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.
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.
Jul 14, 2020
2019 JCR Impact Factors Underscore Strength of SAA Journals American Antiquity and Latin American Antiquity
American Antiquity’s journal Impact Factor trended up in 2019 while Latin American Antiquity maintained its solid standing.
Jul 01, 2020
Statement and Commitments from SAA Editors to Change the Underrepresentation of Black, Indigenous, and Other Scholars from Diverse Backgrounds in Our Publications
The editors of the four SAA publications—American Antiquity, Latin American Antiquity, Advances in Archaeological Practice, and The SAA Archaeological Record—and the editors of The SAA Press are committed to changing the underrepresentation of Black and Indigenous scholars and other groups in our publications.
Jun 24, 2020
Statement Concerning CalNAGPRA
Jun 08, 2020
Call for Editor, Advances in Archaeological Practice
The SAA invites applications for the editorship of Advances in Archaeological Practice—the most recently established journal published by the Society, currently in its 8th volume.
Jun 02, 2020
SAA Calls on Archaeologists to Confront Racial Injustice
Archaeologists have a crucial part to play in dismantling institutions of oppression, in our own field and in society as a whole.
May 15, 2020
SAA Archaeological Ethics Survey Closes June 5
The deadline for the survey to collect membership feedback on existing ethical principles has been extended to June 5. In lieu of the forum that was planned for 85th Annual Meeting in Austin, please take a moment to view videos from the panelists speaking to a range of topics and issues.
May 12, 2020
Debra Martin Appointed Editor of American Antiquity
SAA is pleased to announce that Dr. Debra L. Martin has been appointed as the new editor of the SAA journal American Antiquity, the premier journal of North American archaeology.
May 07, 2020
SAA 2020 Online Archaeology Week Round-Up
Due to the cancellation of SAA’s Austin Public Archaeology Day, we celebrated public archaeology online the week of April 27-May 3! SAA social media accounts posted videos and resources on archaeology in Texas and elsewhere.