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The Society for American Archaeology (SAA) is the largest organization of professional archaeologists of the Americas in the world. The Society was founded in 1934 and today has over 7000 members. The Society holds an annual conference and publishes the flagship journal of American archaeology, American Antiquity. The journal Latin American Antiquity is also published by the SAA. The SAA has also published an in-house journal, which has gone through several changes of name. The Bulletin of the Society for American Archaeology was replaced by the SAA Bulletin in 1990, which in turn was superseded by The SAA Archaeological Record in 2001.

The headquarters of the Society are in Washington, D.C..



The SAA supports a variety of professional and public activities, best summed up in their Mission Statement. They aim to:

  1. expand understanding and appreciation of humanity's past as achieved through systematic investigation of the archaeological record,
  2. promote research, stewardship of archaeological resources, public and professional education, and the dissemination of knowledge, and
  3. serve the public interest.

Annual Meeting Locations

The first annual meeting took place in December 1935 in Andover, Massachusetts, and has taken place every year since. Only one meeting, the 8th annual meeting of 1943, did not physically take place. According to the most recent annual meeting program book, "because of travel difficulties & other wartime restrictions, the 1943 Annual Meeting was conducted by mail"[1]. The table below shows the meeting locations and dates since the year 2000. The SAA's next annual meeting will take place April 14-18, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri.

Meeting Location Date
75th St. Louis, Missouri April 14-18, 2010
74th Atlanta, Georgia April 22-26, 2009
73rd Vancouver, British Columbia March 26-30, 2008
72nd Austin, Texas April 25-29, 2007
71st San Juan, Puerto Rico April 2006
70th Salt Lake City, Utah March-April 2005
69th Montreal, Quebec March-April 2004
68th Milwaukee, Wisconsin April 2003
67th Denver, Colorado March 2002
66th New Orleans, Louisiana April 2001
65th Philadelphia, Pennsylvania April 2000


The SAA is publishing several journals:


  1. ^ Society for American Archaeology (2008)


  • Program of the 73rd annual meeting, Society for American Archaeology, 2008

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