Our Mandate

The purposes of the Archaeological Society of Alberta (ASA) are:

To promote the regulations of the Alberta Historical Resources Act and to act as a liaison between the public and the Archaeological Survey, Royal Alberta Museum;

To encourage reporting of archaeological sites, and discourage excavation by individuals or groups without prior authorization from the Archaeological Survey;

To disseminate financial assistance for supervised excavation, surveys and mapping projects; and

To provide financial assistance for publishing archaeological reports and studies.

The Society has both non-profit and charitable status and comprises about 200 members, covering the province of Alberta. There are six Centres, which have their own elected officials. The Board consists of eight members: president, past president, secretary-treasurer, one representative of each Centre and the editor of the Archaeological Review, which is published twice a year. The Society holds an annual general meeting and conference each spring.

The Society was incorporated in 1975 when three Centres joined together to form the provincial body. Subsequently, four other Centres joined but one has since ceased to operate. The regional Centres (Strathcona, Bodo, Red Deer, Calgary, Lethbridge, and Southeastern) operate independently, holding regular monthly meetings throughout the year and field trips during the summer months. These trips involve visiting archaeological sites, mapping and surveying sites. The Centres also volunteer to participate in excavations throughout the province.

The ASA is supported by a grant from the Alberta Historical Resources Foundation and through the membership fees of our members.

All members of the ASA support the terms of the Alberta Historical Resources Act which provides protection to all archaeological and paleontological sites in Alberta.

The ASA has also supported the publication of several books and papers, and puts out a biannual report called The Alberta Archaeological Review.

Our Bylaws

The purposes of the Archaeological Society of Alberta (ASA) are:

To promote the regulations of the Alberta Historical Resources Act and to act as a liaison between the public and the Archaeological Survey;

To encourage reporting of archaeological sites;

To disseminate financial assistance for authorized excavations, surveys and mapping projects;

To provide assistance for publishing reports and studies.