Society for American Archaeology


The Society for American Archaeology (SAA) is an international organization dedicated to the research, interpretation, and protection of the archaeological heritage of the Americas. With more than 7,000 members, the society represents professional, student, and avocational archaeologists working in a variety of settings including government agencies, colleges and universities, museums, and the private sector.

Since its inception in 1934, SAA has endeavored to:

  • Stimulate interest and research in American archaeology
  • Advocate and aid in the conservation of archaeological resources
  • Encourage public access to and appreciation of archaeology
  • Oppose all looting of sites and the purchase and sale of looted archaeological materials
  • Serve as a bond among those interested in the archaeology of the Americas

The mission of the Society for American Archaeology is to expand understanding and appreciation of humanity’s past as achieved through systematic investigation of the archaeological record. The society leads the archaeological community by promoting research, stewardship of archaeological resources, public and professional education, and the dissemination of knowledge.

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