Society of the archaeological institute of america

Cleveland Archaeological Society



The mission of the Cleveland Archaeological Society is to promote the understanding and appreciation of archaeology, to facilitate the expansion of community involvement in archaeology, to foster the development and education of future archaeologists, to enhance awareness and respect of the past, and to advocate protection of our archaeological heritage.

We are a society of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) and have an annual series of seven speakers, all of whom are currently engaged in research and/or excavations. Normally, all lectures are held on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Murch Auditorium of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. However, because of renovations, some lectures of the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 seasons will be held at the Cleveland Museum of Art at different times and days. Please check the lecture series page carefully.


Internship Program

The summer of 2019 will mark the nineteenth year that the Society has sponsored a Summer Internship Program for a student in archaeology. This program, which is conducted in cooperation with the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, gives a student studying archaeology or a related field practical experience in field and laboratory work.



President: Phil Wanyerka
Vice President: Paul Iversen
Treasurer: Ms. Bonnie Baker
Assistant Treasurer: David Richardson
Secretary: Mark Hammond

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Local and National Membership

Becoming a “Friend” of the local Society ($25 individual, $30 family) helps CAS add additional speakers, make videos of the lectures for the use of the local schools and libraries, defray costs of our monthly newsletter, etc. While our meetings are always free and open to the public, and membership is not necessary to come to the meetings, we welcome and need your support. All amounts are tax deductible. Becoming a member of AIA or a Friend of the Society will keep you on our mailing list for reminders of the upcoming lectures as well as notices of any other programs of archaeological interest of which we are aware. AIA provides each local society with three speakers each year at no expense, publishes Archaeology magazine, The American Journal of Archaeology and other scholarly publications, organizes and supports archaeological research, etc. Basic membership in the AIA including a subscription to Archaeology magazine is $70 ($40 for student, K-12 educators and military personnel). We urge everyone interested in archaeology to become members of AIA.