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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

July 18, 2012

The U.S. and the Republic of Cyprus agree to extend the Memorandum of Understanding to continue protecting the archaeological heritage of Cyprus; the AIA thanks its members for their support of this extension.

June 13, 2012

The Memorandum of Understanding between the United States and Peru has been extended for another five years.

March 19, 2012

From April 24-27, 2012, the State Department's Cultural Property Advisory Committee (CPAC) met to consider renewing the Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with the Republics of Guatemala and Mali.

March 12, 2012

Elizabeth Bartman, AIA President, calls for protection of Syrian sites.

March 9, 2012

Report on the Public Hearing of the Cultural Property Advisory Committee (CPAC, State Department) January 18, 2012, Washington, D.C. on the Renewal of the Memorandum of Understanding for Cyprus

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