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The AIA - Orange County Society, Inc. presents

Stephen Mandal, PhD 

The Irish Archaeology Field School

speaking on

 The Blackfriary Community Heritage and Archaeology Project
A New Model for Site Preservation and Community Engagement in
Heritage-13th C Dominican Friary in the Medieval Town of Trim

National AIA Sponsored Lecture
Frieda Renner Lecture


Sunday, April 3, 2016, 2:00-4:00 PM at Concordia University

Click Here for Program Details and Directions

Special Notice Regarding

Visit to UCSD's Cyber-Archaeology Lab

Hi All,

Just to let you know, we have removed the lunch component of this event.  There is a cafeteria on-site where you can buy your own lunch.   As such, this event is now free!!

However, please still RSVP to steve_jacques@yahoo.com so I can let
Tom know how many will be coming. 

Also, even though it's free, the AIA-OC relies on support from interested individuals like you; so if you would like to make a donation of whatever amount you feel this opportunity is worth, please mail a check payable to AIA-OC to 19731 Canyon Drive, Yorba Linda, CA 92886. 
If you have already sent me a check for the amount that was to include lunch, please email me and let me know if you would like it returned, shredded or otherwise handled.

Many thanks to you, and to Tom and his staff for this unique opportunity! 
I hope to hear from you and see you there.

All the best,
Steve Jacques

Visit to UCSD's Cyber-Archaeology Lab

April 17th, 11am-3pm, $23/pp

Dr. Tom Levy of the University of California San Diego and the AIA-OC would like to offer you the unique opportunity to visit UCSD's world-renowned cyber-archaeology lab.

As the traditional excavation process in archaeology destroys the record under investigation, the goal is to capture information more quickly and accurately by using digital tools and processes.  Tom and his students are at the forefront of new ways to capture, record, analyze, curate and disseminate information.  In the labs, faculty and students will demonstrate virtual reality tools such as the Oculus Rift headset, Google Cardboard, the 3-D StarCAVE, and more, showing us the future of archaeology.  More more information, read the attached article.

Please send your check payable to the AIA-OC to 19731 Canyon Drive, Yorba Linda, CA 92886 before April 3, or bring it too the April 3rd AIA lecture at Concordia University.

You aren't going to want to miss this event!

For any questions, please email steve_jacques@yahoo.com


AIA-OC OFFERING $2,000 Scholarship

The Archaeological Institute of America-Orange County Society intends to grant a $2,000 scholarship to a Southern California graduate student in the second quarter of 2016.

The purpose of the grant is to provide funds for additional effort on a project focusing on material culture in potentially important ways allowing an outstanding archaeology student to do possibly groundbreaking work that could advance his/her career as well as the project. As examples, the funds could be used for underwriting specialized dating methods; they could provide access to unique research collections for extended comparative analysis; they could allow creating or using software, for example to show how complex adaptive systems theory relate to the project.

The deadline for submissions was March 1, 2016. 


Get the Latest AIA Orange County Society Newsletter

Click here to download the AIA-OC Newsletter

(Winter 2016 Edition posted 1/17/16

Welcome to the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) Orange County Society, Inc. in Southern California,
also known as AIA-OC.

We are one of the AIA local societies that provide a vehicle for people interested in archaeology to meet one another, to hear from scholars about their current research, to learn about recent archaeological discoveries and to take trips together to nearby archaeological sites and other archaeology-related events.

For a description of our next archaeology lecture, click on Next Lecture at the left. For a list of other upcoming lectures click on Lecture Schedule. A few of our past activities are shown in the photos below. For descriptions and other photos of AIA-OC activities click on Archives. For information on joining the AIA-OC click on Membership.


Representatives from the Orange County Society celebrate winning the Societies Outreach Grant at the AIA 2016 Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

Welcome New Members of AIA-OC in 2015
By Ruth Denault, President AIA-OC

As of November 1, 2015, our AIA-OC Society is very pleased to welcome 26 new members in 2015.

A warm welcome to Danielle
Bui, Carole Carlson, Raffi Cobilian, Christina Cones, Devin Craven, Katherine Davis, Christina Dedinger, Jeff Deptola, Daniel Hammond, Susan Hilley, Jann Lane, Katherine Elizabeth Laris, Lois Lytle, Dr. Ash Melika, Eileen Newman, Joanne Randall, Catherine Riley, Nuvea Santos, Marcia Schechter, Ruth Seigle, Eli Sepasyar, Judith Shepherd, Gary Snyder, Yasmeen Sobaih, Scott Vanderbilt, and Julie Zweig.

Our Orange County Society membership now totals 137. We
look forward to meeting at our lectures and developing friendships.

AIA Orange County Chapter Archives

The AIA-OC archives are now housed at the Old Orange County Courthouse in the PCAS library, ground floor, 211 West Santa Ana Blvd., Santa Ana. Jane Gothold, librarian and archivist at PCAS, may be contacted at 562-947-6506 to arrange a visit. She will be happy to meet anyone who would like to peruse the archives. Materials included in the collection to-date are past newsletters, board minutes, and photographs of lectures, field trips and social functions.