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AIA-OC Garden Party and Fundraiser
La Sierra Archaeology Discovery Weekend
The AIA - Orange County Society, Inc.
Terracotta Warriors after the First Emperor: Re-evaluating the Qin Legacy in the Han
Dr. Allison Miller
Assistant Professor of Asian Art
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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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.
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
- 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.
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
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
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
Click here to download the AIA-OC Newsletter
(Summer 2017 Edition posted 9/18/16).
We are one of the AIA local societies
provide a vehicle for people interested in archaeology to meet one
another, to hear
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
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
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.