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

August 19, 2010
An overview of how law enforcement works to protect cultural heritage.
May 8, 2010
Thanks to your response, the AIA sent in hundreds of letters to the U.S. Cultural Property Advisory Committee (CPAC) on your behalf. CPAC met May 6-7, 2010 to review the Memorandum of Understanding with Italy.
May 6, 2010
The State Department’s Cultural Property Advisory Committee met on May 6, 2010, to consider renewing the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the U.S. and Italy in 2001 and extended in 2006. Read AIA First Vice-President, Elizabeth Bartman's personal account of the meeting.
March 21, 2010
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.
March 21, 2010
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.


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