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The controversy over the proposed construction of the large astronomical telescopes on Mauna Kea in Hawaii

Dr. Peter Mills
University of Hawaii, Hilo

Sunday April 23, 2017, 2:00 - 4:00 PM
at Concordia University

For Details and Directions, Click Here


AIA-OC 2017 Educational Grant Opportunity

To: Members of the Southern California Archaeological/Anthropological Academic Community

The Archaeological Institute of America - Orange County Society intends to grant a $2,000 grant to a Southern California graduate student in the second quarter of 2017. Click on the following links to download (1) a description of the grant requirements and application, and (2) a referral form.

Our intent is to fund activity that uniquely contributes to an on-going project. That is, the project already is or is expected to be funded for its intended scope.

The purpose of the grant is to provide funds for additional effort that could be instrumental in extending the project in potentially important ways. 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.

Our intent is to provide additional funding to allow an outstanding archaeology student to do possibly groundbreaking work that could advance his/her career as well as the project.

The winner will receive $2,000 and membership in the AIA. He/she will be asked to present the project results in a lecture before AIA-OC Society members and write a synopsis for the Society Newsletter.

We are asking you to recommend a student you believe to be qualified and capable of such an undertaking. Also we ask that you circulate this to colleagues who themselves might have such students.
Thank you,

AIA-OC Scholarship Committee

2016 AIA-OC Educational Grants Have Been Awarded

Click here for Grant Details

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(Summer 2016 Edition posted 10/30/16

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.

Note: A new link has been added in the left hand column that provides information on making a donation to the AIA-Orange County Society. See Support AIA-OC. (August 30, 2016)


Visit to UCSD's Cyber-Archaeology Lab

On April 17, 2016 Dr. Tom Levy of the University of California San Diego and the AIA-OC offered a unique opportunity for AIA-OC members and guests to visit UCSD's world-renowned cyber-archaeology lab. For more photos, click here.

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 demonstrated 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 articles.

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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.