News and Notes
ARCHAEOLOGICAL INSTITUTE OF AMERICA--NORTH ALABAMA SOCIETY
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WINE & AUCTION BENEFIT! We invite you to join us at our Wine Tasting and Silent Auction benefit for the lecture series on November 15 at the Lowe House in historic Twickenham. The Lowe House is the elegant home of UAH president David Williams. We will sample fine wines from Spain, Argentina, and Chile with the guidance of sommelier Tami Herrington of Pinnacle Imports who will be talking about the history of these wines and their vineyards as well as describing the character of the individual wines. Archaeologist Dr. Tom Sever will give a brief talk on his current research on the Maya. We have a number of fine items in our auction. Enjoy the company of others interested in archaeology. For tickets, please contact Lillian Joyce (firstname.lastname@example.org) or purchase them at any of our upcoming lectures.
The AIA seeks to explain archeology and its benefits to the public. It has recently expanded its education and public outreach programs. One part of this has been "archaeological fairs" which show off the methods and findings of the discipline to kids and grownups. The AIA encourages chapters to hold a fair. Members, are you interested in helping host a fair? Please post here or contact Lillian.
After Bandelier, the AIA bus drove to the Santa Clara Pueblo reservation to visit the Puye Cliff Dwellings. At Puye, the Pueblo ancestor people built on the cliff face and on the mesa top. The Santa Clara closed the site in 2001 after problems with vandals. The AIA were the first group tour of the site before its re-opening next spring.
The AIA board took another trip to Bandelier National Monument near Santa Fe. This archaeological site preserves ruins of "cliff-dwellers" who were ancestors of the Pueblo people of the Southwest. The visiting archaeologists got so excited, they wouldn't leave on time and were late for the next leg of the trip!
Lillian Joyce, our chapter's president, attended the fall AIA board meeting in Santa Fe. Stephen Waring tagged along. The board took several trips in the area to learn about archaeological institutions and sites. The first trip was to the School of Advanced Research, an institute in Santa Fe founded by the AIA and a sponsor of archaeological studies. The campus is on the former estate of two sisters who came to Santa Fe in the 1920s to join the bohemian arts colony.