Welcome to the Society of Archaeological Sciences

About the Society

The Society for Archaeological Sciences (SAS) is a non-profit international association promoting research on and dissemination of scientific knowledge of our human past, studied through use of a wide range of analytical techniques on archaeological materials. SAS represents a distinguished group of scholars, students and professionals from many settings and organizations around the world and is committed to the stewardship of high ethical and technical standards in archaeological research.

Since 1977, SAS has been an international forum to discuss and present current applications and innovative techniques in archaeological research. Our quarterly newsletter, the Society for Archaeological Sciences Bulletin, contains short articles, professional meeting summaries, recent publications and book reviews. Check out our recent social media presence to stay up to date on Society events, upcoming meetings and recent research. SAS has a long tradition of endorsing the biennial International Symposium of Archaeometry (ISA), which has been hosted by several past SAS presidents. We also have formal relations with several leading journals sharing our common interest in using science and technology in archaeological research, including the Journal of Archaeological Science, Journal of Archaeological Science Reports, Archaeometry, and Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences. In partnership with other organizations, we promote archaeological science in modern day society. SAS especially supports students starting their careers in archaeological science. Every year, SAS acknowledges their potential by granting the R. E. Taylor Poster Awards during a professional meeting. SAS has also established financial support for student research on archaeological science and continues to expand these offers.

Please explore our webpage for more information on the SAS community and resources. Please see the Join SAS page to learn more about becoming a member of our international society, which provides many benefits at a relatively low cost. We thank those of you who have joined us in the past and continue as part of our quest to promote scientific approaches to archaeological research.

Contact us

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History of the Society

The SAS was founded in 1977 as part of a broad effort to get archaeological science to function more effectively by supporting communication among researchers and graduate student training. Read about the first 40 years of SAS in this essay by Rob Sternberg. 

Awards

The Society holds annual competitions for awards, including the Student Research International Travel Award, the R. E. Taylor Award for archaeometry posters, and the JAS Emerging Investigator Award. All archaeologists are warmly welcome to submit work for consideration! 

Support us

Did you know that SAS is a registered 501(c)(6) tax-exempt non-profit organization? You can help us in our mission by making a tax-deductible donation. A gift to SAS means that you directly support student scientists and outstanding young researchers to launch their careers.