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

AIA Members appointed to U.S. Cultural Property Advisory Committee

August 22, 2022

Last week, President Biden announced his intent to appoint three AIA members to serve on the United States Cultural Property Advisory Committee, better known as CPAC. Alexandra Jones, a current […]

Preserving Belize and Libya

July 12, 2022

Your experience matters! Join our letter writing campaign to save a place you love. If you appreciate the cultural heritage of Belize and/or Libya, there are a few ways you […]

A Letter from AIA President Jodi Magness on the Proposed 2018 Federal Budget

March 20, 2017

Learn about how you can support NEH, NEA, and the ORCs during this critical time.

AIA Supports ASOR Statment

January 30, 2017

The AIA strongly supports ASOR’s statement regarding the US Executive Order, “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States,” issued on January 27, 2017.

Urgent: Please Support the NEH and NEA

January 23, 2017

The AIA urges everyone to help stop plans to eliminate the NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities) and NEA (National Endowment for the Arts). 

Reauthorize the Historic Preservation Fund

November 17, 2016

We need your assistance to ensure the re-authorization of the Historic Preservation Fund.

AIA Members Speak in Favor of Continued Protection of Artifacts from Bolivia and Greece

June 30, 2016

A Summary of Comments Presented at the Public Hearing of the Cultural Property Advisory Committee on May 24, 2016 at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C.

NEH Announces “Protecting our Cultural Heritage”

March 10, 2016

The National Endowment for the Humanities is calling for projects that contribute to the study, documentation, or digital reconstruction of cultural heritage materials at risk.

United States Extends Memorandum of Understanding To Protect the Cultural Heritage of Italy

February 11, 2016

The bilateral agreement, extended for a period of 5 years, includes new categories of protected cultural materials.

AIA Statement on the Recent Sale of Artifacts by the St. Louis Society

October 9, 2014

The Archaeological Institute of America has learned with grave concern that the AIA St. Louis Society has sold a collection of Egyptian artifacts entrusted to its care.

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