About Us

The Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) is North America’s oldest and largest organization devoted to the world of archaeology. The learned society is a nonprofit group founded in 1879 and chartered by the United States Congress in 1906. Today, the AIA has nearly 210,000 Members and more than 100 Local Societies in the United States, Canada, and overseas. Our members include professional archaeologists, corresponding members, students, and enthusiasts, all united by a shared passion for archaeology and its role in furthering human knowledge.

The AIA provides funding for excavation and preservation of archaeological sites as well as grants and fellowships to support professionals and students throughout their careers including: research, publication, travel, and field school opportunities.

AIA Publications

The award-winning popular magazine enters its seventh decade of publication committed to bringing the excitement of archaeological discovery to a popular audience.  Each of ARCHAEOLOGY’s bimonthly issues is enjoyed by nearly 750,000 readers worldwide.

American Journal of Archaeology
One of the world’s most distinguished and widely distributed journals devoted to archaeology, the AJA has set the standard for archaeological scholarship since 1885.


The Institute’s Professional Members have conducted fieldwork in Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia, 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, the American Schools of Oriental Research, and others.

AIA Members are dedicated to the greater understanding of archaeology, the protection and preservation of the world’s archaeological resources and the information they contain, and the encouragement and support of archaeological research and publication.


AIA Member and Past President, Dr. C. Brian Rose


AIA Member Dr. George F. Bass, Nautical Archaeologist