The Coalition for Archeological Synthesis (CfAS) operates under the organizational umbrella of the not-for-profit SRI Foundation. It consists of Partner organizations and individual Associates who support the goals and programs of the Coalition. CfAS is governed by a Board of Directors elected by the Partners that operate under bylaws established by the Council of Partners. The Board consists of officers (two Co-presidents, a Secretary and a Treasurer) and two directors from each category of Partner organizations (Professional Organizations, Cultural Heritage Firms, Academic Units, Non-governmental Organizations, and Archaeological Informatics Providers).
The Board of Directors:
· Oversees the work of CfAS; establishes priorities for CfAS projects and initiatives, and coordinates Partner participation in CfAS projects;
·Disseminates information on CfAS activities to CfAS Partners and Associates, including producing a newsletter, The Synthetic Report at least twice annually;
·Coordinates synthesis activities with the University of Colorado’s Center for Collaborative Synthesis in Archaeology (CCSA);
·Aids fund-raising for CfAS programs and operations;
·Sponsors synthesis working group research efforts and workshops as funding is available;
·Appoints the nominating committee that proposes slates of candidates for Officer and Board positions and establishes and appoints other committees and task forces to aid in accomplishing the Mission of CfAS; and
·Sets annual partner dues and manages the CfAS budget.
CfAS works closely with the newly established Center for Collaborative Synthesis in Archaeology, a center within the University of Colorado’s Institute of Behavioral Science. The collaboration of CfAS and CCSA is defined by a formal Memorandum of Understanding with the University.
The Center for Collaborative Synthesis in Archaeology (CCSA):
·Works to build community among researchers interested in pursuing synthetic research on long-term human social dynamics;
·Builds bridges between researchers working on the same problems in archaeology and in related fields
·Provides leadership and logistical support for collaborative archaeological research, including assisting in the preparation of grants proposals and administering grants that are developed by CfAS or joint CfAS-CCSA initiatives