Mission

Mission Statement

The AIA promotes archaeological inquiry and public understanding of the material record of the human past to foster an appreciation of diverse cultures and our shared humanity.  The AIA supports archaeologists, their research and its dissemination, and the ethical practice of archaeology.  The AIA educates people of all ages about the significance of archaeological discovery and advocates for the preservation of the world’s archaeological heritage.

Did you Know that the AIA…?

  • Is the oldest and largest archaeological organization in the United States
  • Was founded in 1879 and now boasts nearly 215,000 members and over 100 Local Societies in North America and Europe
  • Is responsible for establishing the American School of Classical Studies in Athens (1882) and Rome (1895) as well as the American School for Oriental Study and Research in Jerusalem (1899) and the School of American Research in Santa Fe (1907)
  • Publishes the premiere source for archaeological research – the American Journal of Archaeology
  • Has been offering 123 years of free public lectures and hosted 222 lectures in the 2018-2019 season
  • Has hosted an Annual Meeting every year for 120 years and has 2,500 attendees on average
  • Reaches 700,000 readers of ARCHAEOLOGY magazine around the world
  • Organizes tours of archaeologically, historically, and culturally significant sites around the globe with the world’s leading archaeologists
  • Awarded 29 fellowships and grants to students and scholars around the world in 2018
  • Established the Site Preservation Program, which has already saved 33 threatened archaeological sites on five continents
  • Helped 25 deserving students attend their first field school through the Waldbaum Archaeological Field School Scholarship Program in 2018
  • Attracted over 200,000 people worldwide for International Archaeology Day last year over 1,000 events taking place around the globe
  • Received the largest gift in its 140-year history – the Richard C. MacDonald Iliad Endowment for Archaeological Research
    in 2015
  • Shared its headquarters for decades with the other AIA (the American Institute of Architects) in The Octagon in Washington, D.C.
  • Now shares its headquarters with the American Meteorological Society in the Third Harrison Gray Otis House in Boston, MA

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The AIA is North America's largest and oldest nonprofit organization dedicated to archaeology. The Institute advances awareness, education, fieldwork, preservation, publication, and research of archaeological sites and cultural heritage throughout the world. Your contribution makes a difference.