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
In the face of the recent destruction and looting of Iraq’s archaeological sites, museums and libraries, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has announced an initiative aimed at the preservation and documentation of “cultural resources in Iraq’s archives, libraries, and museums.
A First-Person Account of the CPAC Meeting Reviewing Italian Import Restrictions
A new Memorandum of Understanding was recently inked by the United States and the People’s Republic of China. The five-year agreement outlines steps designed to stem the flow of illicitly excavated or exported artifacts from China to the U.S.
The Archaeological Institute of America has issued the following statement concerning cultural objects on loan to U.S. institutions and calls for Congressional action to assure the security of international loans and exhibitions from attachment.
The AIA Governing Board endorsed the UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage.
Read the Program's 2013 Annual Report to learn about its many activities this past year.
An update on the artifact conservation from the Queen Anne's Revenge Shipwreck
This latest Site Preservation Grant will protect and promote a historic cemetery on Long Island.