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 extraordinary global significance of the monuments, museums, and archaeological sites of Iraq (ancient Mesopotamia) imposes an obligation on all peoples and governments to protect them. In any military conflict that heritage is put at risk, and it appears now to be in grave danger.
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.
Director Stephen Mandal presented two lectures in Boston last week.
In March, CPAC will hold a closed meeting to review the MoUs with the Governments of Italy and Colombia.
Read about the conservation and outreach that's been going on at this ancient Maya murals site.