Policies and Documents
1. AIA Congressional Charter
The act of incorporation of the Archaeological Institute of America, approved by President Theodore Roosevelt on May 26, 1906.
2. Regulations of the Archaeological Institute of America
Adopted by the Council on December 29, 1991, and last amended on January 10, 2015, the regulations of the AIA detail the governance and operations of the Institute.
3. AIA Vision Statement
Introduced in December 2013, the AIA Vision Statement presents an uplifting look at future directions for archaeology and the AIA, and is accompanied by a set of values that captures the essence of what archaeology is and how it should be conducted.
4. Code of Ethics
On December 29, 1990 the AIA Council voted to adopt a Code of Ethics. The Code was amended at the Council meeting of December 29, 1997.
5. Code of Professional Standards
A Code of Professional Standards applying to the AIA's Professional Members was adopted by vote of the Council on December 29, 1994, and amended on December 29, 1997 and January 5, 2008. Among other things, this Code states: "Professional archaeologists should adhere to the Guidelines of the AIA general Code of Ethics concerning illegal antiquities in their research and publication."
It should be noted that neither the general Code of Ethics nor the Code of Professional Standards constitute "rules" that the AIA Membership "must" follow. Rather, they are guidelines for ethical behavior and statements of responsibility to the archaeological record.
6. AIA Grievance Procedure
The Grievance Procedure details the resolution of violations of the Code of Professional Standards by AIA Members.
7. Resolutions on the Importation of Antiquities
Resolution in support of the Draft UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export, and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property; adopted by a vote of the AIA Council, December 30, 1970.
8. Resolution on the Acquisition of Antiquities by Museums
Adopted by vote of the Council of the AIA, December 30, 1973.
9. Resolution on the Presentation of Undocumented Antiquities at the AIA's Annual Meeting
Adopted by vote of the Council, December 30, 1973, and revised in 2004.
10. 1973 Annual Meeting Presentation Policy
In 1978 the editors of the American Journal of Archaeology (AJA) adapted the 1973 Annual Meeting Presentation Policy to apply to articles published in the AJA. See Editorial Statement, AJA 82 (1978), p. 1. The policy has been clarified in the AJA 86 (1982), pp. 1–2; 94 (1990), pp. 525–527; and, most recently, in N.J. Norman, "Editorial Policy on the Publication of Recently Acquired Antiquities," AJA 109 (2005), pp. 135–136.
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