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 Public Education Committee (PEC) of the Society for American Archaeology Minimize

Public Education Committee Charge
SAA PEC Members
SAA PEC Member Biographies
Task Groups
SAA Staff Liaison to the PEC
Committee History
Public Education Committee History Time-line
Formal Education Subcommittee of the SAA PEC (1990-1991)
PEC Traveling Exhibit
Careers in Archaeology Education (Handout, 2005)
Archaeology and Public Education E-Newsletter (A&PE)


  • Public Education Committee Charge:

Preamble:               Part of the SAA’s mission is to provide leadership in education about archaeology.  The PEC is charged with providing expert advice to the Board on public education and outreach.
Committee Charge:       The PEC advises the Board on the interests and concerns of various audiences about archaeology and advises the Board about roles that SAA can play in their education.  The PEC advises the Board on the needs of SAA members with regard to public education.  The PEC carries out specific tasks as requested by the Board in conjunction with SAA staff.  The PEC advises the Board about potential collaboration between SAA and other organizations that promote archaeological education.

  • SAA PEC Biographies:

Learn more about the public archaeology activities and interests of some of the PEC members here

  • Task Groups:

Learn about PEC mandates and read summaries of current projects here

  • SAA Staff Liaison to the PEC

The SAA Manager of Education and Outreach serves as the SAA staff liaison to the SAA Public Education Committee. This SAA staff member also responds to inquiries about archaeology from students, teachers, and the general public and develops educational materials for professional archaeologists and the public. Since 2001, this staff position has been filled by archaeologist Maureen Malloy. In this Manager capacity, Maureen co-edited (with Linda Derry) the volume Archaeologists and Local Communities: Partners in exploring the Past (2003). Maureen works closely with the PEC Web Page Working Group helping create, gather, and evaluate page content.

  • Committee History

This summary, Public Education Committee of the Society for American Archaeology: An Historical and Comparative Perspective was prepared and contributed by Ruth O. Selig.

See also materials related to SAA's participation in the Education and Archaeology Work Group, a coalition of archaeological, anthropological, and historical organizations formulating outreach and education strategies in the early 1990's.

  1. SAA PEC History Time-Line

Archived correspondence indicating the actions and focus of this subcommittee at the formation of the SAA PEC.

  • SAA Tabletop Display:

Did you know that the SAA has a tabletop exhibit  that members can borrow?  The attractive display is available to SAA members for use at conferences, archaeology month activities, or other special events. The borrower pays the shipping costs. For more information on borrowing the display,  or to schedule it for an event, please contact Maureen Malloy, SAA Manager, Education and Outreach.

This SAA Public Education Committee (PEC) handout was prepared for a CRM Expo held during the annual SAA conference. Read commentary written in response by Carol McDavid Ph.D.

Archaeology & Public Education began as a print newsletter of the SAA Public Education Committee. Sent out 3 times a year to people interested in archaeology education, the newsletters contained information on workshops and events, plus archaeology education lesson plans and stories about archaeology education in practice. The print newsletter was last published in 1998. In 2000, Archaeology & Public Education transformed into an electronic newsletter. It was posted quarterly and focused on current events and information on teacher training workshops, new publications, web sites, and other related information. The last electronic issue was posted in June 2004, pending the launch of this web site, which has incorporated and enlarged upon the information formerly found in the newsletter. Back issues of both the print and electronic newsletters are available here.