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The AIA - Orange County Society, Inc. presents

Owen Doonan, PhD.

California State University Northridge

speaking on

 Archaeological Expedition to Sinop, Turkey: Exploring the Origins of Trade at the Nexus of Eurasian Civilizations


Sunday, February 21, 2016, 2:00-4:00 PM at Concordia University

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AIA-OC OFFERING $2,000 Scholarship

The Archaeological Institute of America-Orange County Society intends to grant a $2,000 scholarship to a Southern California graduate student in the second quarter of 2016.

The purpose of the grant is to provide funds for additional effort on a project focusing on material culture in potentially important ways allowing an outstanding archaeology student to do possibly groundbreaking work that could advance his/her career as well as the project. 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.

The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2016.  The application is available either at this link, or email aia.oc.scholarship@gmail.com.

Please share this opportunity with any student doing graduate coursework at any university in these counties: San Diego, Imperial, Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, Kern, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo.

Click to download the Application Form and the Referral Form.


Get the Latest AIA Orange County Society Newsletter

Click here to download the AIA-OC Newsletter

(Winter 2016 Edition posted 1/17/16

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.


Representatives from the Orange County Society celebrate winning the Societies Outreach Grant at the AIA 2016 Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

Welcome New Members of AIA-OC in 2015
By Ruth Denault, President AIA-OC

As of November 1, 2015, our AIA-OC Society is very pleased to welcome 26 new members in 2015.

A warm welcome to Danielle
Bui, Carole Carlson, Raffi Cobilian, Christina Cones, Devin Craven, Katherine Davis, Christina Dedinger, Jeff Deptola, Daniel Hammond, Susan Hilley, Jann Lane, Katherine Elizabeth Laris, Lois Lytle, Dr. Ash Melika, Eileen Newman, Joanne Randall, Catherine Riley, Nuvea Santos, Marcia Schechter, Ruth Seigle, Eli Sepasyar, Judith Shepherd, Gary Snyder, Yasmeen Sobaih, Scott Vanderbilt, and Julie Zweig.

Our Orange County Society membership now totals 137. We
look forward to meeting at our lectures and developing friendships.

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.