AAA is committed to seeing that anthropological and archaeological research help protect, preserve, and interpret historical properties and cultural resources in the face of anticipated threats to change cultural heritage policies in the US and worldwide.
These are crucial issues for AAA and its members. Cultural heritage resources may be adversely affected by changes in existing antiquities protections and also by changes in energy, environmental protection, and tribal consultation policies. Concerted advocacy efforts are needed to fend off anticipated threats in these and related areas.
In 2017, AAA joined forces with the Society for Historical Archaeology, the American Cultural Resources Association, and the Society for American Archaeology to form the Coalition for American Heritage.
To protect and advance historic preservation, the Coalition is dedicated to safeguarding and ensuring the opportunity for local communities, state and tribal governments, and members of the general public to have a meaningful say in federal government undertakings that affect their heritage. The Coalition is also dedicated to helping protect and advance federal funding for archaeology, anthropology, architecture, and social sciences that supports rigorous scientific research about the past and programs that bring history and science alive for younger generations. The US funds basic research on new technologies, cutting-edge research in the humanities and social science, and collaborative cross-discipline innovations.
Visit the Coalition’s website today to learn more about the bills we are following in Congress and to take action.