Mission: Fostering synthesis in archaeology to expand knowledge and benefit society.
Vision: Expanding knowledge of the past to shape a more secure and just future.
The Coalition for Archaeological Synthesis (CfAS) promotes and funds innovative, collaborative synthetic research that rapidly advances our understanding of the past in ways that contribute to solutions to contemporary problems, for the benefit of society in all its diversity. This is accomplished through the analysis and synthesis of existing archaeological and associated data from multiple cultures, at multiple spatial and temporal scales.
Society for American Archaeology and European Association of Archaeologists Sponsored Design Workshop: Human Migration as Understood from a Long-Term Perspective
Human migration is much in the news. Often, the public debate is loud and divisive, striking at core issues of global economics, national politics, and social relations. While much of the debate is ill informed, there is a substantial amount of good research on the various issues related to migration. Almost all of this research is focused on contemporary migration, with very little use of historical data older than a few generations. Migration, however, has been central to human existence since the dawn of humanity. The social processes involved in migration can unfold over hundreds, if not thousands, of years. Understanding these processes is central to designing successful policies on migration. Archaeology is key to this understanding.
In 2019, the Society for American Archaeology and the European Association of Archaeologists co-sponsored a CfAS design workshop on human migration as understood from a long-term perspective. The workshop brought together 15 participants from seven countries, with experience from six continents. The workshop led to the development of three proposed projects, which CfAS will move toward implementation in 2020. The workshop is detailed in a report presented in theCfAS Fall 2019 newsletter.