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 218,000 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. AIA members may belong to 110 local societies (chapters) in the U.S. and Canada with one in Athens, Greece, and one in the Iberian Peninsula. Societies are located in most states in the U.S.
Programs for Professional Archaeologists and Students:
Programs for the Public:
In advance of the Institute's 2015 Working Conference for Educators: Building a Strong Future for Archaeological Outreach and Education the AIA is soliciting a series of one-page descriptions of existing archaeological outreach and education programs.
We began the first week with our second group of students by explaining the archaeology of Achill Island and touring the sites at Slievemore.
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