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The AIA - Orange County Society, Inc. presents

Brian Rose, Ph.D.,
Pritchard Professor of Classical Studies,
University of Pennsylvania

speaking on

 How Midas Earned the Epithet,
"The King with the Golden Touch"

Saturday, September 17, 2016, 2:00-5:00 PM
at 2046 North Flower Street, Santa Ana, CA
See announcement below.


25 Years of Excavation and
Analysis of Troy

September 18, 2016, 2:00-4:00 PM at Concordia University

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2016 AIA-OC Educational Grants Have Been Awarded

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AIA-OC Fundraiser for Archaeology Student Grant
Celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Orange County Society of the AIA

A 2:00-5:00 PM garden party at 2046 North Flower Street, Santa Ana will raise funds for the AIA-OC 2017 archaeology student grant. Brian Rose, Pritchard Professor of Classical Studies at yje University of Pennsylvania and now excavating at Gordion, King Midas’ capital, will host this event. He will reveal his discovery of how KingMidas earned the epithet, the King with the Golden Touch.

During the event we will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Orange County Society of the AIA.

There will also be a silent auction for a large shard wall plate (18"x15"x3").

The starting bid for the silent auction will be $100 with bid increments of $25.

The shard plate will be donated by Patrick Crabb. Detail images can be seen by clicking here, here and here.


Field Trip to Ayers Rock

September 30-31, 2016

This will be a field trip to Maturango Museum in Ridgecrest and to the petroglyphs around Ridgecrest, CA. We are to arrive in Ridgecrest ny 5:00 PM on Friday, September 30, then check into a hotel and have dinner, and then meet at the museum, at 7:00 PM. Sandy Rogers, Archaeology Curator, will give a lecture on the local archaeology and rock art.

Next morning, we will meet at the museum at 8 AM, bringing a lunch and water. We will leave by 8:15 or so, and make three stops on the way to the site. The first is an overlook to Indian Wells Valley, where  the local geology and paleo-hydrology will be discussed. The second stop is a turn-out near Little Lake Ranch, to discuss the very rich and complex archaeology of the area. The third stop is at Coso Junction, for a potty stop and to discuss the archaeology of Rose Valley. We then proceed to Ayers Rock, arriving around 10:30 AM.

The site, CA-INY-134, is locally known as Ayers Rock. It is a monolith with pictographs and associated archaeological sites in southern Inyo County. We will tour the site and look at the archaeology, and have lunch there. We should be finished by 1:00 - 1:30 PM, at which time folks can get on the road for home.


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.


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.

Download the following by clicking on the name:

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.