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

U.S. Extends Agreement to Protect Archaeological Heritage in Guatemala

October 1, 2012

The United States extended its memorandum of understanding to continue protecting the rich archaeological heritage of Guatemala.

US-Mali Agreement Extended to Protect Archaeological Heritage

September 21, 2012

The governments of Mali and the United States have extended their bilateral agreement to continue protecting the archaeological heritage of Mali.

CPAC Announces a Closed Meeting to Conduct Reviews of two Memoranda of Understanding

September 21, 2012

A closed meeting of CPAC will conduct interim reviews of the MoU between the US and China and the MoU between the US and Cambodia.

AIA Emphasizes Support for Protection of Cultural Property and U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield’s Position on Syria’s Cultural Heritage

September 7, 2012

The AIA reiterates its support of the U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield’s statement (released August 24, 2012) on the importance of protecting the cultural heritage of Syria during the current armed conflict. The AIA initially issued its message of support on August 28; see for more information. The Blue Shield statement reads in […]

MoU between the U.S. and Cyprus is Extended

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.

MoU with Peru Extended

June 13, 2012

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

CPAC considers renewing the Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with the Republics of Guatemala and Mali

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.

AIA Calls for Protection of Syrian Cultural Heritage

March 12, 2012

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

Report on CPAC Public Hearing January 18, 2012

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

AIA Protests Treasure Hunting Shows

February 29, 2012

Elizabeth Bartman, AIA President, sent letters to executives at National Geographic and Spike TV to express concern over the content of two new TV shows.

1 2 3 4 5 9

support Us

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.