The AIA-Orange County Society is a separate entity affiliated with the
Archaeological Institute of America.


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For information call (562) 596-8478 or contact the Main office of the AIA: Archaeological Institute of America, Located at Boston University, 656 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02215-2010.
Telephone (617) 353-9361, Fax (617) 353-6550,

Current Downloadable Files

2019 Grant Application Files:
2019 Introductory Letter
2019 AIA-OC Grant Application
2019 AIA-OC Grant Referral Doc

Anza Borrego Field Trip (Postponed):
Flyer #1
Flyer #2

The AIA - Orange County Society, Inc.

The Kyrenia Shipwreck Collection Restoration Program

Dr. Matthew Harpster
Koҫ University, Instanbul, Turkey

Sunday, April 14, 2019, 2:00 - 4:00 PM
at Concordia University, Grimm Hall, DeNault Auditorium

For Details and Directions, Click Here


AIA-OC Now Accepting
Educational Grant Applications

The Archaeological Institute of America’s Orange County Society is offering a $2,000 grant available to a Southern California graduate student in the second quarter of 2019. Attached is a description of the grant requirements and application.

Our intent is to fund activity that uniquely contributes to an on-going project. That is, the project already is or is expected to be funded for its intended scope.

The purpose of the grant is to provide funds for additional effort that could be instrumental in extending the project in potentially important ways. 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.

This additional funding is intended to allow an outstanding archaeology student to do possibly groundbreaking work that could advance his/her career as well as the project.

The winner will receive $2,000 and membership in the AIA. He/she will be asked to present the project results in a lecture before AIA-OC Society members and write a synopsis for the Society Newsletter.

We are asking you to recommend a student you believe to be qualified and capable of such an undertaking. Also we ask that you circulate this to colleagues who themselves might have such students.

Thank you,

AIA-OC Grant Committee

Grant application files to download (click on the file name):

2019 Introductory Letter

2019 AIA-OC Grant Application

2019 AIA-OC Grant Referral Doc

Field Trip to Anza Borrego Desert State Park

Patrick Crabb (

COST: $10 for members, $20 for non-members

Please join us at Anza Borrego Desert State park to learn more about the cultural history of the area with a lecture from a member of the Colorado Desert Archaeology Society, a visit to the Begole center, and a guided hike on the Morteros trail in Blair Valley. 
We are starting at 9:30am so it's possible to make this a day trip, however, hotel/camping options are on an attachment.

Please RSVP by January 3rd to our Tour chairperson, Patrick Crabb at (See attached flyers with maps for most current information.)

Click for Flyer #1
Click for Flyer #2

AIA-OC Awards 2018 Educational Grants to Two
Southern California Graduate Students

The 2018 AIA OC Grant Award Winners are Matt Howland, UCSD and Alicia Gorman, UCSB. Matt's project is a comprehensive study of archaeological ceramics recovered from an Iron Age copper production site, Khirbat al-Jariya (KAJ), in southern Jordan’s Faynan region. Alicia's research addresses the entanglement of religion and social inequality at the site of Cerro Tortolita, a ceremonial center with a sizable resident population located in the upper Ica Valley on the south coast of Peru.

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)


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.