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Archaeological Institute of America

The Archaeological Institute of America (AIA), 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. For more on the history of the AIA, click here.


Along with archaeological fairs and an annual meeting that has been hosted for over one hundred years, the AIA provides funding for a large lecture program every year. These lectures are always free and

open to the public.


In addition to establishing important research institutions, like the American School of Classical Studies at Athens and the American Academy in Rome, the AIA connects volunteers to numerous fieldwork opportunities around the world.


Not one of the nearly 215,000 members of the AIA?

Join us today and help support archaeologists, their research,

and the advancement of ethical archaeological methods!


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