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The Society for the American Journal of Archaeology

  • My first encounter with the AJA was as an undergraduate, and I immediately thought of field archaeology as a career. Instead, I have stewarded the archaeological collection and archives of the Yale-French excavations at Dura-Europos. As a curator, I rely on the AJA for authoritative information and measured interpretation across a broad range of current scholarship. As a member of the Society for the AJA, I gladly support this vital publication and its future.

    Susan B. Matheson
    The Molly and Walter Bareiss Curator of Ancient Art
    Yale University Art Gallery
    Lecturer, Departments of Classics and the History of Art
    Yale University

  • Throughout my career, the AJA has played a major role in my understanding of Mediterranean and Near Eastern archaeology. The scholarship is top-notch—sophisticated, deep, important, and innovative. To study its pages is to see the history of the field and to encounter its central topics, methods, theories, and debates. I am pleased to support the journal, which remains a leading forum for archaeological research among a global community of scholars.

    Josephine Shaya
    Associate Professor, Departments of Classical Studies and Archaeology
    The College of Wooster
    Wooster, Ohio

  • Among the more respected archaeological journals in the world, the AJA is known for the range of its articles and reviews, and its disciplinary scope. Clear presentation of evidence, accuracy, and reasoned argument are all hallmarks of this preeminent international journal. I am pleased to have been able to support it for many years, and I urge others to do likewise.

    John Pedley
    Professor Emeritus of Classical Archaeology and Greek
    College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
    University of Michigan


  • The American Journal of Archaeology is quite simply the leading archaeological journal in the English-speaking world. No other publication in Old World archaeology, material culture, and the history of ancient art comes close. Its high peer-review, editing, and production standards, range, and top-quality articles and book reviews are both exemplary and literally peerless. To keep up, one reads the AJA. It's that simple.

    Andrew Stewart
    Chancellor's Professor and Professor of the Graduate School
    Curator of Mediterranean Archaeology
    Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology
    Departments of History of Art and Classics
    University of California Berkeley

  • As a volunteer archaeologist, I read the American Journal of Archaeology to learn more about how archaeologists define the questions they want to answer and the methods they use to address them. The AJA is a trusted source of information about changes that are occurring in the practice of archaeology, including greater reliance on interdisciplinary approaches to interpreting finds. The exhibit reviews look critically at how museums can best engage with the public to broaden understanding of, and support for, archaeology’s contributions to our world.

    Richard D. Cummins

  • Whether you read it online or in print, the American Journal of Archaeology is an essential item for the archaeologist’s toolkit. I began subscribing as an undergraduate and still look forward to every new issue; it keeps me au courant with important and timely research. Being a member of the Society for the AJA is a small payback for decades of stimulating reading.

    Jenifer Neils
    Director, American School of Classical Studies at Athens

  • As a life member of the Archaeological Institute of America I am pleased to support our publishing efforts by also being a member of the Society for the American Journal of Archaeology. It has been an honor for my research colleagues and me to disseminate the work of the Pompeii Forum Project through the pages of the AJA.

    Prof. John Dobbins
    Richard A. & Sara Page Mayo NEH Distinguished Teaching Professor
    McIntire Department of Art
    University of Virginia, Charlottesville

  • The AJA has been a staple of my scholarly life since graduate school. Its articles and reviews epitomize professional standards of scholarship and fieldwork, setting a high bar for scholars worldwide. I am proud to be a member of the Society for the American Journal of Archaeology and, through the Society, to help in a small way to ensure the journal’s publication well into the future.

    Prof. Elaine Gazda
    Department of the History of Art
    University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

  • I first subscribed to the AJA almost 30 years ago. It was at the time the flagship journal of Mediterranean and Near Eastern archaeology; it still is. The impact of the journal has been immense, and as an author, reviewer, and a member of the Society for the AJA, I feel privileged to have been a small part of its continued success.

    Prof. John K. Papadopoulos
    Department of Classics
    University of California, Los Angeles

  • I have used the AJA to start my publishing career, to mark significant turning points in my early development as a scholar, and, as a senior scholar, to support young and developing scholars as they make their opinions of cutting-edge scholarship known.

    Prof. John Younger
    The University of Kansas
    AIA Vice President for Publications 2011–2013
    AJA Book Review Editor 1996–2008

  • The ultimate goal of archaeology is not digging up ancient remains but making that material accessible to others through publication in journals such as the AJA. I am a member of the Society for the AJA because I consider it to be the premier journal for the fields of classical and Mediterranean archaeology.

    Prof. Jodi Magness
    The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    AIA President

  • I am proud that, as a member of the Society for the AJA, I have been able to help our journal in becoming what it is today—one of the most distinguished archaeological journals in the world. It is indeed difficult to imagine the field of Mediterranean and Near Eastern archaeology without it.

    Prof. Jack L. Davis
    Carl W. Blegen Professor of Greek Archaeology
    University of Cincinnati

When you support the AJA, you become a member of the Society for the American Journal of Archaeology.

The Society was founded in 1989 to expand the size and scope of the Archaeological Institute of America’s official journal, to make possible its timely publication, and to ensure its future financial health. Contributions from Society members have helped underwrite the AJA’s entry into digital publishing, allowing for the creation and maintenance of the AJA website, the availability of an electronic subscription option, and the launch of AJA Open Access.

Whether from loyal individuals or from storied institutions, all investments in the Society for the AJA sustain the AJA. Please help us continue to improve our steadfast commitment to excellence.

Tax-deductible contributions to the Society are welcome in any amount. Contributors of $100 or more are listed for the fiscal year on the inside back cover of the AJA and are noted below.

Go to the Society for the American Journal of Archaeology Donation Page

You may also download the The Society for the American Journal of Archaeology Donation Form (PDF) and mail to:

The Society for the American Journal of Archaeology
Archaeological Institute of America
44 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108-3614

Credit card gifts are also accepted by telephone. Planned gifts such as bequests or annuities that benefit the AJA are also welcome. Please call 857-305-9357 for details.

To read more about the Society for the American Journal of Archaeology, see F.S. Kleiner, "The Society for the American Journal of Archaeology," AJA 94 (1990) 1–2,  “The Society for the American Journal of Archaeology, 1989–1994,” AJA 99 (1995) 1, and “Sine qua non,” AJA 102 (1998) 651.

Current Contributors

Category designations represent contributions given during the 2023 fiscal year, 1 July 2022 through 30 June 2023.
* Contributors who have given 10 or more gifts to the Society.


Malcolm H.Wiener


The New York Community Trust*
Wolfgang Demmel


John K. Papadopoulos and Sarah P. Morris*


Lucinda D. Conger*
Elaine K. Gazda*
Jerome Godinich, Jr.*
Antonis Kotsonas
John Pedley*
Robert W. Seibert*


Richard D. Cummins
John J. Dobbins*
Susan B. Matheson
Robert Schon and Emma Blake
Mary C. Sturgeon*


George F. Ames
Jane Biers*
Frederick M. Lauritsen*
Mary C. McCarthy
Robert J. Rushforth
Alan Shapiro*