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Bid on one-of-a-kind travel experiences, jewelry, handmade artwork, and more during the live and silent auctions. Proceeds will benefit AIA’s most important programs and further our mission: Excavate, Educate, Advocate. Auction items will be featured here as they are added. Check back for updates!

If you are interested in one of these auction items but are unable to attend the Benefit, please contact Jennifer Klahn at (627) 353-8709 or


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

Captivating Croatia

Hotel Bellevue

Mali Losinj

The Croatian island of Lošinj in the north Adriatic is the perfect place for you and a friend to spend a revitalizing holiday. Inhale the pine- and lavender-scented air of coastal Croatia while you explore centuries of history. This deluxe package includes private plane transfer from Marco Polo Airport in Venice to the island of Lošinj, five nights at the five-star Hotel Bellevue, perched on the beautiful bay of Cikat; excursions to museums, archaeological and historic sites, and aromatic gardens; a day sail to explore some of the nearby islands; a luxury spa treatment; and meals at the area’s most delicious restaurants. You will visit the Kvarner Palace to see Lošinj’s most famous inhabitant, the bronze Apoxyomenos sculpture discovered in the waters off the island in 1999, and receive a private tour of the archaeological museum. You will also have time to perfect your serve on the Bellevue’s clay courts or take a dip in the sea or the saltwater pool. This trip includes half-board lunches and dinners in local restaurants, museum entrance fees and guided excursions, and prearranged access to galleries and archaeological sites.

Value: $6,500 | Courtesy: Hotel Bellevue, Lošinj, Croatia and AIA Member Nena Komarica

Mediterranean Odyssey 

A week in Turkey or Greece—your choice!

You and a friend are invited to choose from a variety of enticing one-week expert-led tours in Turkey or Greece this autumn or next spring. Whether you want to enjoy a gastronomic cruise on a Turkish gulet along the Carian coast, or a walking tour on the Lycian Way, or a cultural and archaeological tour of the Greek Islands or mainland Greece—among other possibilities—here is your chance to explore the Mediterranean with award-winning, UK-based tour operator Peter Sommer Travels. Renowned for high-quality, small-group tours of the Mediterranean, the firm’s expertise stems from an intimate knowledge of Turkey and Greece—their geography, history, people, and more. All trips, by land or sea, are led by expert guides, archaeologists and historians, noted for their knowledge and communication skills. Their land tours and gulet cruises, which consistently receive rave reviews, bring to life the rich heritage of Turkey and Greece from ancient times to the modern era.

Trip valid for two people. Choose from a variety of options in Fall 2016 or Spring 2017. Trip must be completed by 30 June 2017.

Value: $6,900 | Courtesy: Peter Sommer Travels |


 Excavate an Ancient Maya CityMaya Research Program

The Maya Research Program is offering you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to participate in the Program’s 2017 archaeological field season at the amazing Blue Creek site in northwestern Belize. The winning bidder will join professional archaeologists for two weeks—you’ll have a choice of dates from May to July 2017—as you actively excavate a fascinating Maya city and receive training in archaeological field and laboratory techniques. This trip is for one lucky person and includes meals and lodging for two weeks in addition to field equipment and in-country transportation. Blue Creek was occupied from 600 BC to 1,000 AD and has revealed many surprises over the years, including one of the richest caches of jade in Central America, along with a ballcourt and wonderful stucco friezes. What will you discover?

Bid today, go to the jungle and have an adventure of a lifetime!

Additional Information
You will have a choice of a two-week excavation session between late May to the end of July 2017. Everyone is a full participant in the effort and is involved with field excavations and laboratory work. The excavation is open to adult and college student participants, regardless of experience. The field school has been certified by the Register of Professional Archaeologists. If a student wishes to receive academic credit, tuition costs via the University of Texas at Tyler or the student’s home institution will apply. The winning bidder may purchase additional spots for $1,750 per person.

Value: $1,750 | Courtesy: Dr. Tom Guderjan and Maya Research Program |

Pyramids & Temples of the Yucatan

February 18–26, 2017 (9 days) with AIA Lecturer/Host Ben Thomas


This luxurious, nine-day holiday provides the best-paced itinerary available to see the sun-drenched Yucatan peninsula’s spectacular ancient sites, traditional Maya villages, and colonial architecture. A perfect short winter “escape,” you will leave on a Saturday and return the following Sunday. See and learn about soaring ancient pyramids, distinctive temple complexes, and wonderful sculpture at world famous as well as off-the-beaten-path sites. Enjoy free time to bird watch, shop for crafts, or relax at our luxurious accommodations: two nights at the Mayaland Hotel (next to Chichen Itza), three at Hacienda Uxmal (next to Uxmal), and three at Merida’s Presidente InterContinental Villa Mercedes. There are no hidden costs—practically everything is included, except one dinner and your international airfare. There is just one departure available, accommodating no more than 16 participants plus your AIA lecturer/host and trip manager/guide.

