CfAS is composed of established private and public organizations that provide essential scholarly, computational, educational, and public outreach infrastructure for archaeology.

Current CfAS partners include academic departments and units, cultural heritage and cultural resource management companies, computational service providers, professional societies and organizations, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations

Coalition Partners


Aarhus University, Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies (Denmark)

The Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies at Aarhus University (Denmark) provides a dynamic cross-disciplinary environment for research and teaching. We are particularly interested in issues of synthesis and cross-sectorial work as well as data curation, sharing and analysis in connection with both research and public participatory work.


Alpine Archaeological Consultants, Inc.

Alpine Archaeological Consultants, Inc. is a respected, full-service archaeological consulting firm established in December 1987. Our mission is to help clients implement their projects through compliance with historic preservation laws while contributing valuable information to the public and archaeological knowledge base.


American Anthropological Association Archaeology Division (AAA-AD)

The Archaeology Division of the AAA was founded to advance the study of archaeology as an aspect of anthropology, to provide a forum for members to discuss issues central to the development of archaeology, and to foster the communication of archaeological research to anthropologists, other scholars, and the general public.


American Cultural Resources Association (ACRA)

ACRA is the national trade association supporting and promoting the common interests of cultural resource management (CRM) firms of all sizes, types and specialties. Our vision is for a robust and thriving CRM industry delivering responsible solutions that balance development and preservation, including promoting collaborative synthetic research.


Amerind Foundation

The Amerind Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit museum, art gallery, and research center that seeks to foster and promote knowledge and understanding of the Native Peoples of the Americas through research, education, and conservation. Amerind is supporting CfAS by hosting synthesis working groups and promoting the use of Amerind’s collections, library holdings, and archives for research on archaeological synthesis.


Archaeological Institute of America (AIA)

The Archaeological Institute of America (AIA), supports archaeological research and the ethical professional practice of archaeology. Our programs and publications present ideas and research from a variety of archaeological disciplines and scholars to create an archaeologically informed public and to represent the discipline to the wider world.


Archaeology Data Service (ADS; U. of York)

The ADS is the only accredited digital repository for heritage data in the UK. It has over 20 years of experience safeguarding digital data and ensuring its accessibility for re-use. It publishes Internet Archaeology, an on-line peer-reviewed journal, which allows readers to seamlessly drill down from synthesis to underlying data.


Archaeology Southwest

For three decades, Archaeology Southwest has practiced a holistic, conservation-based approach to exploring the places of the past. We call this Preservation Archaeology. Building regional databases, revisiting existing museum collections, exploring big-picture research questions are all ways that Archaeology Southwest supports synthesis. We also share archaeological information broadly.



ArchaeologyHub-CSIC is a new network of archeology in the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). Currently, ArchaeologyHub.CSIC consists of 20 research institutes, 41 research groups and over 200 people. This includes archaeologists, but also many other profiles that complement a rich environment and large capacities. The objective of the HUB is to strengthen collaboration between research institutes through different actions designed to promote the exchange of knowledge and a better use of available infrastructures. Other objectives include achieving a greater internationalization of the Archeology from our institution and its research groups. This is why ArchaeologyHub-CSIC will help to connect CfAS to our members and viceversa to advance in our common goals.


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The ARIADNE Research Infrastructure (RI) is the evolution of the EU-funded ARIADNE data infrastructure projects. It is a not-for-the-profit association (AISBL) established according to Belgian law, operating worldwide. Currently led by PIN (Italy) and ADS (UK), it has 32 research institutions as members, cooperating to integrate archaeological datasets and make them findable, accessible, interoperable and re-usable via its catalogue and its powerful semantic search engine. The ARIADNE RI supports archaeological synthesis by enabling researchers to distillate relevant information from archaeological digital data.


Arizona National Guard (AZNG)

The Arizona Army National Guard (AZNG) manages diverse resources and landscapes on 32 facilities and installations located throughout Arizona. AZNG is committed to collaborative development of integrated data collection and management systems supporting the reuse, synthesis, and modeling of cultural and environmental data across agency and jurisdictional boundaries.


Arizona State University Center for Archaeology and Society

Arizona State University’s Center for Archaeology and Society addresses enduring issues in the present using archaeology’s unique access to solutions developed by ancient Southwestern cultures. The Center has an active research program, manages extensive archaeological collections, and offers public exhibits at its Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve and on-campus Innovation Gallery.


Arkansas Archeological Survey

The Arkansas Archeological Survey is responsible for conducting and promoting archeological research in Arkansas; promoting stewardship of and education about Arkansas’ rich and diverse archeological heritage; recording, documenting and appropriately disseminating information on sites, objects, tangible and intangible cultural heritage and past archeological projects; and collaborating with a range of formal and informal partners and stakeholders to preserve the past for the future.




ArkeoTopia is a membership-based, not for profit association founded in 2007. Open to all, professionals as well as non-professionals in archaeology will find support and place to produce results, popularize archaeological research and to champion it. ArkeoTopia is divided into 5 main themes: popularizing, teaching, championing, researching and supporting archaeology.


Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA)

CIfA is the leading professional body representing archaeologists working in the UK and overseas. We promote high professional standards and strong ethics in archaeological practice, to maximise the benefits that archaeologists bring to society. We will work with CfAS to encourage innovation, and link to CIfA professionals and registered organisations.


