|| Recent News
- Join SAA members supporting National Archaeology Day, October 20, 2012!
- September 21, 2012: President designates Chimney Rock National Monument
- July 2012: Reality TV: National Geographic Responds
- Letter from SAA President Fred Limp to Membership
- Minutes of NGS Conference
- July 17, 2012: SAA sent letter regarding destruction of cultural sites in Mali
- May 23, 2012: SAA sent letter urging Canadian government to reconsider cuts to archaeology program
- May 4, 2012: transcript of NGS conference on avocational metal detecting and archaeology
- February 27, 2012: SAA sent letter to the National Geographic Society opposing the "Diggers" show
- February 24, 2012: SAA sent letters to Spike TV, MTV, Viacom, and Gerny Productions opposing the "American Digger" show
- January 18, 2012: Dr. Joan Gero testifies on behalf of SAA in support of renewal of bilateral agreement with Peru
- January 17, 2012: SAA submits comments for USACE regulatory review
- January 11, 2012: SAA opposes renewed effort to undermine Alabama submerged cultural resources law
- November 16, 2011: Dr. Patricia McAnany testifies on behalf of SAA in support of bilateral agreement with Belize
- SAA's 2012 Open Call for Committee volunteers is now available here
- SAA responds to Florida Governor Scott's remarks on education in anthropology
- Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO) introduced legislation (H.R. 2621) on July 21 to establish the Chimney Rock National Monument in Colorado. A Senate version (S. 508) was introduced on March 11.
- On July 21, SAA sent a letter congratulating all of the firefighters who worked so hard to protect cultural resources during the recent wildfires in the Southwest.
- SAA sent a letter on July 7, 2011, to the Board of Regents of the New York State Education Department regarding the proposed layoffs at the New York State Museum.
- On July 5, 2011, the Department of the Interior announced that it was making a change to the NAGPRA regulations, bringing their definition of 'Indian Tribe' into agreement with that of other statutes.
- On June 29, 2011, SAA filed comments with the Department of Interior for the retrospective review of NAGPRA's implementing regulations.
- On June 27, 2011, SAA sent a letter to Governor Herbert of Utah expressing concern about the recent firings at the state's Antiquities Office.
- On June 23, 2011, SAA submitted responses to the Advisory Council for Historic Preservation's request for public input as part of its retrospective review of the regulations implementing Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.
- On May 31, 2011, SAA submitted comments on the NPS proposed information collection request.
- On May 16, 2011, SAA submitted comments regarding the U.S. Forest Service's proposed land management planning rule.
- Effective April 28, 2011, the Secretary of Interior, Ken Salazar, appointed Dr. Alex W. Barker and Ms. LindaLee Kuuleilani Farm to four year terms on the seven-member NAGPRA Review Committee. Dr. Barker is Director of the Museum of Art and Archaeology, and Adjunct Associate Professor of Archaeology at the University of Missouri. Ms. Farm is a partner in the Hawaii-based law firm of Goodsill Anderson Quinn and Stifer, LLP. She has worked on NAGPRA-related litigation issues since 2003. The two appointees on the Committee were nominated by national museum and scientific organizations. SAA was one of the groups that nominated Dr. Barker.
- On March 22,2011 SAA and other archaeological and cultural resource protection groups urge international authorities to provide greater protection for threatened Egyptian artifacts.
- On February 4, 2011, an international coalition of archaeological organizations released a statement concerning the situation in Egypt and its impact on that nation's cultural heritage. The statement calls upon all parties in Egypt to protect their irreplaceable historic resources, and for international authorities to be alert for possible smuggling of looted Egyptian antiquities.
- On July 30, 2010, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3534, the CLEAR Act, which reforms the federal government's oil and gas regulatory, leasing, and royalty programs. The bill also contains a provision guaranteeing full funding ($150 million per year) for the Historic Preservation Fund.
- On July 29, 2010, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved H.R. 5282, the Army Corps of Engineers Veterans Curation authorization bill, which will provide a total of $35 million over the next five years for the program in which disabled veterans help preserve, catalogue, and curate the Corps of Engineer's archaeological collections.
- On July 29, 2010, SAA and other preservation groups co-signed a letter to the House of Representatives urging support for a measure that would guarantee full funding for the Historic Preservation Fund.
- On July 28, 2010, SAA sent a letter to the House Transportation Committee in support of legislation (H.R. 5282) to reuthorize the Army Corps of Engineers Veterans Curation Program.
- On June 10, 2010, SAA submitted testimony to the House Natural Resources Committee in support of legislation (H.R. 5110) to expand the Casa Grande National Monument.
- On May 13, 2010, SAA filed comments with the Department of Interior regarding its final rule for the disposition of culturally unidentifiable human remains under NAGPRA.
- On March 19, 2010, SAA submitted testimony to the House Appropriations Committee regarding funding for the NAGPRA Grants Program in FY2011.
- On March 15, 2010, the Department of Interior published its final rule for the disposition of culturally unidentifiable human remains under NAGPRA. There will be a 60 day period in which to submit comments on the regulation, which goes into effect May 14, 2010. You can read the rule here.
- The SAA office is closed on February 05, 2010 at 11AM due to inclement weather.
- On January 13, 2010, the leaders of SAA and other archaeological and cultural resource organizations signed a letter opposing the scheduled auction of human remains by Christie's Americas, and urged the auction house to not proceed with the sale.
- 2010 Native American Scholarships Opportunity
- Dr. Fabio Amador, on behalf of SAA, testified before the State Department's Cultural Properties Advisory Committee on November 12 in favor of the government of El Salvador's proposed renewal of its bilateral agreement with the United States for the protection of El Salvador's archaeological and ethnographic resources from looting. The current agreement expires in 2010. You can read Dr. Amador's testimony here.
- SAA recently joined the Coalition for Full and Permanent Funding for the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF). The Coalition is comprised of national, statewide and local organizations, agencies, and businesses, who support securing full permanent funding for the HPF. Visit the Coalition website to learn more about the HPF, what it does for archaeology and other preservation disciplines, and how to contact your Senators and Representative.
- R.E. Taylor Student Poster Award Competition at SAA 2010
As a result of a collaborative effort with the Society for American Archaeology, SAS will acknowledge an outstanding student poster for its innovative contribution in the use of scientific technologies to archaeological research by granting the R. E. Taylor Award, consisting of 100 US dollars and a one-year subscription to the SAS Bulletin. Financial support for the Taylor Award derives from the membership royalties of those who have joined us in our quest of making of archaeological sciences relevant to the study of humankind by using the tools of tomorrow