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Texas Tech Hosts International Archaeology Day for First Time

International Archaeology Day is an opportunity for members of AIA to connect with and inform the public about archaeological research that Texas Tech is involved in.

Written by Megan Ketterer

The Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) will host International Archaeology Day on Thursday (Oct. 17) for the first time at Texas Tech University.

International Archaeology Day is an opportunity for members of AIA to connect with and inform the public about archaeological research that Texas Tech is involved in.

“We have such a vibrant archaeological community here at Texas Tech,” said Hannah Friedman, an assistant professor of classics in the Department of Classical & Modern Literatures and AIA Lubbock society president. “This event allows us to highlight our work as well as emphasize the importance of archaeological heritage both nationally and internationally.”

From 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., an information fair will be located at the West Plaza outside the Student Union Building. Texas Tech faculty will discuss their research in Belize, Jordan, England and Southwest America. Students are welcome to stop by and learn how they can participate in research during the summer.

The first AIA lecture of the year also begins 5:35 p.m. Thursday in Room 00113 of the Chemistry Building. Tamra Walter, an associate professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work will discuss Native Homelands and Foreign Frontiers: New Perspectives on the Spanish Missions of South Texas.

AIA is North America’s oldest and largest organization devoted to archaeology. The institute is a nonprofit group founded in 1879. Currently, AIA has approximately 250,000 members belonging to more than 100 societies in the U.S., including a society in Lubbock.

The mission of the institute is to promote archeological inquiry and public understanding of the material record of the human post to develop an appreciation for diverse cultures.

All events affiliated with International Archaeology Day are free and open to the public. Participants do not have to be a member of AIA.

For more information, visit http://www.depts.ttu.edu/classic_modern/aia/about.html.

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CONTACT: Hannah Friedman, assistant professor of classics, Department of Classical & Modern Literatures, College of Arts & Sciences, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-3145 ext. 294, or hannah.friedman@ttu.edu.

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