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The AIA - Orange County Society, Inc. presents

Stuart Tyson Smith, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Dept of Anthropology, UCSB

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Sunday, September 21, 2014, 2:00-4:00 PM

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AIA-OC Society News

Dr. Marie-Henriette Gates, Professor of Archaeology at Bilkent University in Turkey was the speaker at the AIA-OC meeting on Sunday, January, 26, 2014. She spoke on Kinet Hyk (Turkey) and the Archaeology of Eastern Mediterranean Seaports. The phto below shows Dr. Gates (standing) with David Seigle, AIA national board member, and Normaw Kershaw, founder of the AIA, Orange County Chapter.

National Archaeology Day

Our Saturday, October 19, 2013 the AIA-OC helped celebrate
National Archaeology Day with a program and cuneiform writing demonstration at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, CA. Dr. William Schniedewind, who holds the Kershaw Chair of Eastern Mediterranean Studies at UCLA, presented a lecture on “The Ancient Persian Cylinder of Cyrus the Great." See photos here.

The AIA-OC also had a display for International Archaeology Day at the Mission Viejo Library.

Field Trip

The AIA-OC had a field trip
to the Center for Near Eastern Archaeology at La Sierra University
on Sunday, November 3, 2013.
As part of a salute to National Archaeology Day, the field trip included a behind the scenes tour by Dr. Douglas Clark, Director of the Exhibit of Ancient Near Eastern Artifacts Labs for Collection and Research, and a PowerPoint presentation on “Excavations in Jordan.” See photos here.

La Sierra University has one of the largest collections in the United States of daily use artifacts from Jordan, Palestine, and Israel.

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.

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