December 2, 2011 – Archaeology supporters recently completed a month-long series of public educational activities designed to demonstrate the value of archaeological pursuits. The Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) and its societies organized archaeological programs and activities in over 100 cities during the month of October. Designed for a broad range of public participants, events -- such as lectures, tours, simulated digs -- were held at historic sites, museums, and institutes across the United States and Canada.
To launch the month's activities, U.S. Representative Michael Capuano of Massachusetts read a proclamation on the House floor designating October 22 as “National Archaeology Day.” Noting the contributions of the field, Capuano said archaeology "affords us a window into our development as a society and provides an opportunity for people of all ages to actively engage in learning about the history of their communities." The Archaeological Institute of America is a scholarly society headquartered at Boston University and comprised of over 235,000 members and 108 local societies. AIA was joined by the American Anthropological Association, the Society for American Archaeology, the Society for Historical Archaeology, and the American Schools of Oriental Research in collaborative outreach efforts online.