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Terracotta Warriors after the First Emperor: Re-evaluating the Qin Legacy in the Han

Dr. Allison Miller
Assistant Professor of Asian Art
Southwestern University

Sunday October 15, 2017, 1:30 PM
at the Bowers Museum
Santa Ana, CA

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AIA-OC Garden Party and 2018 Grant Fundraiser

Saturday, October 14th, 2-5 PM

Location: David and Ruth Seigle's Home 

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Wear something purple and join us for wine, cheese and snacks as we celebrate 26 years as a society and raise money for our 2018 grant benefiting southern California graduate students.

Special guests:
  • Dr. Allison Miller, Assistant Professor of Asian Art, Southwestern University, will speak on the relevance of purple in ancient China.
  • Ann Benbow, Executive Director of the Archaeological Institute of America will be in attendance and provide an update on the status of the Institute and important work being done.
Our goal is to raise $4,000 so we can award two grants of $2,000 each to southern California graduate students doing work in archaeology or related fields.

We hope you can attend, but if not, we hope you will support this wonderful program by mailing a donation. AIA-OC is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and your contribution should be tax-deductible.

If you have a chance to stop in at the Mission Viejo Library, we have an installation there organized by Chris Hurst-Loeffler and Chris Brewer in honor of Archaeology month and the library's 20th anniversary.

La Sierra University is having its 9th Annual Archaeology Discovery Weekend, Nov 11-12 2017. The topic is Herod the Great: Scoundrel, Survivor, Genius.

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AIA-OC Awards 2017
Educational Grants to Two
Southern California Graduate Students

Due to successful fundraising and generous donations of members and friends, the AIA-OC Grant committee was able to award two $2,000 grants this year. Mikael Fauvelle, a Ph.D. candidate from UCSD, is studying elite and non-elite interactions with remote power centers in Mexico during the Early Classic and Post Classic periods. Danielle Candelora is a Ph.D. candidate at UCLA studying Egyptian archaeology with an emphasis on the period of the Hyksos of Lower Egypt. They will be at our May meeting to receive their awards and give a brief overview of their projects.  We will look forward to seeing them speak at one of our lectures next year!   And thanks to our Fundraising and Grant Committees for their efforts.


2016 AIA-OC Educational Grants

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Get the Latest AIA Orange County Society Newsletter

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(Summer 2017 Edition posted 9/18/16

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 Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art (RAFFMA), California State University,
San Bernardino

On August 13, 2017, Dr. Benson Harer, world authority on ancient Egypt, led a private AIA-OC tour of the galleries in the Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art (RAFFMA) on the campus of California State University at San Bernardino. This collection, much of it gifts from the Harer Family Trust, is the largest assemblage of Egyptian art and artifacts west of the Mississippi river.  With nearly 500 objects, the collection encompasses more than 5,000 years of Egyptian history from the Predynastic to Coptic Period.

It was a wonderful opportunity to hear detailed information from
Dr.  Harer, the collector and benefactor of the exhibit.  Additionally, Dr. Kate Liszka, assistant professor at CSUSB, provided significant commentary on the collection with her in-depth knowledge. Dr. Liszka is currently the Director of the Wadi el-Hudi Expedition in the Egyptian Eastern Desert.

The compact collection is well-represented by objects from everyday life as well as those used for the afterlife.  Our guides provided extensive information as to how each artifact was used and how these objects changed through the dynasties.

We thank Drs. Harer and Liszka very much for their time and knowledge, and we thank all 36 of you who attended.  We hope to see you again at a future lecture or event.

The following photos are from the tour.

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.