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Recent Excavations at Lechaion, Harbor of Ancient Corinth

Dr. Paul Scotton
Professor of Classics
CSU Long Beach

Sunday, May 6, 2018, 2:00 - 4:00 PM
at Concordia University, Grimm Hall, DeNault Auditorium

For Details and Directions, Click Here


Field Trip
King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharoah

Saturday May 19, 2018, 10:00 am, California Science Center

We arranging for a group visit to the upcoming world premier exhibit at the California Science Center. We'd like an RSVP by the end of February 2018.  Click Here to download the flyer for  more information.

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

Click here for 2016 Grant Details

Get the Latest AIA Orange County Society Newsletter

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(Summer 2017 Edition posted 9/18/17

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.