Angkor Wat

A Day in the Programs Department at the Archaeological Institute of America

My name is Meredith Langlitz and I am the Senior Programs Coordinator at the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA).

AIA Headquarters is located under the Citgo sign in Kenmore Square, Boston.

AIA Headquarters is located under the Citgo sign in Kenmore Square, Boston. Photo Credit: historygradguy (jobhunting) cc

This morning when I arrived at AIA headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts, I caught up on several e-mails, mostly related to International Archaeology Day (IAD). I was especially happy to receive confirmations that the Archaeology Museum at the University of South Alabama, the Traveling Museum of Oregon Prehistory, and the Great Basin Anthropological Association would be returning as IAD Collaborating Organizations this year and that the Western Historic Trails Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa will be collaborating with us and hosting an IAD event for the first time this year. IAD, held each year on the third Saturday of October, has grown into a very successful event in the past few years—last year we had over 75,000 people participate in more than 350 events around the world. Right now we are making a big push to get everyone signed up again and to recruit new events (if you know someone that might be interested in hosting or attending an event you can quickly and easily send them an email invitation here).

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At 10am I had a brief phone call with Ethan Watrall who is organizing a “Current Practice in Digital Public & Community Archaeology” session for the Society for American Archaeology (SAA) meeting in San Francisco next April.  (more…)

The Greater Angkor Project at Ta Prohm, Cambodia

My name is Dr. Alison Carter and I’m co-Field Director of excavations currently taking place at the temple of Ta Prohm, part of the Angkorian civilization, near modern-day Siem Reap, Cambodia.  These excavations are part of the Greater Angkor Project  (GAP) Phase III, which is focused in part on investigating Angkorian habitation patterns.  Angkor was one of the largest pre-industrial civilizations in the world, however most research has largely focused on monuments, sculpture, and inscriptions. Recent work by the Greater Angkor Project has been looking at where people were living around some of these famous temple enclosures (last year we worked at Angkor Wat).  We have an international team with participants from Cambodia, the US, Australia, Germany, Thailand, and Vietnam.

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Part of the North Gate of Ta Prohm

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Our international team members inspecting an excavation trench