The ethical principles of the Society for American Archaeology encourage professional archaeologists to participate in public outreach activities, including working with educators who are interested in integrating archaeology into their curriculum. The sources that follow will help you find an archaeologist in your area and local educational materials to supplement your classroom teaching. Students who wish to interview an archaeologist might visit the following:
SAA list of Archaeology Education Coordinators
Register of Professional Archaeologists
Ask an Archaeologist
Network of State and Provincial Archaeology Education Coordinators of the
Society for American Archaeology’s Public Education Committee. The SAA has volunteers in almost every state and some Canadian provinces who can assist educators and students with archaeology questions. If you are looking for a local archaeologist or educational resources, start by contacting the SAA state network coordinator. A current list of state and provincial archaeology education coordinators is maintained on the web site for the Society for American Archaeology at http://www.saa.org/publicftp/PUBLIC/resources/coordinators.html.
State archaeologists and historic preservation officers answer archaeology questions regarding their state, including local contact information. If the SAA Archaeology Education Network Coordinator site on the SAA web page does not show a link for your state, then try contacting the Office of the State Archaeologist or Historic Preservation. Their web sites usually include information about state archaeology activities and education resources, including fieldwork opportunities. The contact information for each state archaeology office is listed on the web site of the National Association of State Archaeologists. A complete list of state historic preservation officers is also available online.
Archaeological Councils and Avocational Societies
Many states have both professional councils and avocational archaeology societies, which in turn may have regional or local chapters. Both are good sources of information on local archaeology and local contacts. The Society for American Archaeology works with a number of affiliated groups known as the Council of Affiliated Societies, and maintains a member list on the SAA web site at https://ecommerce.saa.org/saa/staticcontent/staticpages/adminDir/affiliates.cfm
Register of Professional Archaeologists is a “listing of archaeologists who have agreed to abide by an explicit code of conduct and standards of research performance, who hold a graduate degree in archaeology, anthropology, art history, classics, history, or another germane discipline and who have substantial practical experience.” Their web site, www.rpanet.org, has a membership directory that can be searched by city and state to identify professional archaeologists in a particular area.
Project Archaeology, an archaeology education program of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, in cooperation with the Montana State University, is currently expanding its program to include a resource list of state and regional archaeology coordinators. Contact information for the state coordinators, who may be able to recommend local contacts and resources, can be found at www.projectarchaeology.org
Colleges and Universities
Archaeologists in the U.S. generally earn their degrees in anthropology. Your local college or university may have full or part-time archaeology instructors or graduate students in the school’s Department of Anthropology willing to act as consultants or speakers. In smaller schools, you may find that the Anthropology Department may be combined with the Sociology Department.
Last update 11/30/11