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Rock Art Tour Flyer
Holiday Party Flyer
The AIA - Orange County Society, Inc.
Violence in Prehistoric Central California
Mark W. Allen, Ph.D.
Professor of Anthropology
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Sunday, January 14, 2018, 2:00 - 4:00 PM
at Concordia University
For Details and Directions, Click Here
Tour: Astronomical Rock Art in Mockingbird Canyon, Riverside.
Saturday December 2, 2017, 10:00 am
Leader: Stephen O'Neil, M.A., RPA, UltraSytems
Steve will guide us to panels on three different areas, all close
together, and all of which are in the San Luis Rey Rectilinear style.
One of these however, includes pigments not normally used and
astronomical associations. Steve has published on this site
previously, so we're excited to have him lead and interpret these for
us. Click Here to download the flyer for directions, cost, and more
2017 AIA-OC Holiday Party
Thursday December 7, 2017, 6pm
Please join us for dinner at the Hacienda in Santa
Ana. We will have a set plate dinner of Blue Corn Enchiladas,
Chile Rellano, sides, appetizers, and dessert as well as soft drinks
and coffee. Additionally, we will have a very special guest
speaker, Dr. Tom Levy of UCSD who will tell us about some exciting new
projects he's working on. Click Here to download the flyer for all the details.
And please RSVP ASAP, but before November 28th at latest.
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 9/18/17).
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.