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

Joint Statement of Principle on the Protection of Archaeological Sites, Monuments and Museums

January 5, 2007

An unprecedented international agreement to combat the destruction of the archaeological record and the depredations caused by looting and the illegal trade in undocumented antiquities was signed at the Annual Meeting by the AIA, German Archaeological Institute, and the Institute of Archaeology of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Letter in Support of Cyprus’s Request

January 3, 2007

Patty Gerstenblith, president of the Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation

Letter in Support of Peru’s Request

January 3, 2007

Patty Gerstenblith, president of the Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation

AIA Supports Cypriot Import Restrictions

December 19, 2006

As President of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA), I am writing to express my strong support on behalf of the AIA for the request by the Government of Cyprus to renew the U.S.-Cyprus MOU imposing import restrictions on Classical and Pre-Classical archaeological materials and on Byzantine ecclesiastical material from Cyprus under Article 9 of the 1970 UNESCO Convention.

Getty Museum Strengthens Acquisition Policies

October 23, 2006

The Archaeological Institute of America congratulates the J. Paul Getty Museum for its recent decision to strengthen its acquisition policies for works of art including ancient art and archaeological materials.

Archaeologists Call on Mid-East Combatants To Honor Hague Convention of 1954

July 22, 2006

The Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) and the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) deplore the loss of innocent life in northern Israel and Lebanon and profoundly wish for a quick resolution of the armed hostilities in the area.

Legislative Alert: National Historic Preservation Act

April 21, 2006

A proposed amendment to the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), now under consideration by Congress, may jeopardize the protected status of as yet undiscovered archaeological sites.

Archaeologists Call For Responsible Museum Acquisitions Policies

February 28, 2006

In response to the Association of Art Museum Directors’ (AAMD) new guidelines on the loan of archaeological artifacts and ancient artworks, the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) today issued a statement pointing out its shortcomings and proposed a set of principles for future acquisitions or loans of antiquities by American museums.

U.S.-Italy Bilateral Agreement to Protect Italian Antiquities up for Renewal

September 15, 2005

The public hearing of the Cultural Property Advisory Committee on the renewal of the U.S.-Italy bilateral agreement took place in Washington D.C. on September 8, 200. AIA President Jane Waldbaum and Vice President for Professional Responsibilities, Malcolm Bell, III both attended and presented testimony on behalf of renewal. Links to PDFs of their letters to the committee are posted below.

Archaeologists Teach U.S. Troops Iraq and Afghan Heritage

August 19, 2005

The Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) announces a new educational program first implemented earlier this year at the Marine Corps base at Camp LeJeune in North Carolina. In the first four months some 2,000 troops en route to Iraq and Afghanistan have benefited from presentations on the archaeology, history and cultural heritage of the region by experts in the field.

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