The Site Preservation program provides grants of up to $25,000 to innovative projects that preserve archaeological sites. The AIA currently supports projects on five continents.
Every year, thousands of irreplaceable archaeological sites are destroyed by development, looting, vandalism, warfare, environmental changes, and irresponsible tourism. The AIA Site Preservation program works to safeguard the world’s archaeological heritage for future generations through direct preservation, raising awareness of threats to sites, education, and outreach, and by facilitating the spread of best practices. Learn more.
“The number of sites needing preservation may seem daunting,” says AIA Trustee and archaeologist Paul Rissman, who serves as the Site Preservation Committee Chairman. “But with the AIA’s approach of preserving sites through not only conservation but also outreach, we can educate millions of people to care for their heritage sites.”
You can help save our archaeological heritage by supporting the AIA Site Preservation program.
The AIA seeks interns to work on special projects such as creating advocacy networks and informational reports, organizing site preservation-related workshops and conferences, and conducting research to aid us in our attempt to define best practices in the field. Candidates should be pursuing an advanced degree in heritage management, archaeology, or a related field.
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.