Excavate – Educate – Advocate

The Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) promotes archaeological inquiry and public understanding of the material record of the human past to foster an appreciation of diverse cultures and our shared humanity.  The AIA supports archaeologists, their research and its dissemination, and the ethical practice of archaeology.  The AIA educates people of all ages about the significance of archaeological discovery and advocates the preservation of the world’s archaeological heritage. Watch “It’s What We Do” to learn more.

Richmond Society

Chartered in 1912, the Richmond, VA Society of the AIA aims to share archaeological knowledge with our community and raise awareness of the importance of cultural heritage preservation, worldwide as well as right here in Richmond. We also seek to bring together community members who share interests in archaeology, history, and past cultures.


Our regular lectures are free and open to the public and are usually scheduled on the second Thursday of October, November, February, March, and April, at 6 pm. A full schedule for each academic year is listed here. Unless otherwise noted, all lectures are held in Jepson Hall, Room 118, on the campus of the University of Richmond. For directions and parking information, click here. Jepson Hall is #221 on the campus map. Visitor parking is available after 5 pm in all lots. For Google Map or GPS directions, use 221 Richmond Way, Richmond, VA 23173. (37.578540, -77.537278).

Current Officers

President – Michael Phillips

Vice President – Elizabeth Baughan

Program Coordinator – Art Cassanos

Treasurer – Burks Echols

For more information, contact richmondsocietyaia@gmail.com.