Archaeological Institute of America

Educate, excavate, advocate

aka AIA   |   Boston, MA   |


The Institute is dedicated to the greater understanding of the record of the human past, to the protection and preservation of the world's archaeological resources and the information they contain and to the encouragement and support of archaeological research and publication.

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Principal Officer

Rebecca King

Main address

44 Beacon Street

Boston, MA 02108 USA

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Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Professional Societies & Associations (B03)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (W01)

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Fellowships and Scholarships

The AIA is pleased to offer fellowships for travel and study to deserving scholars and a number of scholarships and grants for students, publications, and AIA Societies. Every fellowship that we award has resulted in scholarly publications and presentations. The AIA/DAI Exchange Fellowships are sponsored by the AIA and the German Institute of Archaeology. They support reciprocal study fellowships in the U.S. and Berlin. The Anna C. and Oliver C. Colburn Fellowship supports study at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. The Harriet and Leon Pomerance Fellowship supports a project related to Aegean Bronze Age archaeology. The Helen M. Woodruff Fellowship supports study at the American Academy in Rome. The Olivia James Traveling Fellowships supports travel and study throughout the geography of the ancient Greek world. We are also pleased to offer the Archaeology of Portugal Fellowship. One of our newest grants is the Cotsen Excavation Grant which provides two $25,000 grants for excavation research throughout the world. The Site Preservation Grant supports the conservation of ancient monuments. The Society Outreach & Education Grant is to encourage Local Societies to host events such as a teachers' workshop, kids' archaeology fair, or a symposium in a local library that promote archaeology and community outreach. We also offer several publication grants including the Publication Preparation Grant, the AIA Publication Subvention Program, and our newest Samuel H. Kress Grants for Research and Publication in Classical Art and Architecture. We also offer the Graduate Student Travel Award to help with the cost of travel to the AIA Annual Meeting and the Jane C. Waldbaum Archaeological Field School Scholarship which assists undergraduates in the cost of field school.

Population(s) Served

The Site Preservation Fund awards grants to AIA Member-sponsored applicants to assist with repairs, document endangered sites, enhance visitors' understanding, and/or help ensure the safety and security of the site. The AIA takes a holistic approach to site preservation, using the organization's strengths to fulfill the AIA's mission and make the greatest overall impact. The program focuses on education, outreach, facilitating the spread of best practices, and direct preservation. The AIA is uniquely qualified to carry out a Site Preservation Program because of our close connection to our network of professional members in the field; 130 year history of archaeological public outreach; widespread programming; and access to millions of people interested in archaeology. Our program focuses on grant giving, recognition and dissemination of best practices, and advocacy, and public outreach. One of our most recent Site Preservation Grant award winners is the The Little Bay Plantation Archaeology Project in support of our collaboration with the Montserrat National Trust to protect the nascent Little Bay Plantation National Heritage Site from urban development and to increase community involvement in its preservation through education and interpretation. Our two-year project will expand our summer program in archaeology for students from the Montserrat Secondary School, augment site interpretation, and better protect the site that lies in the center of an on-going urban development project by erecting protective fencing.

Population(s) Served

Our most popular educational activity, the National Lecture Program connects practicing archaeologists with nearly 20,000 people each year for stimulating one-on-one discussion. The AIA's 117th year of its Lecture Program began in September 2012 and will run through May 2013. Lectures are free, and all are welcome. Top scholars from North America and abroad will be presenting a wide range of current archaeological topics at Societies throughout the United States and Canada. Thousands of individuals of all ages and backgrounds will be presented with discoveries fresh from the field and research lab, told to audiences first-hand by professional archaeologists and scholars. Nearly 300 Lectures are scheduled through our Societies, so there is truly something for everyone. Topics from the Classical world include the music of ancient Greece, scenes from the Roman stage, as well as Greco-Roman magic. In the Near East the cities of ancient Mesopotamia will be discovered, with reports on new work at Troy and Gordion; in Egypt the rule of Ramesses the Great will be examined, the Temple of Amun-Ra will be viewed through 3-D imaging, and Napoleon's campaign will be studied as the beginning of modern Egyptology. In the New World, the first Floridians, Mesoamerican gaming, Maya cosmology, and the effects of ancient volcanoes will all be discussed. Underwater topics will include deep submergence archaeology, the Titanic at 100, Byzantine shipwrecks, and ghost ships of the Klondike gold rush. Archaeological spies, Armenian sacred arts, archaeology in Antarctica, and Otzi the Iceman of the Alps will all make appearances. The Lecture Program is made possible through the support of friends and members like you who are committed to the research, interpretation, and preservation of our ancient past. We hope to see you at a lecture soon!

