2010 Field School Scholarship Winner: Sarah Newman - The Landscape Succession Project, Guatemala
October 8, 2010 | by Author Sarah Newman

Newman at El Diablo tomb site
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As a member of the Proyecto Arqueológico El Zotz during the 2010 fieldwork season, I worked alongside the project’s Guatemalan Co-Director, Lic. Edwin Román, in excavations at a civic-ceremonial group known as El Diablo.  The El Diablo satellite group is located directly to the west of the principal ruins of the site of El Zotz itself, in the Petén region of Guatemala.  These investigations increased data retrieved during previous field seasons seeking to explain the abrupt abandonment of El Diablo during the Early Classic period (A.D.

2010 Field School Scholarship Winner: Katie Murtough - Slavia Field School in Mortuary Archaeology, Drawsko, Poland
October 8, 2010 | by Author Katie Murtough

Murtough mapping the well-preserved man's grave at Drawsko
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After four weeks in the trenches braving bipolar weather systems bent on eroding our findings or the top layers of our skin, carrying sand upon my body as a constant companion to my daily activities, preventing the local canids from making off with what they could only reasonably assume were the equivalents of the bones fed to them by their owners, uncovering a Drawsko vampire, and acquiring the mark of any dedicated archaeologist whose work requires their backside to commune with the unforgiving sun, I would not have traded any moment of my field school experience.

2010 Field School Scholarship Winner: Jessica Galea - Amarna Project, Egypt
October 7, 2010 | by Author Jessica Galea

Galea with fellow students in Lab
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My first field school with the Amarna Project in Egypt was truly a life-changing experience.  Not only was it a first step into my intended career, but it was a character-building environment that changed perspectives about myself and my world.  Stepping into the unknown with a dozen strangers takes a great deal of mental fortitude alone, especially when that unknown turns out to include temperatures of 120˚ F and a striking new culture.  However, the challenges mean little when one is given the opportunity to explore the magnificent wonders of ancient Egypt, from the pyramids to highly dec

2010 Field School Scholarship Winner: Amanda Flannery - Kincaid Mounds, Illinois
October 7, 2010 | by Author Amanda Flannery

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My experience at the Southern Illinois Carbondale field school excavating the Kincaid Mounds was eye opening because it revealed to me the dedication and physical stamina required to become an archaeologist. A person must feel a deep passion for the culture they are studying to be willing to dig for ten hours in the blazing sun every single day. I grew to know that personal commitment through my various learning experiences and through the exploration of the complex Mississippian culture.

From Cyprus with Love
September 28, 2010

Tasoula Manaridis of Cyprus Tourism Organization welcomes guests.
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Brief Description: 
On Thursday, September 23, 2010, more than 325 friends of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) gathered at the Times Center in New York City to explore the rich history and culture of Cyprus.

On Thursday, September 23, 2010, more than 325 friends of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) gathered at the Times Center in New York City to explore the rich history and culture of Cyprus. The evening, which was made possible by the generosity of the Cyprus Tourism Organization, also celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Republic of Cyprus. Distinguished guests included Ambassadors Pavlos Anastasiades and Nicos Agathocleous.

AIA Members Standing Up for Greek Archaeology
September 24, 2010 | by

Midnight Thursday marked the end of the period during which the public could post opinions on the regulations.gov website about the proposed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the United States and Greece on the imposition of import restrictions on archaeological and other materials from Greece. The Archaeological Institute of America strongly endorses the MoU. Hundreds of AIA members submitted letters to the State Department expressing their support for the MoU.

Reconstructing a Roundhouse in Kissonerga, Cyprus
September 23, 2010 | by Author Lindy Crewe

Children treading mud at the roundhouse open day.
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An update from Lindy Crewe about the AIA Site Preservation Grant awarded to Kissonerga, Cyprus.

Since reporting to the AIA in June 2010, we have made an impressive amount of progress towards the goal of building a replica of a Chalcolithic roundhouse within the roofed and fenced visitor area of the site of Kissonerga-Mosphilia near Paphos. The site was excavated by Professor Edgar Peltenburg of the University of Edinburgh from 1979–92 and is one of the largest and most important Chalcolithic settlements on the island, with preserved structures dating from around 4000–2400 BC.

Help Preserve Archaeology in Greece
September 15, 2010 | by

Be an Archaeologist for a Day at an AIA Archaeology Fair
September 9, 2010 | by

AIA Director of Programs Ben Thomas and his family at the Third Annual AIA-MOS Fair in Boston, MA

The AIA’s public outreach programs, which range from weeklong conferences with thousands of attendees to workshops for handfuls of middle-school teachers, are at the core of the Institute’s mission to inform and educate. Several of our signature programs, such as the Annual Meeting, National Lecture Program, and Archaeology Fairs, are organized by staff in our Boston office. Numerous events are also organized at the local community level by more than 100 AIA Local Societies across the U.S., Canada, and Europe.

Dispatches form the AIA - September/October 2010
September 1, 2010

AIA Lecturer Roberto Nardi at work conserving ancient sculptures
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The Latest from the Field; AIA's Website Gets a Makeover!; Submerged Maya Site Preserved; Upcoming Archaeology Fairs

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