AIA Fact Sheet
A summary of the AIA's history, mission, and programs
The Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) is the oldest and largest archaeological organization in the United States.
Founded: 1879 by Harvard Professor Charles Eliot Norton and a group of Boston intellectuals.
Chartered: by Act of Congress in 1906
Headquarters: Boston, MA
Archaeology Magazine Publication Office: New York City
Mission: 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.
Members: The AIA has some 200,000 Members, including professional archaeologists, students and members of the general public from all walks of life, united by their shared passion for understanding and preservation of the human past. Ninety percent reside in the U.S.
Organization: AIA members may belong to 107 local societies (chapters) in the U.S. and Canada with one in Athens, Greece, and one in the Iberian Penisula. Societies are located in most states in the U.S.
Programs for the Public:
Teachers Workshops: provides hands-on training and web-based classroom materials for teachers to integrate into K-12 curricula.
Programs for Professional Archaeologists and Students:
and students to exchange ideas, seek jobs, interact. There are usually programs for the public at the Annual Meeting as well.
The Stafford Civil War Sites in Virginia held its grand opening in April 2013.
On May 9, the AIA held a summit meeting to discuss new directions for the AIA and archaeology in K-12 Education.
The Site Preservation Program is funding the San Bartolo Mural Project thanks to a special gala pledge drive.