Who We Are
The Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) is North America's oldest and largest organization devoted to the world of archaeology. The Institute is a nonprofit group founded in 1879 and chartered by the United States Congress in 1906. Today, the AIA has nearly 250,000 Members belonging to more than 100 Local Societies in the United States, Canada, and overseas. The organization is unique because it counts among its Members professional archaeologists and Corresponding Members, students, and many others from all walks of life. This diverse group is united by a shared passion for archaeology and its role in furthering human knowledge.
The 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.
The Institute's Professional Members have conducted fieldwork in Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia, and North and South America. The AIA has further promoted archaeological studies by founding research centers and schools in seven countries and maintains close relations with these institutions, including the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, the School of Classical Studies at the American Academy in Rome, the American Schools of Oriental Research, and others.
AIA Members are dedicated to the greater understanding of archaeology, the protection and preservation of the world's archaeological resources and the information they contain, and the encouragement and support of archaeological research and publication. The AIA reflects these beliefs in the various products and services it offers (see list at right).
Led by a professional staff of nearly 30 full- and part-time employees supported by dedicated students and consultants, the AIA maintains offices in Boston and New York. A Board of Trustees who represent our general Membership, the academic community, and our Local Societies governs the Institute.
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Our award-winning popular magazine enters its seventh decade of publication committed to bringing the excitement of archaeological discovery to a popular audience. Filled with incisive articles, colorful graphics, and stunning photos, each of ARCHAEOLOGY's bimonthly issues is enjoyed by nearly 750,000 readers worldwide.
American Journal of Archaeology
One of the world’s most distinguished and widely distributed journals devoted to archaeology, the AJA has set the standard for archaeological scholarship since 1885.
National Lecture Program
Our most popular educational activity, the National Lecture Program connects practicing archaeologists with nearly 20,000 people each year for stimulating one-on-one discussion. Find a lecture near you.
Held every January, the AIA's Annual Meeting is the major meeting for classical and Mediterranean archaeologists in the world. The gathering is attended by 2,500 professional archaeologists, students, and supporters, and is the occasion to present cutting-edge research, explore breakthrough discoveries, and network professionally, making the Annual Meeting a preeminent event on the archaeological calendar.
Fellowships, Grants, and Scholarships
Each year, the AIA gives out competitive fellowships to support the research and study of scholars and students.
The AIA annually recognizes individuals who, through their research, teaching, or service, make exceptional contributions to the field of archaeology.
For those who wish to experience the world's cultural heritage first hand, the AIA offers deluxe tours accompanied by leading experts who guide participants and educate them about the sites they visit.
A valuable service designed primarily for junior academics, the AIA's placement service helps match talented young professionals with available job openings.
The Institute’s Site Preservation Fund awards grants to AIA Member–sponsored applicants to assist with repairs, document endangered sites, enhance visitors’ understanding, and/or help ensure the safety and security of the site.