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Oct. 15, 2016 International Archaeology Day at Bowers Museum

Oct. 16, 2016 Petroglyph Tour

Nov. 12-13, 2016 La Sierra University Archaeology Discovery Weekend

2016 AIA-OC Grant Details

AIA-OC Newsletter

The AIA - Orange County Society, Inc.
The American Research Center in Egypt, Orange County Chapter

From Egypt before the Pharaohs
to the Future of Archaeology

A Special Program in Celebration of International Archaeology Day

Saturday October 15, 2016, 1:30 - 4:30 PM
at the Norma Kershaw Auditorium,
Bowers Museum, Santa Ana, CA

Dr. Kara Cooney
University of California, Los Angeles

speaking on

  Egypt before the Pharaohs:  Predynastic Cosmetic Palettes


Dr. Hans Barnard
University of California, Los Angeles

speaking on

Egypt and Beyond:  Archaeology of the Eastern Desert


Kate Pointer
Guest Speaker

speaking on

The Future of Archaeology:
"New Techniques of Archaeological Technology"

Click Here for Program Details

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2016 AIA-OC Educational Grants Have Been Awarded

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Sunday, October 16, 2016

A uniquely exciting AIA tour is coming this fall season. AIA is hosting a petroglyph excursion to Corn Springs in Riverside County (17 miles east of Desert Center off Fwy I-10). Local archeologist Britt Wilson from the Coachella Valley Archeology Society (CVAS) will host an informative tour. No 4-wheel drive is required although there is an 8-mile well-graded dirt road to the site/campgrounds. This 2-3hr. field trip day will end around 2:00-3:00PM for an easy return home into Orange County on the same day.  Individuals need to arrange their own transportation there and back (appx. 2hr. drive from Orange County to our rendezvous point at TA Travel Center just off Fwy I-10). Everyone should meet at 8:30AM at the TA parking lot. We will have an additional hour drive to the site. Bring water and a sack lunch.

Interested parties are requested to contribute a $30/person fee which partly goes to the host support CVAS and to our AIA scholarships.   Reservation is requested: send check (payable: “AIA-OC”) to Treasurer Lianne Oakes: 1400 Quail Street, #220, Newport Beach, CA  92660.

Suggestion: reserve a motel or campground in nearby Indio for the night before. This will allow a less stressful early morning drive from Orange County to the rendezvous point by 8:30AM.

To download a flyer, click here.

8th Annual Archaeology Discovery Weekend
at La Sierra University
4500 Riverwalk Parkway
Riverside CA, 92505

A Man’s World?
Queens, Goddesses, and Mothers in the Ancient Near East

November 12-13, 2016

To download a flyer, click here.

AIA-OC Holiday Party

December 9, 2016
6:30-10:00 PM

AIA-OC invites all to join in our holiday party at the Costa Mesa Country Club for dinner and entertainment. Remember that exotic outfit or those bizarre bangles you bought during your foreign travels? Up to now you’ve had nowhere to wear them. Now you do! Come to the AIA-OC holiday party to show your costumes and share stories.

Joining us as special guests will be the Beazells, who have acquired clothing and accessories from cultures around the world and who will give us a brief preview of their collection.

Costumes encouraged, but not required.

Cost: $50.

Get the Latest AIA Orange County Society Newsletter

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(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.

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.