2007 AIA Site Preservation Grant Winner Temple of Athena at Assos, Turkey

The Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) promotes archaeological inquiry and public understanding of the material record of the human past to foster an appreciation of diverse cultures and our shared humanity.  The AIA supports archaeologists, their research and its dissemination, and the ethical practice of archaeology.  The AIA educates people of all ages about the significance of archaeological discovery and advocates the preservation of the world's archaeological heritage. Learn more.

The AIA Archives contain documents dating back to the founding of the Institute in 1879. The documents detail the AIA’s early activities, including excavations in the Turkey, Libya, and the American Southwest. The Archives also contain information on the formation of the other institutes by the AIA around the globe, including the American School of Classical Studies at Athens and the School of American Archaeology (now named the School for Advanced Research). In the early 1990s the Archives were properly indexed and stored and are now available for scholars to study. They contain a treasure trove of unique insights into the individuals and activities of the AIA over more than 130 years. Explore the Archives.

AIA files include a photograph of assassinated archaeologist Herbert Fletcher De Cou and related correspondence.

The AIA is made up of Members from around the world who share a passion for archaeology. Our Members receive a wide variety of exclusive benefits, including a 30% discount on AIA Annual Meeting registration, discounts on admission and gift shop merchandise at AIA Museum Partners, discounts on select field schools, $100 off AIA Tours—and more!

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