AIA Online Excavation Outreach Contest 2013 Entries

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Berry site, The First, Lost Colony in North Carolina

Burke County, North Carolina

Exploring Joara Foundation, Inc.

Since 2000, the Exploring Joara Archaeology Project has engaged more than 700 students and volunteers in excavations at the Berry site in western North Carolina, location of the Native American town of Joara and Fort San Juan (1566), a Spanish outpost that predates Roanoke and Jamestown, making it the earliest European settlement in the interior U.S. In 2008, public interest in Berry sparked the formation of the Exploring Joara Foundation, a public archaeology program that offers summer camps, year-round school programs, site tours, and an archaeological interpretive center. EJF programs have attracted more than 8,000 visitors and participants since 2008.

Submitted by:David Moore

Audience:
Local society
K-12
college/university
general public
tourists
educators
archaeological professionals

Estimated number of people reached:over 8,000

Bhalukkhul

Bankura

The site Bhalukkhul is located about 1 km. west from Rampange of Kushadwip of the district Bankura, West Bengal, India. It is an erosional rain gully about 4 km. long emanating from the lateritic high land running to a height of average 5 m. From the nature of exposed clusters of artefacts it can be suggested that there were evolutionary stages of development of stone age cultures from Upper Palaeolithic onwards. There is two industrial complexes are dominated; one is Upper Palaeolithic industry and other of the Mesolithic tradition, which is encountered from the mid region of the stream.

Submitted by:Banani Bhattacharyya

Audience:
Local society
college/university
archaeological professionals

Estimated number of people reached:20

Djanavara Early Byzantine Monastery in Varna; St.Kirik Island in Sozopol; Neolithic settlement at Ilindentsi;Emporion Pistiros near Septemvri; Tell Yunatsite; Augusta Trajana, Stara Zagora (Bulgaria); Stobi; Hercalea Lyncestis, Bitola (Macedonia)

Bulgaria, Macedonia

Balkan Heritage Foundation

Since 2008, the Balkan Heritage (BH) Foundation has sponsored eight excavation projects in Bulgaria and Macedonia. Through these projects, the Balkan Heritage Field School provided intensive training in field archeology and immersive inter-cultural experiences for 750 students and volunteers from 48 countries at the Balkan Heritage excavations sites. Balkan Heritage aims to promote Balkan archaeological heritage worldwide and raise both the global and local public awareness to further its preservation and utilization. To date, more than 260 local and international news media outlets have reported on BH activities and projects, with emphasis on excavations and expeditions.

Submitted by:Ivan Vasilev

Audience:
Local society
K-12
college/university
general public
tourists
educators
archaeological professionals

Estimated number of people reached:app. 20 000

Jacobd and Hannah Hart Home Site

Setauket, New York

Montclair State University

The excavation of the 19th century Jacob and Hannah Hart site is part of the 'A Long Time Coming' initiative, a community-based historical study of the mixed heritage Native and African American population of Setauket, NY. The project works with descendant community organizations to collect oral and documentary histories and archaeological materials in order to develop a deeper sense of this important community's heritage and to support their effort to resist the gentrification of their neighborhood. Outreach efforts in the local community and across Long Island has brought attention to the value of archaeology to both historical and cultural preservation.

Submitted by:Chirstopher Matthews

Audience:
Local society
K-12
college/university
general public
tourists
educators
archaeological professionals

Estimated number of people reached:300

Kandar Bedadi

Mansehra

Department of Conservation Studies, Hazara University, Mansehra, 21300, Pakistan.

Department of Conservation Studies, Hazara University under the leadership of Muhammad Safdar Khan conducted excavation at Kandar Bedadi Site situated on the silk route Mansehra, Pakistan in 2007-08. The excavation revealed Gandaharan Architectural features and a range of artifacts. Hazara University has established two Museums during the period where excavated material along with ethnographic material displayed. The excavation provided a very good opportunity for the research, public awareness and establishment of museums in the area visited by thousands of students, faculty, researchers and public.

Submitted by:Muhammad Safdar Khan

Audience:
Local society
K-12
college/university
general public
tourists
educators
archaeological professionals

Estimated number of people reached:5000

Phum Lovea

Siem Reap Province, Cambodia

Australian National University

The Paddy to Pura: The origins of Angkor project seeks to establish the roots of Angkor, the civilization that arose in Cambodia over 1000 years ago. At each site investigators Dougald O’Reilly and Louise Shewan investigate they endeavor to undertake community outreach through two programs, Heritage Watch and 500 Hearts. The former provides outreach on heritage preservation and the latter screens 500 local children for rheumatic heart disease, a condition prevalent in developing nations. Not only do the kids receive education and health checks clothes and toys, generously donated, that are distributed to the local kids and their families.

Submitted by:Dougald O'Reilly

Audience: Local societyEstimated number of people reached:550
  Sanchankot

District Unnao, Uttar Pradesh, India

Lucknow University, Lucknow, U.P., India

Sanchankot known as Ramkot is a big ancient settlement spread in area about 9 sq kilometer on the bank of river Sai a tributary of Gomati. It is 15 meter high from ground level. We excavated about 70 trenches which revealed cultural sequence from PGW period to Medieval times. Remains of a Stupa, five brick temples of Shunga-Kushana periods dedicated to Shiva and two apsidal temples along with factory site of glaze smelting during Kushana period was recovered.

Submitted by:D.P.Tewari

Audience:
Local society
college/university
general public
tourists
educators
archaeological professionals

Estimated number of people reached:1000

Tell Timai

Egypt

University of Hawaii

Tell Timai, ancient Thmouis, is a well-preserved Graeco-Roman City in the Nile Delta. The urban center offers an exceptional opportunity to study all aspects of life, business, religion, and administration during Ptolemaic and Roman periods. Unfortunately, there is considerable threat from encroachment, erosion, and looting. The Tell Timai Project embraces the concepts of Research, Conservation, and Education and undertaken the study and saving of the city. Our outreach program includes a bilingual illustrated history of the site for local schools, restoration of the Roman buildings, joint Egyptian-American training, and revitalization of the once famous Mendesian Perfume industry.

Submitted by:Jay Silverstein

Audience:
general public
educators
archaeological professionals

Estimated number of people reached:400

 

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