Archaeology Links

Archaeological Institute of America (AIA):

Chartered by the United States Congress in 1906, the Archaeological Institute of America is the nation's oldest and largest organization dedicated to archaeology, with more than 200,000 members worldwide. AIA "promotes a vivid and informed public interest in the cultures and civilizations of the past, supports archaeological research, fosters the sound professional practice of archaeology, advocates the preservation of the world's archaeological heritage, and represents the discipline in the wider world."

Offers field excavation scholarships for student members. Sponsors public lectures and other local events. To join the local West Michigan chapter, contact Melissa Morison ([email protected] ).


Michigan Archaeological Society, Coffinberry chapter (MAS)

Formed in the 1930's, the Michigan Archaeological Society "holds, among its primary goals, the education of the public toward understanding the importance of our cultural resources. To reach this goal, the MAS involves many people from all walks of life, degrees of interest and experience levels."

Sponsors public lectures and other events; meets monthly on the GVSU Allendale campus. To join the local Coffinberry chapter, contact Wesley Jackson ([email protected])

Society for American Archaeology (SAA):

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; 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."

GVSU Links

Links to contributing academic departments:

Anthropology Department:

Classics Department:

History Department:

Library resources : Archaeology subject guide

Current events and projects:

GVSU Archaeological Society

Experimental Archaeology Projects:


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