Trowel Tales: The AIA Blog

April 9, 2014
New Mexico is well known as an area of archaeological importance, filled with unique sites, monuments and museums. It is no surprise, therefore, that the Santa Fe Archaeological Society has been around for over 100 years. The Society became a chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America in 1916, and has long been known for its active, dedicated members and exciting fieldtrips. New Mexico’s history plays a large role in attracting new members and ensuring high turn outs at events: with national monuments and archaeological sites all around, “everyone is interested!” Paula Lozar, an AIA member since 1999, is happy to state: “I'm fortunate to live in an area where the past is still very much present, both as... Read More
March 27, 2014
In preparation for the upcoming excavation season, the AIA asked field school veterans that follow our Facebook page to help out first-timers and offer advice from personal experience. The responses were practical, helpful, and often amusing. We have compiled them here as an easy reference list for you as you prepare for your first foray into the field.     Field Fashion When packing for a dig, taking note of the climate is essential. If the excavation is in the desert, think lightweight layers. If Ireland, England, or the Pacific Northwest is the destination, plan on having (and using) a full set of rain gear. If you are excavating in the rainforest, light, quick drying clothing is helpful and long sleeves will help you avoid... Read More
March 12, 2014
Margaret Sneeringer, Graduate Student Liaison to the Cincinnati Society, has been passionate about archaeology since elementary school. Ever encouraging, her parents subscribed her to Dig and Archaeology magazines. Margaret’s interest in archaeology has continued all through her undergraduate education at Boston University to today. As a Ph.D. candidate at the Classics Department at the University of Cincinnati, she is writing her dissertation on “diachronic patterns of pottery consumption in the Nemea Valley.” Throughout her studies, Margaret has been an active member of the Archaeology Institute of America, joining in 2007. As a student at BU, Margaret had many friends working in the AIA office, so she was always up to... Read More
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