This exclusive AIA Tour for two includes:

  • All accommodations as indicated in the itinerary;
  • All meals except dinner on the day of arrival;
  • Welcome and farewell dinners with cocktails;
  • A soft drink or beer with lunches and dinners;
  • Group arrival and departure airport transfers for those taking the suggested flights (schedule to be provided upon confirmation of reservation);
  • All ground transportation as indicated in the itinerary;
  • Bottled water during excursions;
  • All entrance fees to all sites listed in the itinerary;
  • All tips for the tour manager/guide, drivers, maids, bell boys, and porters at airports for those on suggested flights;
  • Leadership of AIA lecturer/host Ben Thomas, plus an experienced tour manager/guide and driver.
  • NEW! Round-trip airfare for two on United Airlines

Value: $11,400 | Courtesy: Todd Nielsen, AIA Tours Director, and United Airlines

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Hilton Be Our Guest Pass

The Spa treatment Villa - Unwind with the Spa?s Equilibrium Therapy, using wild mint oil and Thai herbs. Soothe tired muscles in the steam room or whirlpool.

Spend five nights anywhere in the world. 

Hilton Hotels International has graciously donated a five-day Be Our Guest Pass, which you can use to plan a trip to any of Hilton’s 500+ hotels and resorts. The pass includes standard accommodations and may be used within one year.

Hilton offers an array of resorts in the U.S. and abroad, incluidng premier destinations in China, Cyprus, Egypt, Iceland, Indonesia, New Zealand, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Value: Priceless | Courtesy: Hilton Worldwide

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 Weekend Getaways

 Boston Getaway

Come for a Friday or Saturday night stay in a deluxe room and breakfast for two at the Marriott Copley Place Boston  ideally located in the heart of Boston.

Jeffrey Quilter, William and Muriel Seabury Howells Director of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnography at Harvard University, will lead you on a private behind the scenes tour of the museum’s vast collections. The Peabody is one of the oldest anthropology museums and is world-renowned for its Native American and Mesoamerican collections.

And what would a trip to Boston be without the Red Sox? You’ll also receive an autographed photo of catcher Christian Vasquez.

Value: $750 | Courtesy: Harvard Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnography, Marriott Copley, and the Boston Red Sox

 Harvard Museums Tour

Visit the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnography at Harvard University to see towering totem poles, life-size casts of Maya monuments, and more. Exhibition highlights include: Digging Vertias, on the archaeology of historic Harvard Yard, Encounters with the Americas in the Latin American galleries, Ocarinas of the Americas, on the ancient clay flutes of Mesoamerica, and Moche Ceramics. This museum boasts one of the largest and oldest ethnographic collections in the U.S., and is not to be missed. Receive four passes to this wonderful museum, and also receive admission to the Harvard Museum of Natural History, where visitors marvel at the world-famous “Glass Flowers,” the Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants. This exhibit will reopen after an extensive restoration on May 21, 2016.

Value: $75 | Courtesy: Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnography

 Chicago Getaway

Spend a weekend in the Windy City! You will enjoy first class accommodations with two nights in an Executive Room and breakfast at the Hilton Chicago. While you’re in town, go behind the scenes at the Oriental Institute, a world-renowned showcase for the history, art, and and archaeology of the ancient Near East. The museum displays objects recovered from Oriental Institute excavations in permanent galleries devoted to ancient Egypt, Nubia, Persia, Mesopotamia, Syria, Anatolia, and the ancient site of Megiddo in Israel, as well as rotating special exhibits. 

The Oriental Institute requests two months notice in scheduling a tour to prepare a unique in-depth look at current projects and collections.

Value: $750 | Courtesy: Hilton Hotels, Oriental Institute

 San Francisco Getaway

Visit the City by the Bay and enjoy an exclusive tour of the Napa Valley wineries, personally conducted by renowned geoscientist and wine enthusiast Ian MacGregor. Dr. MacGregor has worked at the Canadian Geological Survey, the Geophysical Laboratory of Carnegie Institution of Washington, the Southwest Center for Advanced Studies (now University of Texas at Dallas), the University of California-Davis, the National Science Foundation, and the Smithsonian Institution.

You’ll spend three nights in a corner suite with breakfast for two each morning at the San Francisco Hilton in Union Square. You’ll also receive a $100 gift card for dinner at Fior d’Italia, America’s oldest Italian Restaurant, located in San Francisco’s North End.Then, visit the Napa Vallery wineries with Dr. Ian MacGregor as your guide.

Value: $750 | Courtesy: Hilton Hotels, Tom Field, Ian MacGregor

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Revel in the city that never sleeps with two weekend nights in a premier room with Executive Lounge access at the New York Hilton Midtown Hotel. Whether you’re headed down Broadway to see the latest hit show, or wandering through the natural beauty of the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, you’ll have plenty to see and do while you’re in New York City.

This trip also comes with a complimentary tour of the Onassis Cultural Center, dedicated to Hellenic culture from antiquity to today. When you’re ready to book your trip, AIA can enhance your visit by arranging an exclusive archaeologically-themed tour of one of New York’s many cultural institutions.

