Societies and Institutes



The two main archaeological societies in the United States are the Society for American Archaeology and the Society for Historical Archaeology. While both societies maintain web sites, neither use the world wide web as a medium to publish research for a general audience.

The site for the Society for American Archaeology (SAA) is primarily of use to professionals. While set up to be of interest to the general public as well, there is very little actually there. The only pages really targeted for general consumption contains a brief description of archaeology and information on the organization. The Society for American Archaeology has a Committee for Public Education. The web site describes the goals of the committee but its efforts are through traditional means. Only a couple issues of Archaeology and Public Education have html versions available on the web site. However, these are text based. The newsletter is also geared primarily towards those eaching the public and not the public itself. There is also a html version of the society’s newsletter.

The web site of the Society for Historical Archaeology (SHA) is similarly organized. There is more at this site which is of interest for non-professionals. It includes a description of historical archaeology, organization information, and career information. The site also has a page for kids describing archaeology and what archaeologist do, but the page is completely textual. Like the SAA the SHA’s newsletter has an online version which may be of some interest to the public.

There are many state and regional archaeological societies which have web presentations. These web pages primary provide general information about the organization. They also usually have a link page. The links includes in these societies’ pages have a regional focus. However, they are far from comprehensive. The Society for California Archaeology and the Tennessee Archaeology website have pages dedicated to news stories about archaeology for their states. The Archaeological Society of South Carolina includes html versions of articles and reports. However, these are simply papers that have been converted to html, they do not take advantage of the graphic capabilities of the web.

A few web sites have small pages describing projects and archaeological sites that they are associated with. The South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology has short descriptions of many of their projects. They also have a nice presentation on the Hunley, which includes research results and has several images. The Wisconsin Underwater Archaeology Association has pages for Great Lake shipwrecks. These pages usually provide a short description with one image.


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