Trowel Tales: The AIA Blog

by Egyptologist Stephen Harvey
February 11, 2013
Day 3: Tuesday, February 5. After a cold and very rainy arrival in Cairo a week ago, I was relieved to wake up to a spectacularly clear view of the pyramid of King Khufu at Giza for the first full day of our AIA Tour: Behind the Scenes in Ancient Egypt. Heading up by bus to the plateau, most of us chose to withstand the briefly cramped conditions of the ascending passages of the interior of Khufu’s pyramid so that we could marvel at the vast internal space of the Grand Gallery, and the massive masonry of the burial chamber. Our group was amused to find that, although the pyramid was nearly empty, we were nonetheless not alone in the burial chamber: two visitors were already there, carrying out resonant, Tibetan-style chanting next to... Read More
by AIA lecturer/host Albert Leonard, Jr.
October 30, 2012
I recently returned from an eleven-day Voyage into Antiquity cruise aboard Corinthian II that I had the pleasure – and honor – to host for the AIA. What a trip: perfect weather and fantastic sites! We cruised south from Istanbul along the Turkish coast to Israel, then over to Crete and mainland Greece, and back up to Istanbul. Our AIA group was great: wonderful sports, eager learners, and excellent traveling companions. During the cruise I hosted dinners for the AIA travelers that gave us the opportunity to get to know each other better over Corinthian’s superb cuisine. Between bites, conversation ranged across a wide spectrum of archaeological topics - answering some questions and provoking others to be discussed at... Read More
October 19, 2012
Close to 2,000 school children and vistors had the opportunity to experience the thrill of archaeology at the AIA/MOS fair with hands-on demonstrations and exhibits! We look forward to hosting more visitors tomorrow.... Read More
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