About the AIA

The Archaeological Institute of America, founded in Boston in 1879 by Charles Eliot Norton, is the oldest archaeological organization in North America, and with more than 11,000 members around the world, it is the largest. It is a non-profit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress and dedicated to the encouragement and support of archaeological research and publication and to the protection of the world's cultural heritage.


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 it 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. It publishes the American Journal of Archaeology and Archaeology magazine. Institute headquarters is located at Boston University

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