International Archaeology Day Blog

IAD Collaborators on What Works Online and What Doesn’t

July 6, 2020

On June 18, the AIA hosted its second themed online session for IAD Collaborating Organizations, with twenty-eight participants attending a Zoom session on “What Works Online, What Doesn’t.”

AIA Hosts First Themed IAD Listening Session

June 17, 2020

On Wednesday June 10th, the Archaeological Institute of America hosted its first themed online listening session for International Archaeology Day Collaborating Organizations—Keeping Things Hands-on at Home: Creating Kits. Hosted by AIA Programs Staff Ben Thomas and Meredith Langlitz, the session was the first in a series of programs created for IAD collaborators to network and […]

Transforming International Archaeology Day Celebrations in 2020

June 4, 2020

As we have ramped up our efforts leading to the celebration of the 10th anniversary of International Archaeology Day (IAD) in 2020, we have had to confront the impact the COVID-19 pandemic will have on our global event. IAD 2020 is going to look and feel very different from our previous celebrations of archaeology.  Since […]

Build Your Own Monument Competition Recap

May 22, 2020

We were delighted with the response to our first Build Your Own Monument competition that wrapped up last week.  We received 320 entries from 14 countries, 30 U.S. states, and the District of Columbia showcasing a lot of creativity in response to our challenge to reconstruct Stonehenge, El Castillo at Chichén Itzá, the Colosseum, and […]

Results For Week 4: Build Your Own Monument—Pyramids at Giza

May 15, 2020

It may not be possible to visit Egypt right now but that didn’t stop this week’s Build Your Own Monument contestants from transporting us to the famed pyramid complex in Giza. While the pyramids featured in the final week of the competition are not near the Nile, they do come from an impressive array of […]

Results for Week 3: Build Your Own Monument—the Colosseum

May 8, 2020

While Rome wasn’t built in a day, many of the Colosseum entries in the AIA’s International Archaeology Day Build Your Own Monument competition were! In the third week of monument building, 68 contestants in the Youth, Family, and Adult categories took on the challenge of reconstructing the nearly two thousand year old Flavian Amphitheater. The […]

Results for Week 2: Build Your Own Monument—Chichén Itzá

May 1, 2020

Last week’s Stonehenge challenge got the ball rolling for the Build Your Own Monument contest. This week 60 competitors submitted their creative and original replicas of the Temple of Kukulkan, or El Castillo, from the Maya site of Chichén Itzá. Chichen Itza is a remarkable Maya site that has been classified as one of the […]

Build Your Own Stonehenge Results

April 24, 2020

As modern civilizations hunkered down to combat the spread of COVID-19, the Archaeological Institute of America launched a competition that challenged individuals and families stuck at home to replicate some of the most iconic monuments from ancient civilizations. The AIA’s Build Your Own Monument competition invites participants to create miniature models of Stonehenge (deadline: April […]

The IAD Build Your Own Monument Challenge has Begun

April 13, 2020

The AIA challenge to build your own monument has begun! Count down to the 10th anniversary of International Archaeology Day (IAD), by replicating some of the most iconic archaeological sites of all time—Stonehenge, Chichen Itza, he Colosseum, and the Pyramids at Giza. This archaeology-themed activity is a fun and educational way to help pass the […]

AIA-Tampa Bay Society Hosts Event Despite Tropical Storm

February 3, 2020

Despite the untimely arrival of a tropical storm, the AIA-Tampa Bay Society forged ahead with plans to host an International Archaeology Day event in October 2019.  The event was moved indoors and event organizers seem undeterred—they are making plans to hopefully move the event to the Tampa Bay Museum of Art for 2020. As the […]

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