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Held every January, the AIA's Annual Meeting is the major meeting for Classical and Mediterranean archaeologists in the world. The Joint Annual Meeting (AM) is organized by the Archaeological Institute of America and the American Philological Association. The gathering is attended by professional archaeologists, students, and supporters, and is the occasion to present cutting-edge research, explore breakthrough discoveries, and network professionally, making the Annual Meeting a preeminent event on the archaeological calendar. This year's Annual Meeting will take place in Seattle, Washington at the Washington State Convention Center from January 3-6, 2013. The three day event includes over 200 events and more than 800 speakers. Nearly 1,000 hopeful presenters have submitted abstracts for inclusion in the academic programs. In addition to our regular session formats, several new sessions are being introduced in the 2013 program including a Poster Colloquium, Graduate Student "Lightning Session," and dedicated sessions for undergraduate poster and paper presentations. The Graduate Student Travel Award is available to assist graduate students presenting papers at the Annual Meeting with their travel expenses.

Population(s) Served

National Archaeology Day, held on October 20th, is an international celebration of archaeology and the thrill of discovery. Every October the AIA and archaeological organizations across the United States, Canada, and abroad present archaeological programs and activities for people of all ages and interests. The AIA also provides virtual participation opportunities that allow anyone in the world with access to the Internet to join in the celebration! Whether it is a family-friendly archaeology fair, a guided tour of a local archaeological site, a simulated dig, a lecture or a classroom visit from an archaeologist, the interactive, hands-on National Archaeology Day programs provide the chance to indulge your inner Indiana Jones! One of our most successful National Archaeology Day events is the Boston Archaeology Fair held in conjunction with the Boston Museum of Science. At the fair, participants are able to explore the exciting world of archaeology through a variety of interactive activities and games. This year is the 6th annual AIA-MOS Archaeology Fair, hosted October 19-20 at the Boston Museum of Science. Come check it out!

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Where we work


Gold Medal 2010

National Arts Club

Winckelmann Medal - the first ever presented to an organization in the United States 2004

German Archaeological Institute (DAI)

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

1. To recommit the AIA, a 134-year old learned society, to advocating the importance of archaeology in public understanding and the preservation of the world's archaeological heritage.
2. To design, pilot, and replicate more educational programs for both K-12 students and interested adults.
3. To increase membership in the Archaeological Institute of America and inspire AIA members to greater levels of engagement with the organization.
4. To increase Professional Services for our core constituency of professional archaeologists. Professional Services include scholarly archaeological research fellowships, grants to help professional archaeologists present and publish their work, funding for archaeological excavation, and opportunities to present archaeological research to both academic and lay audiences.
5. To promote AIA's ongoing initiatives and successes with Site Preservation and Publications Programs.
6. To promote and invigorate AIA's network of Local Societies, a network of 109 (and counting!) volunteer-run organizations, based from coast-to-coast, that are affiliated with AIA. These Local Societies organize, in conjunction with AIA headquarters, archaeological lectures, field trips, and other educational programs that are presented free-of-charge to the public.
7. To foster collaborations and partnerships as a core competency to advance the mission of AIA and educate more people, worldwide, about archaeological heritage.
8. To reinforce and sustain the financial strength of the AIA to better fulfill our mission.
9. To repurpose and redesign the governance, volunteer, and management structure of the AIA around mission fulfillment.
10. To expand the role of technology as a core competency within the AIA's activities that aspires to be the best in class for learned societies.

1. To recommit the AIA to advocating the importance of archaeology in public understanding and the preservation of the world’s archaeological heritage.

1.1 Testify at all Cultural Property Advisory Committee hearings on Memoranda of Understanding regarding trade in antiquities.

1.2 Monitor world events and speak out when appropriate.

1.3 Promote and expand International Archaeology Day.

2. To design, pilot, and replicate more education offerings for both K–12 and interested adults.

2.1 Reenergize the Education Committee to work with staff on this goal.

2.2 Evaluate current resources and programs; create a plan for moving forward.

2.3 Work with Societies to encourage archaeologists and graduate students to make presentations in K–12 classrooms; assist in educating other non-traditional students.

2.4 Encourage Societies to emulate successful models for this type of outreach used by other Societies.

3. To increase membership and inspire AIA members to greater levels of engagement.

3.1 Achieve membership goals by 2020:
2,500 professional archaeologists
6,000 amateur enthusiasts
2,500 college students

Professional Archaeologists
3.2 Communicate better with archaeologists about current AIA support; reimagine the section for professionals on the AIA website.

3.3 Reach out to a broader constituency of prospective professional members.

Amateur Enthusiasts
3.4 Expand benefits and emphasize AIA’s mission successes in order to convert ARCHAEOLOGY
subscribers and travel participants into Society members.

