International Archaeology Day Blog

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 […]

IAD at the Parthenon with the AIA-Nashville Society

January 31, 2020

Did you know that Centennial Park in Nashville, Tennessee is home to a full-scale replica of the Athenian Parthenon?  In 2019 the AIA-Nashville Society received an AIA Society Outreach Grant to host their first “International Archaeology Day at the Parthenon” event.  The October 19th event, hosted by the Nashville Parthenon, shared the legacy of Greek […]

IAD Celebrated in San Diego at Arch in the Park

November 14, 2019

The San Diego County Archaeological Society held its 21st Annual Arch in the Park event this year in celebration of both International Archaeology Day and California Archaeology Month. The event is held at the NRHP-listed Los Peñasquitos Ranch House, and celebrates archaeology through the singing of Kumeyaay Bird Songs, flint knapping demonstrations, ranch house tours, […]

AIA-St. Louis Society Celebrates IAD

November 13, 2019

The St. Louis Society hosted International Archaeology Day 2019 at the Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site. Attendees were encouraged to explore the site and the museum. Professor Steve Dasovich of Lindenwood University gave a lecture on historical archaeology.

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