The Spring Benefit is our biggest fundraiser of the year. Your participation provides invaluable support for programs like our fellowships & grants to further archaeological research, the Site Preservation Program, which helps develop community-based solutions to protecting endangered archaeological sites, and helps us advocate for archaeology and preservation of cultural heritage worldwide. This is a mission that needs your help. Join us in creating a future for the past by purchasing tickets or a table at the Spring Benefit.
Latest News on the AIA Spring Benefit
A Sneak Preview of the Live & Silent Auctions…
Visit the Auction page to view the exclusive travel packages and gifts you can’t get anywhere else. This year’s auction features fantastic trips from AIA Tours to the Black Sea and the Yucatan, an evening with paleoanthropologist and author Ian Tattersall, beautiful jewelry by artisan Carolyn Roumeguere, and more!
Bandelier Honoree Announced!
The 2016 Bandelier Award for Service to Archaeology will be presented to Prof. Colin Renfrew, Lord Renfrew of Kaimsthorn, at the 2016 Spring Benefit Evening. Prof. Lord Renfrew is one of the world’s most eminent archaeological scholars. His work over the last decades has spanned from the prehistoric Aegean to radiocarbon dating to archaeogenetics, and has been enormously influential in shaping archaeological theory and practice.
Christopher Thornton will serve as Master of Ceremonies
The AIA is thrilled to welcome Christopher Thornton, Senior Director of Cultural Heritage at the National Geographic Society, as the 2016 Spring Benefit Evening Master of Ceremonies. After earning his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania, Chris taught at George Mason University before joining National Geographic. As an archaeologist, he has worked in South Africa, Hungary, Cyprus, Iran, and most recently Oman, where he directs excavations at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bat. He has lectured at universities and conferences around the world on the origins of metallurgy and the rise of complex societies in the Middle East and Central Asia.