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Were Mastadons Butchered by Hominins in San Diego
130,000 Years Ago

Dr. Thomas Deméré
Museum of Man
San Diego, CA

Sunday June 11, 2017, 2:00 - 4:00 PM
at Concordia University

For Details and Directions, Click Here


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

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(Summer 2016 Edition posted 10/30/16

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 UCSD's Cyber-Archaeology Lab

On April 17, 2016 Dr. Tom Levy of the University of California San Diego and the AIA-OC offered a unique opportunity for AIA-OC members and guests to visit UCSD's world-renowned cyber-archaeology lab. For more photos, click here.

As the traditional excavation process in archaeology destroys the record under investigation, the goal is to capture information more quickly and accurately by using digital tools and processes.  Tom and his students are at the forefront of new ways to capture, record, analyze, curate and disseminate information.  In the labs, faculty and students demonstrated virtual reality tools such as the Oculus Rift headset, Google Cardboard, the 3-D StarCAVE, and more, showing us the future of archaeology.  More more information, read the attached articles.

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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.