Saving Ancient Places Virtual Auction

 

Support the Saving Ancient Places Online Auction!
Just because you missed the Saving Ancient Places Benefit on April 21 in New York City doesn’t mean you missed your chance to take home some one-of-a-kind items! We invite you to take part in our Saving Ancient Places Online Auction, held May 7 (Midnight EST) to May 18 (Midnight EST), 2015. Preview our catalog of exclusive travel experiences, unique jewelry, and handcrafted artwork made especially for the event, while supporting the AIA’s mission: Excavate, Educate, Advocate.
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Grace Mask Inspired by Banteay Chhmar
Custom-made for the AIA auction by artist Lorri Thomas, the stunning faces carved in stone at the site of Banteay Chhmar in Cambodia inspired this outstanding piece crafted in papier mache and acrylic.

Lama Hourani Necklace & RingLama Hourani
These fabulous creations from Jordanian jewelry designer, Lama Hourani, feature orange-faceted agate, coral, and rose quartz stones. They were handmade at Lama’s workshop in Amman, which employs and empowers underprivileged women.
StonehengeStonehenge Necklace & Earrings
Jewelry designer and artist Amy DeLorenzo grew up with a passion for archaeology and took inspiration from Stonehenge to create this one-of-a-kind set for AIA. Both pieces are handcrafted using sterling silver precious metal clay and there is 22k gold overlay on the earrings.
Beaded Necklace by Carolyn RoumeguereCarolyn Roumeguere
Artist Carolyn Roumeguere is a world traveler and so is this beaded necklace. The sunflower medallion is silver dipped in gold by Jewish jewelers in Yemen, the glass red beads are from Sudan, the red heart beads were made in Venice, the bronze beads are hand made by the Ashanti people of Ghana, and the clasp is her signature snake in 18 kt gold.
Sican Burial Maskc2
Take home this handcrafted contemporary version of a Moche Middle Sican ceremonial headdress. The sculpture is over six feet tall and four feet wide with ninety steel feathers, cut by eye alone.
Peruvian Mask
Hery MaskThe original artifact that inspired this one-of-a-kind piece was a golden mask, dating to approximately 100-800 A.D. Artist Christopher Hery crafted this steel piece especially for the AIA, without the use of molds or measurement.

23andMe_logo23and Me Personalized DNA Kit
Are you part Neanderthal? With a personal DNA kit from our friends at 23andMe, you can find out! Simply provide a saliva sample, register your kit, send it back using pre-paid packaging, and you’ll be provided with personalized information that could help you get a deeper understanding of your ancestry.

Trips

exlore-chicagoChicago Getaway Package
Enjoy a two night stay in an upgraded room at the HiltonChicago Hotel, located in the South Loop just steps from Grant Park and Lake Michigan with access to the Executive Lounge. Then invite up to eight of your friends for a behind-the-scenes tour of The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago guided by the Chief Curator, Dr. Jack Green. Please note that airfare is not included.
Westin 1Boston Getaway Package
You will enjoy first class accommodations with a two night stay at the four diamond, Westin Copley Place Boston Hotel, ideally located in the heart of Boston in Copley Square. To allow you to truly experience historic Boston, the Omni Parker House Hotel is providing a $100 gift card to their famous Parker House Restaurant, an iconic location in Boston history where Charles Dickens, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and other literary greats dined as members of the “Saturday Club.”  Then you will join Dr. Ben Thomas for a private tour (for two people) of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts’ collection of spectacular Maya pottery.  Dr. Thomas is a Maya specialist and the Director of Programs for the Archaeological Institute of America. Please note that airfare is not included.