Founded in 1879, the AIA was chartered by the United States Congress in 1906, in recognition of its role in the development and passage of the Antiquities Act, which Theodore Roosevelt signed into law that year. Today, the AIA remains committed to preserving the world's archaeological resources and cultural heritage for the benefit of people in the present and in the future.
News, Issues, and Initiatives
The U.S. and the Republic of Cyprus agree to extend the Memorandum of Understanding to continue protecting the archaeological heritage of Cyprus; the AIA thanks its members for their support of this extension.
The Memorandum of Understanding between the United States and Peru has been extended for another five years.
From April 24-27, 2012, the State Department's Cultural Property Advisory Committee (CPAC) met to consider renewing the Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with the Republics of Guatemala and Mali.
Elizabeth Bartman, AIA President, calls for protection of Syrian sites.
Report on the Public Hearing of the Cultural Property Advisory Committee (CPAC, State Department) January 18, 2012, Washington, D.C. on the Renewal of the Memorandum of Understanding for Cyprus
DNA research from the AIA-supported site of Hoyo Negro makes important connections between the earliest settlers of the Americas and modern Native Americans.
Download the Program's 2014 Annual Report to learn about its many accomplishments and initiatives this past year.
The most recent Site Preservation Grant was awarded to a preservation and outreach project at Narce, Italy.