Council of Allied Societies (CoAS)

The Council of Allied Societies (CoAS) was formed in 1989 for the mutual benefit of all avocational and professional archaeologists, for the advancement of archaeology, and in order to further the objectives of the Society for American Archaeology. The group's history can be found in Council of Affiliated Societies: Past, Present, and Future. CoAS is composed of representatives of allied units. The purposes of CoAS are to establish a forum for the exchange of information and to develop discussion and communication, both among the allied units and also between the allied units, the Council, and the Society for American Archaeology.

CoAS is composed of one representative and one alternate from each allied society. The CoAS Policies and Procedures document is linked below. CoAS generally meets during the annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology and sponsors the Annual Archaeology Month Poster Contest. Past winners of the contest are featured on the SAA website  after the meeting. 

Benefits of Joining CoAS

Allied societies receive:
  • The SAA Archaeological Record (the SAA news magazine) 
  • SAA annual meeting Preliminary Program
  • Government Affairs and International Governments Affairs Update  (Monthly archaeopolitical news updates from Washington DC and around the world delivered directly to your email inbox)
  • Digital copy of the CoAS Newsletter twice a year
  • SAA and CoAS notices and communications

To be eligible for an allied status, a regional, provincial, state, or local society must be an organized, incorporated group, open to the general public, and maintain legal recognition as a not-for-profit organization with bylaws, objectives, and programs that are consistent with those of SAA.

Click here to download the CoAS Application (pdf)
Please submit application and supporting documents electronically to SAA's Manager, Membership & Marketing, Carla Fernandez.
Annual Allied Dues are $35.00

Avocational Archaeologist Recognition

Crabtree Award
The SAA presents the Crabtree Award annually to an outstanding avocational archaeologist in remembrance of the singular contributions of Don Crabtree. Awardees have made significant contributions to advance understandings of local, regional, or national archaeology through excavation, research, publication, site or collections preservation, collaboration with the professional community, and/or public outreach. To learn about our current and past awardees as well as how to nominate someone, please visit our Crabtree Award page

Avocational Archaeology Resources

SAA maintains an Avocational Archaeology web page that CoAS members may find useful.  On that web page is information on proper site etiquette, that is, what to do and not to do when visiting a site, about not collecting artifacts, and about how to get involved in archaeology.  

 CoAS Leadership

 Steve Tomka 
 Vice Chair  
 Jaye Smith
 Andrew E. Gourd
 Newsletter Editor  
 Christopher Rowe

View the updated CoAS Policies and Procedures

Image 1: Kenneth Hladek of the Wyoming Archaeological Society, volunteers at the Hell Gap site in 2015 excavating two sets of bison cervical vertebrae. Photo courtesy of Marcel Kornfield.
Image 2: Rock Band members of the Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society record rock art at the Cocoraque Butte Complex.  Photo courtesy of George P. Hanson.
Image 3: Deidre Howard and Evan Sachse of the Archaeological Society of New Mexico, at Dig Giusewa. Photo courtesy of Ethan Ortega.
Image 4: Dawn Snuggerud of the Archaeological Society of New Mexico processes artifacts at Jemez Historic Site. Photo courtesy ofEthan Ortega.

The following organizations are current allied societies: