Support the AIA in the Online Auction!

Just because you missed the Archaeological Institute of America’s Spring Benefit on May 5 in New York City doesn’t mean you missed your chance to take home a one-of-a-kind item! The Online Auction features a collection of exclusive travel experiences, unique jewelry and incredible art made exclusively for the AIA. Proceeds will benefit AIA’s most important programs and further our mission: Excavate, Educate, Advocate.

Circumnavigating the Black Sea Aboard the Island Sky

September 25–October 6, 2016 (12 days) with AIA Lecturer/Host Kathleen Lynch aboard the 57-cabin, all suite Island Sky.

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Circumnavigate this fabled sea aboard the elegant, all-suite, 57-cabin Island Sky. Join archaeologist Kathleen Lynch and cruise round-trip from Istanbul, exploring a variety of historic sites and cities in Turkey, Georgia, Ukraine, and Bulgaria, such as the Roman Gonio Fortress near Batumi; Tbilisi’s Old Town with 4th-century Narikala Fortress; graceful Odessa’s landmarks; and Varna’s magnificent Scythian gold treasures.

This AIA-sponsored cruise for two incudes:

  • One double cabin for two people in Category D suite or higher;
  • All accommodations, meals, and excursions as specified in the itinerary;
  • Full program of briefings, lectures, and presentations by AIA lecturer/host Kathleen Lynch and other experts;
  • On-tour flights between Batumi and Tbilisi;
  • Transfers on program arrival/departure days;
  • Baggage handling;
  • Gratuities to porters, wait staff, guides, drivers, and shipboard personnel;
  • Welcome and farewell wine receptions;
  • Wine, beer, soft drinks, or water at lunch and dinner aboard Island Sky and at all group meals off the ship;
  • Bottled water on motor coaches;
  • Professional tour manager throughout the program.

Value: $24,000 | Courtesy: Todd Nielsen, AIA Tours Director. Download the Tour Brochure PDF for full itinerary.

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At Home With Jim Delgado 

Join underwater archaeologist Jim Delgado and his wife Ann in their home in the DC suburbs for an intimate dinner for four guests.

Jim Delgado spent five years co-hosting National Geographic’s TV series The Sea Hunters with author Clive Cussler. His work on the series took him around the world visiting shipwrecks. As a world-renowned speaker and author, Jim loves nothing better than sharing these memorable stories with the public. He is one of AIA’s most popular AIA lecturers. He has explored underwater sites including the Titanic, the sunken atomic fleet at Bikini Atoll, and several ancient shipwrecks. He has worked in submarines, as a scuba diver, and with ROVs and AUVs to make 3D maps of shipwrecks on the ocean floor.

Enjoy a delicious meal and wonderful conversation at Jim’s home. Would you rather have Jim at your dinner table to fascinate your friends? That can be arranged with travel expenses covered. The date for this dinner is flexible and will be arranged for a mutually convenient time.

Value: $4,000 | Courtesy: Ann Goodhart

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Couples’ Portrait

Tired of sub-par phone snaps of you and your darling? Here’s your chance to own an artistic portrait of you and your partner that beautifully expresses your love and devotion for each other. This certificate includes a portrait sitting in New York City with acclaimed photographer G.E. Masana—featured in Martha Stewart Weddings, Town & Country, Grace Ormond, Brides, The Huffington Post, and more—plus a 10” canvas portrait rendered with rich artistry and painterly touches. The result is the kind of powerful, distinctive and soulful work of art that captures some of the meaning behind your relationship.

Terms: For couples only (perfect if you’re engaged, married or living together). Limit one per couple. Non-transferable. Does not include frame. Valid through 31 October 2016. Contact the artist for available sitting and selection appointment dates.

Value: $700 | Courtesy: G.E. Masana

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Protecting Our Heritage Trilithon Sculptures

This striking five-piece sculpture series, fashioned out of
papier mâché with a bronze paint finish, holds a poignant message on the importance of protecting cultural heritage. Each piece depicts famous characters from across history standing in a protective circle around the megaliths of Stonehenge. Pieces available separately.

Value: $300 | Artist: Lorri Thomas

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The Neolithic limestone masks, discovered in Nahal Hemarl, Israel, inspired this anthropomorphic mask with a toothy grin and hollowed eyes. His haunting look holds many secrets in contrast to his open mouth, which appears ready to tell all. Crafted in papier mache and acrylic.

Value: $300 | Artist: Lorri Thomas

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Toronto Getaway Weekend

Explore Toronto at your leisure! This trip includes two nights at the Sheraton Centre Toronto, as well as a $100 gift card for any of the dozen Oliver and Bonacini restaurants located throughout the city. You’ll also receive two Toronto CityPass coupon books for free admission to a number of famous Toronto attractions.

Then, enjoy a private tour at the Royal Ontario Museum, led by Chen Shen, Vice President and Senior Curator of East Asian Archaeology. Whether you’re out to see the sights, or prefer to relax and unwind, this trip will allow you to do as you please.

Value: $1,000 | Courtesy: Sheraton Hotels, Chen Shen, and the Royal Ontario Museum

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