Council of Allied Societies (CoAS)

The Council of Allied Societies (CoAS) was formed in 1989 for the mutual benefit of professional archaeologists and avocationals, for the advancement of archaeology, and in order to further the objectives of the Society for American Archaeology. CoAS is comprised of state and regional non-profit Avocational and public focused-based Archaeology Societies and an elected CoAS Leadership Team. CoAS seeks to serve as a forum for the exchange of information between its member societies and as a channel of communication with the professional community members of the Society for American Archaeology.

CoAS Allied Society members will assign representatives (one primary and one alternate) to represent their interests on the Council (please review CoAS Policies and Procedures.) The Council conducts its annual business meeting during the Society of American Archaeology’s Annual Meeting and sponsors the annual SAA Archaeology Month Poster Contest in conjunction with the SAA Public Education Committee. 

Benefits of CoAS  membership:

  • The SAA Archaeological Record (the SAA news magazine; delivered in print and/or digital format.)

  • SAA Annual Meeting Preliminary Program (delivered in print and/or digital format.)

  • SAA Governments Affairs Update (timely emails from SAA Government Affairs including news and updates on archaeo-political issues affecting archaeology in the US and abroad.)

  • Digital CoAS Newsletter 

  • Notices and communications from SAA and CoAS Leadership Team 

  • Access to CoAS e-Community (hosted by SAA) – a centralized bulletin board for activities, speakers, and events for the mutual benefit of CoAS and SAA members

  • Exclusive Facebook Group page 

To be eligible for membership in CoAS, the applying Society must be an incorporated organization/group that is open to the general public. The Society must retain, during the membership period, 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.    To join, please send the completed application, along with the annual membership fee of $35.00 to: 


Carla Fernandez
SAA/Council of Allied Societies
1990 K St NW, Suite 401
Washington, DC 20006

If paying by credit card or for other questions, please contact Carla at [email protected]

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 the SAA Crabtree Award page.

CoAS Leadership Team
Chair:  Steve Tomka  [email protected] 

Vice Chair:  Jaye Smith [email protected]

Secretary:  Andrew E. Gourd [email protected]

Newsletter Editor:  Belinda Riehl-Fitzsimmons [email protected]


CoAS 2021 Allied Society Newsletter and Publications Links Directory



Image 1: Excavations at the 2019 Arkansas Archeological Society/Survey Training Program. Photo by Marilyn Knapp.
Image 2: VAS members conducting a rescue archaeology operation in Monkton, VT.
Image 3: 2020 and 2021 SAA Crabtree Avocational Award Winners Marilyn Markel and Lonnie Ludeman. Photo by J.Smith 

The following organizations are current allied societies: