Archaeological Institute of America
Boston University
656 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02215-2010
Tel. (617) 353-9361
FAX (617)353-6550

Mission Statement

The Archaeological Institute of America promotes a vivid and informed public interest in the cultures and civilizations of the past, supports archaeological research, fosters the sound professional practice of archaeology, advocates the preservation of the world's archaeological heritage, and represents the discipline in the wider world.

The Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) is North America's oldest and largest organization devoted to the world of archaeology.
The Institute is a nonprofit group founded in 1879 and chartered by the United States Congress in 1906. Today, the AIA has 8,500 members belonging to 104 societies in the United States, Canada, and overseas. The organization is unique because it counts among its members professional archaeologists, students, and many others from all walks of life. This diverse group is united by a shared passion for archaeology and its role in furthering human knowledge.

The AIA exists to promote archaeological inquiry and public understanding of the material record of the human past worldwide. The Institute is committed to preserving the world's archaeological resources and cultural heritage for the benefit of people in the present and in the future. Believing that greater understanding of the past enhances our shared sense of humanity and enriches our existence, the AIA seeks to educate people of all ages about the significance of archaeological discovery.

Members of the Institute have conducted fieldwork in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North and South America. The AIA has further promoted archaeological studies by founding research centers and schools in seven countries and maintains close relations with these institutions, including the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, the School of Classical Studies at the American Academy in Rome, and others.

Local Societies

Each member of the AIA is encouraged to belong to one of 104 Local Societies through which the world of archaeology is brought to life by national and local lectures, symposia, field trips, films, and museum visits, etc. AIA societies are the backbone of our organization. Located across the continental United States, Hawaii, and Canada, and abroad (Athens and Iberia), societies are run by and for their own AIA members, giving individual members the satisfaction of being involved in the AIA on both the national and local level.


Each year, between September and May, the AIA sends up to three outstanding archaeologists to lecture to each of its societies. This free lecture program provides a unique opportunity for the public to meet practicing archaeologists and to learn of new discoveries. AIA societies, located throughout the United States and Canada, integrate these lectures with locally sponsored lectures and events.


Archaeology Magazine Our award-winning popular magazine enters its 60th year of publication committed to bringing the excitement of archaeological discovery to a popular audience. Filled with incisive articles, colorful graphics, and stunning photos, each of Archaeology's bi-monthly issues is enjoyed by 750,000 people worldwide.

American Journal of Archaeology One of the leading journals devoted to archaeology and related fields in the English-speaking world, AJA has set the standard for archaeological scholarship since 1885.

Books The AIA regularly publishes a variety of books, including monographs, conference and colloquia papers, and an annual volume (also available on-line) entitled Archaeological Field Opportunities Bulletin (AFOB), which is the go-to source for students seeking hands-on archaeology experience.

Meetings, Tours, Fellowships and Awards

Annual Meeting
Held every January at locations throughout the United States and Canada, the AIA's Annual Meeting is a gathering of 2,500 or more professional archaeologists, students, and lay people. Here, cutting edge scholarship, breakthrough discoveries, and other exciting topics are given center stage.

For those who wish to experience the world's cultural heritage first hand, the AIA offers deluxe tours accompanied by leading experts who guide participants and educate them about the sites they visit.

Each year, the AIA gives out several competitive fellowships to support the research and study of scholars and students.

The AIA annually recognizes those individuals who, through their research, teaching, or service, make exceptional contributions to the field of archaeology.

Placement Service

A valuable service designed primarily for junior academics, the AIA's placement service helps match talented young professionals with available job openings. Please click here to visit the link.


The AIA speaks with one clear voice on issues relating to the preservation and protection of the world's archaeological resources.
Led by a professional staff of nearly thirty full-time and part-time employees supported by dedicated students and consultants, the AIA maintains offices in Boston and New York. A board of trustees who represent our general membership, the academic community, and our local societies governs the Institute, and the organization operates under an annual budget of approximately $7 million.

Last updated October 9, 2007