Value: $750 | Courtesy: Hilton Hotels

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 visitng 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


Beaded Necklace by Carolyn RoumeguereCarolyn Roumeguere

After spending her childhood in Kenya where her mother married a Maasai warrior, designer Carolyn Roumeguere travelled around the world, meeting amazing artisans in Kenya, India, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Mexico, and Peru working with local resources and creating beautiful pieces.

This striking necklace features a handcrafted gold-dipped sunflower medallion made by Jewish jewelers in Yemen. The inscribed glass beads are from Sudan c. 1940, and the red heart-shaped beads were made in Venice in the 1800s and traded along the East African coast. The bronze beads are handmade by the Ashanti people of Ghana using the traditional lost-wax technique.

Value: $1,250 | Courtesy: Carolyn Roumeguere |

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These fine silver pieces from artisan Deanna Long are inspired by the art and artifacts of ancient cultures. Each piece is original and handmade, designed to evoke the feeling and character of just being unearthed from an archaeological dig. This set contains three beautiful pendants: The Mezcala Stone Temple (right), which is modeled on a Mesoamerican temple structure, the Maya Pendant (left), inspired by a Maya jade pendant ca. 600-900 A.D., and the Egyptian Vessel, inspired by a late Predynastic Egyptian pot.
Each of these pieces will inspire conversation and admiration. Demonstrate your love for archaeology with a unique and enigmatic statement necklace!
Value: $515 | Courtesy: Deanna Long |

 Books & Media

 Two Great Courses on DVD by Professor John R. Hale

Exploring the Roots of Religion and Greek and Persian Wars

Your guide on this epic journey across civilizations and millennia is award-winning Professor at the
University of Louisville, and AIA Member, John R. Hale. An accomplished archaeologist and teacher, Professor Hale captures the human experience behind some of the most remarkable episodes in ancient history.

In these two courses—nearly three-dozen, thirty-minute lectures per course—Professor Hale offers more than just textbook descriptions. The
recipient of numerous awards for distinguished teaching, including the Panhellenic Teacher of the Year Award and the Delphi Center Award, Professor Hale is an accomplished archaeologist who provides rare and valuable insights gleaned from years of field work. From the depth of the Aegean Sea to the site of the Delphic oracle and beyond, Professor Hale has walked in the tracks of these ancient people.

So when he describes how the Persian fleet of Darius the Great was destroyed during a storm in the Aegean Sea, he can also tell you about his deep-water expedition to the site of the wreck, during which he and his colleagues discovered a priceless artifact.

These two DVD courses encompass a gripping saga. A gifted storyteller, Professor Hale weaves a spellbinding narrative that is both accurate and cinematic. You experience the sweep of history, but you also glimpse the more intimate stories behind the saga. With each anecdote, Professor Hale creates a picture in words, recounting vivid dialogue and delving into the internal psychology of the historic figures that shaped their world and the world we inhabit today.

It’s the adventure of learning without the homework or exams.

These DVDs complement Professor Hale’s masterful storytelling as they are fully illustrated with numerous maps, reconstructive illustrations, battle diagrams, and other artifacts to aid your learning.

Value: $700 | Courtesy: Professor John R. Hale

 The History of Human Evolution with Dr. Ian Tattersall

Fine wine & conversation with one of the greatest minds in paleoanthropology.

Ian Tattersall has been at the forefront of paleoanthropological research for the last quarter-century. Here is an incredible opportunity for you and a friend to meet one of today’s greatest thinkers and explorers. You will have an opportunity to explore the American Museum of Natural History’s Spitzer Hall of Human Origins before meeting Dr. Tattersall in his office and enjoying a glass of fine wine and conversation about who we are, where we came from, and what is in store for the future of our species.

Learn about the remarkable history of human evolution—from our earliest ancestors millions of years ago to modern Homo sapiens—from the man who made many of these incredible discoveries. To prepare for your visit, Dr. Tattersall has donated two of his excellent books: The Brain: Big Banks, Behaviors, and Beliefs and A Natural History of Wine. Both books are signed by the author.

To be scheduled at a mutually convenient time before 31 December 2016. Note that Dr. Tattersall travels extensively.

Value: Priceless | Courtesy: Ian Tattersall and Todd Nielsen, AIA Tours Director



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 | Courtesy: Lorri Thomas


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The stunning faces carved into stone at the site of Banteay Chhmar in Cambodia inspired this very human mask. Her gentle, inviting smile is timeless. The perfect way to “grace” your home or office with a touch of peace and serenity. Crafted in papier mache and wire.
Value: $300 | Courtesy: Lorri Thomas


This handmade amphora would make a handsome addition to any home, garden or patio. Made especially for AIA by artist Sibel Alpalsan, a native of Turkey, and featuring a bold sunburst design sure to add a pop of color to your flowerbed.

Value: $2400 | Courtesy Sibel Alpaslan