Fieldnotes: News Briefs

Brief news items on the AIA professional membership and newsworthy activities in the field, including links to recently published institutional press releases or articles in the media.

American Institute for Roman Culture - December 17, 2011
The American Institute for Roman Culture (  has produced (with the Northeastern University students, the superintendency of Rome and Ostia, and the Italian Ministry of Culture) 9 educational videos about the history and culture of Ostia Antica, one of the ancient Roman cities that best reflects ancient Rome during the high imperial period.  Ostia is also an interesting city in its own right.  Discover the history of excavation, city/ urban develpment from foundation to demise and abandonment, religious practices, daily life, bathing in the ancient world, and conservation issues that affect the site, and more. It's an ideal introduction to the site for high school and college students.
Time - November 17, 2011
  Time offers an update on the excavations at Afghanistan’s ancient Buddhist temple complex known as Mes Aynak. The site will eventually be destroyed when a Chinese mining company begins to extract copper from the land. The article also discusses the link between the black market in antiquities and terrorism. - October 28, 2011
  Here’s some background information on the discovery of the 9,300-year-old human remains known as Kennewick Man in 1996, and the recent discovery of a human jawbone near the same site.
The Maritime Executive - October 25, 2011
  A thirteenth-century Mongolian ship has been found off the coast of Japan. It is thought to be one of the 4,400 ships in Kublai Khan’s ill-fated invasion fleet.
The Guardian - September 30, 2011
  A gallery in France’s Cave of a Hundred Mammoths seems to have been set aside as a place for palaeolithic children to practice finger fluting, or creating decorations in soft clay with their fingers. “It shows collaboration between children and adults, and adults encouraging children to make these marks. This was a communal activity,” said Jessica Cooney of Cambridge University.