Archaeological Institute of America Central Florida Society

Who We Are

The Central Florida Society (also known by the acronyms AIA CFS and CFS AIA) is your local chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA), an organization dedicated to the encouragement and support of archaeological research and publication and to the protection of the world’s cultural heritage for more than a century. A non-profit cultural and educational organization chartered by the U.S. Congress, it is the oldest and largest archaeological organization in North America, with more than 11,000 members around the world. Members of the Institute have conducted fieldwork in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North and South America. The AIA has further promoted archaeological studies by founding research centers and schools in seven countries and maintains close relations with these institutions, including the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, the School of Classical Studies at the American Academy in Rome, and others. AIA publications include our professional journal, the American Journal of Archaeology, the widely acclaimed and popular Archaeology, and our new, award winning, children’s magazine, Archaeology’s Dig. The AIA’s Archaeology Magazine is now available on the Web. Institute headquarters is located at Boston University.

AIA local societies are the backbone of our organization. Located across the continental United States, Hawaii, and Canada, and abroad (Athens and Iberia), societies are run by and for their own AIA members, giving individual members the satisfaction of being involved in the AIA on both the national and local level.

AIA Headquarters sponsors national lectures annually for each society. But the heart of every AIA Society is its locally planned programs–field trips, local tours, symposia, film festivals, and study groups–as well as additional lectures organized by each society. Members of societies enjoy a full program of activities throughout the year that serves to foster and enhance their interest in archaeology.


If you would like to become a member, please contact the main office of the AIA for membership information:

Archaeological Institute of America
656 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02215-2010
tel: (617) 353-9361
fax: (617) 353-6550 email: aia@bu.edu