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 Mission Statement

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. To serve the public interest, SAA seeks the widest possible engagement with all segments of society, including governments, educators, and indigenous peoples, in advancing knowledge and enhancing awareness of the past.



 Welcome TO the 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 7,500 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; advocated 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; and serve as a bond among those interested in the archaeology of the Americas.

Our Work


 Goals Minimize

SAA advances archaeological research and disseminates archaeological knowledge to the professional community and to the public at large.
SAA improves the practice of archaeology and promotes archaeological ethics.
SAA is dedicated to the conservation of the archaeological record.
SAA serves as a bond among archaeologists worldwide in all segments of the archaeological community.
SAA effectively serves the needs of the diverse constituencies that comprise its membership.
SAA is an effective advocate for archaeology in the legislative and public policy arenas.
SAA provides an effective and flexible structure for the Society's operations and initiatives.


 Statement on Diversity Minimize

SAA believes that the study and preservation of the archaeological record can enrich our appreciation for diverse communities, foster respect for difference, and encourage the celebration of individual and collective achievement. SAA is committed to promoting diversity in our membership, in our practice, and in the audiences we seek to reach through the dissemination of our research. Moreover, SAA aims to cultivate an inclusive environment that promotes understanding and values diversity in ethnic origin, national origin, gender, race, age, economic status, lifestyle, physical and/or cognitive abilities, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, work background, family structure, and other perceived differences.

(Approved by the SAA Board of Directors April 26, 2006)