One of the world’s most distinguished and widely distributed journals devoted to archaeology, the AJA has set the standard for archaeological scholarship since 1885.
The First Floridians:
Early Humans on the Submerged Gulf Coast of Florida
Dr. James M. Adovasio
Weaving as Worship
Reconstructing Ritual at the Etruscan Site of Poggio Colla (Vicchio)
Dr. Gretchen E. Meyers
The Da Vinci Code, Templars, and Archaeology
Dr. Michael Fuller
Out of the Dark:
Lefkandi in Euboea 1200 BC
Dr. Irene Lemos
“To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield”: Preservation of the Early Explorer’s Bases in the Ross Sea Region of Antarctica
Welcome to the South Florida Chapter of the
Archaeological Institute of America
The Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) is North America's oldest and largest organization devoted to the world of archaeology. The Institute is a nonprofit group founded in 1879 and chartered by the United States Congress in 1906. Today, the AIA has nearly 210,000 Members and more than 100 Local Societies in the United States, Canada, and overseas. AIA South Florida is one of four chapters in the state of Florida. Our members include professional archaeologists, corresponding members, students, and enthusiasts, all united by a shared passion for archaeology and its role in furthering human knowledge.
Come join us for the prestigious 2017 Martha Sharp Joukowsky Lecture
How Holy Wars, Media Hype, and Digital Technologies Are Changing the Face of 21st Century Archaeology
Dr. Neil Silberman
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Thursday, 7 PM, March 23, 2017
Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton Campus, Room GN 101
There’s a revolution happening today in the way we value, discover, and imagine the past. On the negative side, ancient sites by the thousands—not only in the Middle East but all over the world—are being bulldozed, looted, vandalized, or blown up or merely vandalized. Feature films, bestsellers and specialized cable documentaries hopelessly muddle archaeological fiction and fact. Yet on the positive side, advanced satellite imagery and LIDAR sensors are uncovering complex civilizations in deserts and jungles where none were assumed ever to exist. Virtual reality environments and 3d digital reconstructions are now used both for scientific documentation and immersive museum experiences. And the sheer social reach of Facebook, Twitter, and research-by-crowdsourcing is offering archaeologists unprecedented opportunities to engage the general public in their work. This illustrated lecture will highlight some recent discoveries and ongoing controversies in the Americas, Europe, and Asia that exemplify the dramatic new directions that archaeology is taking in our globalized, internet age.
Neil A. Silberman is an author and heritage interpretation professional with a special interest in emerging trends and techniques for public engagement. He served for a decade as president of the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Interpretation and Presentation (ICIP) and as a member of the ICOMOS International Advisory Committee and Scientific Council. He served on the program committee of the last three ICOMOS General Assembly symposia and has also served as an ex-officio member of the US/ICOMOS board. In December 2015 he was named a Fellow of US/ICOMOS.
He is currently a managing partner of Coherit Associates, an international consultancy specializing in capacity building and participatory public heritage programs. His books and edited volumes on heritage, archaeology, and their impact on contemporary society include: The Oxford Companion to Archaeology (2012); The Future of Heritage (2008); Who Owns the Past? (2007); Memory and Identity(2007); Heritage, New Technologies, and Local Development (2006); David and Solomon (2006);Archaeology and Society in the 21st Century (2001); The Bible Unearthed (2001); Invisible America (1995);The Hidden Scrolls (1995); A Prophet From Amongst You (1992); Between Past and Present (1989); andDigging for God and Country (1982).
From 2004 to 2007, he served as director of the Ename Center for Public Archaeology and Heritage Presentation in Belgium. In 2008, he joined the faculty of the Department of Anthropology of the University of Massachusetts Amherst and became one of the founders of its Center for Heritage and Society. He also served as co-editor of its journal Heritage & Society (2008-2014) and is currently a member of the editorial boards of the International Journal of Cultural Property and the Journal of Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology and Heritage Studies.
He has been awarded fellowships for his writing on the politics of archaeology and heritage by the Institute of Current World Affairs and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation; he is an AIA Joukowsky Lecturer for 2016/2017.
Dr. Silberman is an AIA Martha Sharp Joukowsky Lecturer for 2016/2017
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Early Humans in the Americas:
When Did They Arrive and
Where Did They Come From?
Dr. Steven R. Holen
Atlantic Ais in the Later 17th Century: English Buccaneers, Spanish Silver, and Indigenous Divers from Florida
Endgame: The Siege of Masada
From The Roman Perspective
Dr. Gwyn Davies
The Dragons of Ancient Mexico
Dr. John Pohl
Archaeology in Palestine:
New insights into Biblical Archaeology – a view from ancient Jericho
Dr. Lorenzo Nigro