Trowel Tales: The AIA Blog

by Ben Thomas, AIA Director of Programs
September 9, 2010
The AIA’s public outreach programs, which range from weeklong conferences with thousands of attendees to workshops for handfuls of middle-school teachers, are at the core of the Institute’s mission to inform and educate. Several of our signature programs, such as the Annual Meeting, National Lecture Program, and Archaeology Fairs, are organized by staff in our Boston office. Numerous events are also organized at the local community level by more than 100 AIA Local Societies across the U.S., Canada, and Europe. In recent years, our Archaeology Fairs have been extremely popular. These one- or two-day events showcase dozens of archaeologically and historically themed interactive activities and demonstrations for the public and... Read More
by Peter Herdrich, AIA CEO and Publisher of ARCHAEOLOGY
July 29, 2010
The audience at Tuesday evening’s Archaeological Institute of America presentation at Boston University confronted some stunning evidence of what the chairman of the AIA Site Preservation Committee, Paul Rissman, calls “desecration.” Photographs of sites in Cambodia showed statues and reliefs smashed to pieces, stone heads and bodies hacked off by looters. These dramatic images were part of an informative presentation by Erin Linn of Heritage Watch, an NGO operating in Cambodia to prevent the loss of that country’s cultural heritage. The AIA Site Preservation Committee presented the program, called “Thieves of Time: Preserving Cultural Heritage in Cambodia.” Heritage Watch is the recipient of the AIA... Read More
by Peter Herdrich, AIA CEO and Publisher of ARCHAEOLOGY magazine
June 25, 2010
Hello all. I’m Peter Herdrich and I’m the new CEO here at the AIA and the Publisher of Archaeology magazine. I’m coming to the end of the first week on the job and believe me, I am under an avalanche of information—about the AIA, Archaeology magazine, all kinds of exciting programs, and insights from my new colleagues. We have discussed editorial, advertising, fund-raising, education, site preservation, and outreach, all of which have subtleties that are tremendously complicated and important. And as I sort through this, one of the (few) accomplishments of my first week was to sit with Archaeology’s Deputy Editor Eric Powell and Executive Editor Jarrett Lobell and talk about one of the most important... Read More
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