Lloyd E. Cotsen, 1929 – 2017
May 10, 2017

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It is with great sadness that we must report that Lloyd E. Cotsen passed away yesterday.  

It is with great sadness that we must report that Lloyd E. Cotsen passed away yesterday.  The AIA wishes to offer our deepest sympathy to all who were fortunate enough to count Mr. Cotsen as a friend and supporter.  A former AIA Trustee, and recipient of the Martha and Artemis Joukowsky Distinguished Service Award, Mr. Cotsen has been a generous and  long-time supporter of the organization’s programs and initiatives. In recent years, Mr. Cotsen provided grant funding for the Cotsen Excavation Program.

AIA-Jacksonville Develops Series of Multi-Media Presentations
May 5, 2017 | by Author Sophie Will

Cypress Village (Photo Courtesy of Karl Price)
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Brief Description: 
The AIA-Jacksonville Society is developing a series of presentations about their society using multi-media materials across the city of Jacksonville.

FLORIDA-The AIA-Jacksonville Society is developing a series of presentations about their society using multi-media materials across the city of Jacksonville.

The series has been presented four times already, with plans for it to continue traveling around the city. The Society is particularly targeting the interested retirement community and educational programs in Jacksonville.

Funding approved for the HEH and NEA
May 3, 2017 | by Author

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Good news! Congress has approved funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, and other agencies for this fiscal year: 

Good news! Congress has approved funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, and other agencies for this fiscal year:  

https://heritagecoalition.org/spending-deal-means-heritage-preservation/

Your voices and efforts played a key role in bringing about this positive outcome. We will keep you posted on any further developments.

Sincerely,

AIA-Greensboro Presents Archaeology in the Triad for All Ages
May 3, 2017 | by Author Sophie Will

Greensboro Society Table with Joanne Murphy and Maura Heyn (Photo Courtesy of the AIA-Greensboro Society)
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The AIA-Greensboro Society held a lively event last November exploring Archaeology in the Triad at the David and Rachel Caldwell Historic Site in Greensboro, North Carolina.

NORTH CAROLINA-The AIA-Greensboro Society held a lively event last November exploring Archaeology in the Triad at the David and Rachel Caldwell Historic Site in Greensboro, North Carolina.

About 100 people attended the presentations by the University of North Carolina at Greensboro faculty members on their work in Greece, Syria, Peru, Israel, Africa, and North Carolina.

April Brings 71 More Collaborators for Archaeology Day 2017
May 3, 2017 | by Author Sophie Will

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In April alone, 71 organizations had volunteered to organize events for this October.

A rapidly increasing number of worldwide organizations are signing up to be Collaborating Organizations for International Archaeology Day 2017. In April alone, 71 organizations volunteered to organize events for this October. This brings our grand total to 136 Collaborating Organizations ready to celebrate archaeology in just a few months. At this current pace, IAD 2017 is predicted to be the largest global celebration of archaeology yet.

The following list includes the organizations that signed up for IAD 2017 in April:

Presentations on Cultural Heritage Preservation with the AIA-Minnesota Society
April 25, 2017 | by Author Sophie Will

Emily Heimerman, advisor Vanča Schrunk, and Alexander Moline present their work in Sveti Klement in Croatia and Norskedalen Farmstead in Wisconsin.
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Brief Description: 
For International Archaeology Day 2016, the AIA-Minnesota Society hosted a lecture and student poster presentations on cultural heritage preservation.

MINNESOTA- For International Archaeology Day 2016, the AIA-Minnesota Society hosted a lecture and student poster presentations on cultural heritage preservation.

The AIA-Minnesota Society was the recipient of an AIA Society Outreach Grant, which enabled them to host this event and serve refreshments during the reception, encouraging social time and informal discussion between students and the community.

AIA Awards Excavation Grants to Projects in Guatemala and Italy
April 24, 2017

Jessica Munson (on right) with project co-director, Lorena Paiz
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The AIA has awarded Cotsen Excavation Grants to Jessica L. Munson (Lycoming College) and D. Alexander Walthall (University of Texas).

The AIA awarded the Cotsen Excavation Grant for first-time project directors to Jessica L. Munson, Assistant Professor of Latin American Archaeology at Lycoming College in Pennsylvania and Director of the Altar de Sacrificios Archaeological Project (ALSAP) in Guatemala. Archaeological investigations at Altar de Sacrificios, located at the mouth of the Pasión River, have identified the ancient Maya site as an important trading center that was continuously occupied for nearly two millennia starting at about 900 BCE.

A Day of Exploration: Midwest AIA Societies Field Trip
April 18, 2017 | by Author Jane Waldbaum

At the Kenosha Public Museum (Photo Credit: Steve Morse)
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Brief Description: 
On April 8 the AIA-Milwaukee Society organized a field trip to two museums in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

On Saturday, April 8, 2017 the AIA-Milwaukee Society organized a field trip to two fascinating museums in Kenosha, Wisconsin—the Kenosha Public Museum home of the Hebior and Schaeffer mammoth remains and the Civil War Museum of Kenosha. The two museums are next door to each other and occupy a lovely setting on Lake Michigan near downtown Kenosha. They also share administration and facilities such as conservation, preparation, and other labs. AIA members of several Midwest local societies were invited to participate.

Achill Island 2017: "Cromlech" EBA Roundhouse Update
April 14, 2017

Work on the Cromlech roundhouse in 2016
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This summer, we will pick up where we left off in 2016. Read about past excavations and our plans for 2017!

Slievemore is a special mountain. Its slopes bear the traces of over 6000 years of human settlement and activity from the earliest Neolithic megalithic tombs to the ‘lazy bed’ ridges used to grow potatoes until well into the 20th century. One of the busiest periods in the life of the mountain was undoubtedly the second millennium BCE. Since 2006 the Achill Archaeological Field School has been surveying and excavating the remains of an extensive Middle Bronze Age landscape that extended across the southern slopes of the mountain.

65 Archaeology Day 2017 Collaborators at end of March
April 7, 2017

Brief Description: 
By the end of March, 65 organizations from around the world had already signed up as collaborators for International Archaeology Day.

Organizations from around the world are signing on as Collaborating Organizations for International Archaeology Day 2017 at record breaking speeds.  By the end of March, 65 organizations had already signed up and new sign ups continue to come in almost daily.  Last year, when IAD grew by nearly 200 events to a total of about 700 celebrations around the world, the AIA received the same number of sign ups as we currently hold by mid-June.  With that in mind, IAD 2017 is on pace to be the largest global celebration of archaeology yet.

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