the students, and their first whole week on site.  Now that the majority of the lectures and field trips were over, it was time for skills workshops, digging, and my favorite – beginning the post-excavation process.

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Student Notebooks: Maddy & Grace Week 2
June 11, 2018

Maddy and Grace sieving
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In the second of our internship series of blogs, Grace talks about Week 2. Can’t wait to get students out there digging in Summer.

Week 2 – January 7, 2018

by Grace Dennis-Toone

Week 2 began on Sunday the 7th when Denis, Maddy and I went on a reconnaissance trip to Ferns, Co. Wexford.  We travelled to Ferns with the aim of designing the next day’s activities for the students; we left with far more than that.  In the typical Irish manner we happened upon the caretaker of Ferns Castle, who kindly provided us with the years of research he had collected about Ferns, in particular Ferns Castle.

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Student Notebooks: Maddy & Grace Week 1
June 11, 2018

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In Spring 2018 we launched our first dual location internships.  Our first Learn International intern Madeleine (Maddy) Harris, and our IAFS field school ambassador at Flinders University, Australia – Grace Dennis-Toone excavated at Ferrycarrig and then undertook desktop archaeological work, contributing to ongoing research projects, in our Midland office. The girls wrote a series of blogs detailing their time with IAFS. Here is the first blog where Grace talks about Week 1

Week 1 – January 3, 2018

by Grace Dennis-Toone

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Pompeii 2018: Week 2
June 6, 2018

Figure 1: E side of the temple podium: fill of the foundation trench (SU 2602). Note the cavity full of lapilli (photo: VPP).
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Our latest report includes highlights from the second week (May 28-June 1) of the Venus Pompeiana Project.

In the W sector of the dig we excavated what we had taken to be an intact stretch of the construction fill from the foundation trench of the trachyte temple podium. This stratigraphic unit seemed to consisted of debris resulting from the in-situ finishing of the blocks (figure 1). A cavity full of lapilli can be associated with the shuttering (formworks) of the concrete substructures, which also retained the baulk of the foundation trench. The lapilli were probably redeposited from above after the post itself had decomposed.

AIA Tours: Cruising the Scottish Isles & Norwegian Fjords
June 5, 2018 | by

Jarlshof at the southern tip of the Shetland Islands. © Lauren Cummings
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There are many highlights on a tour such as Scottish Isles & Norwegian Fjords, including UNESCO designated sites in Norway, such as the Bryggens waterfront and also the Fjordland. A personal favourite has to be the colourful and vibrant waterfront of the Bryggen area, developed by the Hanseatic merchants from North Germany and whose closed community focussed on the monopoly they held of the fish trade.

There are many highlights on a tour such as Scottish Isles & Norwegian Fjords, including UNESCO designated sites in Norway, such as the Bryggens waterfront and also the Fjordland. A personal favourite has to be the colourful and vibrant waterfront of the Bryggen area, developed by the Hanseatic merchants from North Germany and whose closed community focussed on the monopoly they held of the fish trade.

Achill Island 2018: Week 3
June 4, 2018

At the Napoleonic tower during orientation
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The first week this season with a big group of students, the team began work at the site of AAFS’ first excavation at Keem Bay.

This week our first big group of students arrived and we began work at the site of our first excavation at Keem Bay. After orientation on Monday and Tuesday, we started de-sodding on Wednesday. 2018 is our fifth and last season of excavation at the pre-Famine village of Keem. This year we’re targeting what we suspect may be the oldest part of the village, perhaps representing an early seasonal grazing settlement that expanded into a more permanent village during the late 18th century. De-sodding the site was hard work due to the thick heather and fern roots covering the site.

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