The Society for American Archaeology is an international organization recognized as a leading voice in support of archaeology. SAA is the go-to resource for archaeology and archaeological issues. Our leadership is comprised of highly trained and experienced archaeologists. and our members are on the forefront of cutting edge research.
Archaeology captures the public's imagination, uncovers common origins, and helps us understand our shared past. TV shows, movies, books, and articles about archaeology and archaeologists are a constant hit in mainstream media. SAA is committed to helping the media and entertainment industries portray archaeology responsibly and factually. We invite inquiries from the media about the exciting research and work being done by SAA archaeologists, the practice of archaeology, and about issues related to policy that affect archaeology.
Jun 15, 2021
Discovering New Career Trajectories
Join us on Friday, July 9, 2021 at 2:00-4:00 PM Eastern Time for a free virtual panel discussion for students or professionals looking for a change.
Jun 14, 2021
86th Annual Meeting Ombuds Report
The 86th Annual Meeting Ombuds Report, authored by SAA ombuds David Rasch and Elaine Shaw, is now available online.
Jun 04, 2021
The Task Force on Decolonization Listening Session
The Task Force on Decolonization invites SAA members to a listening session on Saturday, June 5 at 8:00 a.m. (PDT).
May 17, 2021
Congratulations to the SAA 2021 award, grant, scholarship, and fellowship recipients!
We weren’t able to honor the 2021 recipients in person this year, but we’ve put together an online awards presentation and hope you will join us in celebrating this year’s recipients.
Apr 30, 2021
The SAA Adopts New Statement Concerning the Treatment of Human Remains
The SAA’s newly revised and adopted Statement Concerning the Treatment of Human Remains replaces the prior statement adopted in 1986.
Apr 28, 2021
A Statement from the SAA Board of Directors Concerning the 86th Annual Meeting
Apr 27, 2021
New Interior Secretarial Order #3398 Protects American Archaeological Heritage
The SAA thanks Interior Secretary Deb Haaland for issuing Interior Secretarial Order #3398, which protects American archaeological heritage.
Mar 05, 2021
SAA 2021 Online Archaeology Week
Join SAA for a celebration of archaeology in California and elsewhere! Online Archaeology Week will run from April 5 to April 9, 2021 with virtual activities and talks.
Feb 17, 2021
Take Action! Help Stop the Destruction of Oak Flat
Please go to our Take Action portal for one of the last remaining opportunities to tell the U.S. Forest Service why endangering Oak Flat is so short-sighted. Comments must be submitted by Feb. 26, 2021.
Dec 10, 2020
SAA 86th Annual Meeting Goes Virtual
Due to the continued impacts of COVID-19, the SAA Board of Directors has voted to conduct the 2021 Annual Meeting in an all-virtual format. The first round of FAQs concerning the meeting is now available.
Nov 16, 2020
New Award Honors Bertha Parker Cody, First U.S. Native American Woman Archaeologist
Bertha Parker Cody is considered the first Native American woman archaeologist and ethnologist in the United States. A new award in her honor will provide support to Native American women in the fields of archaeology or museum studies and will fund professional training, internships, and research.
Nov 09, 2020
SAA Celebrates 30 Years of NAGPRA
Thirty years ago, NAGPRA transformed our field by laying crucial groundwork for a more ethical approach to archaeology. As part of our obligation to continue to improve the ethical practice of archaeology, the SAA is preparing to update our Statement on the Treatment of Human Remains and is soliciting member input in this process.
Oct 30, 2020
Matching Gift Doubles Donations to Support HUGS Program
SAA past president and 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Meg Conkey has pledged to match gifts to the Historically Underrepresented Groups Scholarships (HUGS) program up to $5,000. Donate today and double your donation.
Oct 21, 2020
United States and Chile Sign Historic MOU to Protect Chilean Cultural Patrimony
The SAA strongly supported the creation of the Memorandum of Understanding, and SAA member Dr. César Méndez testified in favor of the proposal.
Oct 13, 2020
SAA Endorses H.R. 8224, the New Philadelphia (IL) Historical Park Act
SAA endorses bill to create an important African American national historic park at New Philadelphia, Illinois.
Oct 05, 2020
Get Out The Vote!
Election Day in the United States is rapidly approaching. Please take a few minutes to make sure that you are able to vote this year.
Sep 25, 2020
SAA Protests the Bureau of Land Management Moving Forward in Chaco Culture Region
In a letter to the Bureau of Land Management, the SAA expressed its opposition to the BLM moving forward with a new Resource Management Plan / Environmental Impact Statement for the sale of oil and gas extraction leases in the Mancos Shale area in the Chaco Culture region.
Aug 14, 2020
Demystifying CRM Careers
Join us on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at 1-3 PM Eastern Time for a free virtual panel discussion for students or early career professionals.
Jul 21, 2020
Call for Nominations for SAA Leadership Positions
The 2021 SAA Nominating Committee invites the names of candidates for the January 2021 election ballot. Deadline for nominations is July 31, 2020.
Jul 15, 2020
Update on Proposed Changes to NEPA
SAA is aware of the president's statement announcing the administration's intent to publish dramatic changes to the regulations implementing the National Environmental Policy Act. Our full statement concerning the revised guidelines is now online.