New President Of Archaeological Institute Of America

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Dr. C. Brian Rose, Curator-in-Charge of the Mediterranean Section at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology and the James B. Pritchard Professor of Archaeology in the Department of Classical Studies, School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, was elected the 30th President of the Archaeological Institute of America. The four-year appointment, which began January 6, 2007, runs through 2010.

Dr. Rose, an archaeologist with extensive field excavation and survey experience in Turkey at Aphrodisias, Troy, the Granicus River Valley and, most recently, Penn Museum's long-term field project at Gordion, takes the helm of the AIA-America's oldest and largest organization devoted to archaeology-at an important and rapidly changing time. Today's archaeologists, working in international and increasingly cross-disciplinary environments, are applying new scientific techniques and equipment to learn much more about antiquity than was possible in the past, even as an increasing number of archaeological sites fall victim to widespread looting.

As First-Vice President of the AIA (January 2003 to January 2007), Dr. Rose, concerned about the extensive looting of archaeological sites in war-torn Afghanistan and Iraq, coordinated a proactive educational program with the U.S. military to send AIA lecturers to U.S. bases where troops assigned were about to be deployed to the Middle East, as one way to create more awareness about looting, and to secure practical assistance from U.S. troops to help diminish the plundering.

"I would like to see the AIA be more proactive in its outreach efforts," he noted, "to younger and older groups, which means elementary and secondary schools as well as senior citizens; to the military, in the form of more archaeology lectures to the troops who are deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan; and to foreign archaeological societies, especially in Europe and the Middle East. "

"The civilizations of antiquity are really so close to our own; they experienced the same problems and, in a way, fought the same kind of wars. My hope is to convey this shared cultural heritage to as broad an audience as possible. Successful outreach programs also generate positive media coverage and promote a greater demand for archaeology courses on the university level. This, in turn, helps university administrators understand the value of archaeology and the importance of maintaining faculty positions in archaeology-a winning situation for everyone."

The non-profit Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) is 8,500 members strong, boasting a diverse community of archaeologists, students, and many other people interested in the field. Founded in 1879 and chartered by the United States Congress in 1906, the AIA exists to promote archaeological inquiry and public understanding of the material record of the human past worldwide.

As a curator at Penn Museum since 2005, Dr. Rose has helped to bring important information and ideas to a broader museum public with special events, including a sold-out talk by Colonel Matthew Bogdanos about the U.S. government's efforts to retrieve looted material from the Iraq Museum (March 2006), and a one-day public symposium, "Archaeology in Afghanistan: Museums, Antiquities and Conservation in a War-Torn Land" featuring top cultural and archaeological leaders from Afghanistan in their only U.S. public appearance (April 2006). This spring he is coordinating a scholarly symposium about the ongoing work at Gordion, Turkey, a rich, long-occupied site best known as the home of the famed King Midas; the program will include a public keynote address about the ongoing conservation efforts there.

After receiving his B.A. in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology from Haverford College in Haverford, Pennsylvania, Dr. Rose continued his education in the Department of Art History and Archaeology from Columbia University, where he earned an M.A., M. Phil, and Ph.D. (1987). He taught in the Classics Department of the University of Cincinnati from 1987 to 2005, as full Professor and Cedric G. Boulter Professor of Classical Archaeology (2000-2005), and Department Head (2002-2005), before coming to the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Museum in the fall of 2005. A frequent lecturer in North America, Europe and Turkey, he is also the author or editor of numerous scholarly articles, books, and reviews. In addition to his role with the AIA, Dr. Rose serves on the Board of Directors of the American Academy in Rome and the American Research Institute in Turkey.

The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is dedicated to the study and understanding of human history and diversity. Founded in 1887, the Museum has sent more than 400 archaeological and anthropological expeditions to all the inhabited continents of the world. With an active exhibition schedule and educational programming for children and adults, the Museum offers the public an opportunity to share in the ongoing discovery of humankind's collective heritage. --

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