3.5 Reach more archaeology enthusiasts for membership through innovative adult education.

3.6 Reach more archaeology enthusiasts through special interactive excavation site tours.

3.7 Expand benefits for lay members at the Annual Meeting.

3.8 Increase student participation in the Annual Meeting.

3.8.1 Encourage more students to present papers and posters in regular sessions.

3.8.2 Expand opportunities for students to participate in scholarly activities.

3.8.3 Offer more professional development programs for graduate students at the Annual Meeting and during the year.
3.9 Invite students to advise on and participate in AIA initiatives.

3.10 Develop the Student Affairs Interest Group such that it assumes an active advisory role in the AIA.

3.11 Convince faculty members to introduce the benefits of AIA and local Society membership to their students.

3.12 Enhance the Societies’ emphasis on student member volunteerism and its value.

4. To increase professional services for our core constituency of professional archaeologists.

4.1 Expand and diversify professional development programs at the Annual Meeting and during the year.

A complete list of strategies may be viewed by clicking on the AIA Strategic Plan on Guidestar.

Forty-person Governing Board comprised of archaeologists, Local AIA Society leaders, and business people to help AIA staff achieve objectives. Network of 220,000+ AIA members. The AIA is the leading archaeological organization in the world. Archaeology magazine, a publication of AIA, reaches 750,000 readers with each issue. Five million people visit AIA websites ( and each year.

The new AIA mission statement and the recently completed strategic plan emphasize advocacy, outreach, education, professional services, and preservation. Below is an abbreviated report (a thorough report covering all programmatic areas at AIA was sent to Guidestar in September 2013 and is available by contacting AIA) on some of the progress made this past year.

Advocacy Programs:
Through the Site Preservation Program (SP) and the Cultural Heritage Policy Committee (CHP), the AIA has been keeping track of all the MoU requests, both new and renewing, that have been made to the State Department and the hearings that have been scheduled by CPAC. We have organized letter-writing campaigns that encouraged AIA members and others to contact the responsible officials. The CHP has sent experts to testify at the hearings

Just in FY 13 we supported the renewal of bilateral agreements with Cambodia, China, Cyprus, Guatemala, Peru, and Mali. We also supported the establishment of a new agreement with Belize.

In FY 13 the AIA released a statement expressing the importance of protecting Syrian cultural heritage during the current armed conflict. This statement follows other recent statements that the AIA has made regarding cultural heritage in Egypt, Libya and Mali. The AIA publicly expressed its support for new restrictions from the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) on acquisition of artifacts with questionable or unknown provenance. The AIA continues to work with the Cultural Resources Preservation Coalition (CRPC) and will be joining ICOM as an observer for their initiative entitled “International Observatory on Illicit Traffic in Cultural Goods.” AIA staff presented on various cultural heritage issues including preservation and heritage tourism at various professional meetings including the EAA, SAA, WAC, UMASS, and GWS.

Outreach and Education:
Since its establishment in 2011 National Archaeology Day has grown significantly. In 2011 for the first Archaeology Day we had 14 Collaborating Organizations, 83 Local Societies, 115 events, 38 U.S. States, 3 countries, and 15,000 participants. By 2012 these numbers had increased to 125 Collaborating Organizations, 275 events, 49 U.S. States, 8 countries, and 60,000 participants. Because of the global expansion of the program we have renamed the event “International Archaeology Day.” With a month and a half to go before the 2013 event we already have 100 Collaborating Organizations, 190 events, and 10 countries. Media mentions of the event increased from 220 in 2011 to 465 in 2012. International Archaeology Day has its own website ( and can be followed on Facebook, and Twitter.

In May 2013, we organized a one-day summit during which experts in education, heritage issues, and presented their ideas and opinions on how the AIA can be a resource for K-12 education in the United States.


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Archaeological Institute of America

Board of directors
as of 5/7/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Prof. Laetitia La Follette

Archaeological Institute of America

Term: 2020 - 2023

Susan Alcock

Academic Trustee

Carla Antonaccio

Vice President for Research and Academic Affairs, AIA

Norma Kershaw

Trustee Emerita

Charles La Follette

Trustee Emeritus

Andrew Moore

Past President, AIA

David Boochever

General Trustee, AIA

David Seigle

General Trustee, AIA

Charlie Steinmetz

General Trustee, AIA

Deborah Lehr

General Trustee, AIA

Mitchell Eitel

Legal Counsel, AIA

C. Brian Rose

Honorary President, AIA

Brian Heidtke

Trustee Emeritus

Laura Rich

First Vice President, AIA

David Ackert

Treasurer, AIA

Bruce Campbell

General Trustee, AIA

Julie Herzig Desnick

General Trustee, AIA

Robert Rothberg

General Trustee, AIA

Michael Wiseman

General Trustee, AIA

Michael Wiseman

General Trustee, AIA

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No