Cultural Heritage Partners, PLLC

Cultural Heritage Partners is a government affairs, strategy, and law firm focused on the intersections between development and preservation. We are pleased to support advocacy to develop and increase funding for archaeological synthesis and for conveying the public value of archaeology and CRM.


Cultural Resource Analysts, Inc.

Cultural Resource Analysts, Inc.’s (CRA) mission is to meet the client’s needs in the delivery of appropriate, high-quality, cost-effective consulting services in the study of archaeology and the historic built environment. CRA’s accomplishments are directly attributable to our core values: excellent service, respecting all people, building strong relationships, honesty, integrity, supporting our employees, and entrepreneurial spirit.


Department of Defense (DoD) Cultural Resources Program

As stewards of the Nation’s largest inventory of federally managed historic properties, DoD strives to maintain, promote, and interpret the cultural resources it manages, both to support the defense mission and to preserve the country’s military heritage for future generations.


Desert Archaeology, Inc.

Having conducted over 2,500 projects in 35 years in the cultural resource management business, and with 25 years of that work in a relational database, Desert Archaeology sees every new project as a chance to build knowledge about the past. Archaeological synthesis is at the heart of the way we work.


École Doctorale : Société, Communication, Art, Lettres et Langues (SCALL) / Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny en Côte d’Ivoire

The Doctoral School Societies, Communication, Arts, Letters and Languages (SCALL) is one of the four (04) Doctoral Schools of the University Félix Houphouët-Boigny (UFHB). It intervenes in the fields of Human and Social Sciences and is housed at the Scientific Pole of Bingerville in the suburbs of Abidjan. SCALL brings together, at the current stage of its evolution, eight (08) Research Units including PAMELCHID (HERITAGE, ARCHEOLOGY, MEMORY, LITERATURE, CULTURE, HISTORY AND IDENTITIES) which addresses archaeology, history, literature, heritage and anthropology.


European Association of Archaeologists (EAA)

The European Association of Archaeologists is a membership-based, not for profit association founded in 1993. EAA is open to all archaeologists and other related or interested individuals or bodies. The EAA organizes annual conferences, publishes The European Journal of Archaeology, THEMES in Contemporary Archaeology monograph series, and releases a newsletter.

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Far Western Anthropological Research Group

Since 1979, Far Western has worked in partnership with private industry, government agencies, tribal organizations, and non-profits to achieve the broader goals of environmental review and compliance through rigorous scientific archaeological research. Today, we are recognized as one of the leading cultural resources consulting firms in the United States.


Heidelberg Academy of Sciences & Humanities, The Role of Culture in Early Expansions of Humans (ROCEEH)

The Role of Culture in Early Expansions of Humans is a 20-year project sponsored by the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities. ROCEEH synthesizes archaeological, paleoanthropological and paleoenvironmental data from Africa and Eurasia dating between three million and 20,000 years in the web-based ROCEEH Out of Africa Database (ROAD):


Human Relations Area Files (HRAF)

The Human Relations Area Files (HRAF) aims to promote understanding of cultural diversity and commonality in the past and present. To this end, HRAF produces scholarly resources (eHRAF Archaeology and eHRAF World Cultures) for research and teaching and encourages original research employing data from both archaeology and ethnography.


Institute for Field Research (IFR)

The Institute for Field Research (IFR) support archaeological research through field schools. By working with leading scholars from universities around the world, the IFR delivers a broad range of regional and temporal programs while ensuring excellence in research and teaching through a rigorous peer-review process.


Integrated History and Future of People on Earth (IHOPE)

The Integrated History and Future of People on Earth (IHOPE) is a global network shaped largely by archaeologists. IHOPE’s research design combines historical ecology, the environmental humanities, and community involvement with a future perspective. IHOPE facilitates pragmatic, sustainable, and ethical management strategies and enhances regional expertise to manage the future.


International Council for Archaeozoology (ICAZ)

ICAZ aims to do four things: to develop and stimulate archaeozoological research, strengthen cooperation among archaeozoologists, foster cooperation with archaeologists and scientists working in related fields, and promote ethical and scientific standards for archaeozoological research. We possess rich data bases that can help address big picture questions in archaeology.


International Scientific Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management (ICAHM)

The International Scientific Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management (ICAHM) advises ICOMOS and the World Heritage Committee on matters that pertain to all aspects of the management of archaeological sites and landscapes. These include formulating and propagating standards and best practices for both archaeological research and cultural resource management.



The IsoArcH database is an open access and collaborative isotope repository for bioarcheological samples from all time periods and all around the world. The database is supported by the IsoArcH association which focuses on the study of human groups, their activities, their cultures, and their environment through biogeochemical analyses.


Istanbul Technical University Eurasia Institute of Earth Sciences Department of Ecology and Evolution

We focus on interdisciplinary research focusing on the complex and dynamic relationships between socio-ecological systems. We have the potential to support CfAS by providing extensive data on the past socio-ecological dynamics in the Near East while engaging research with emphasis on the future of the region.


Landward Research Ltd

Landward Research is recognized internationally as being the leading provider of heritage labor market intelligence. We care about data, and we care about ethical data management frameworks. We want to get the most out of data, and we want to make sure everyone understands and shares data ethics principles.


Macquarie University Centre for Ancient Cultural Heritage and Environment (CACHE; Sydney)

CACHE promotes transdisciplinary research, especially that combining HASS and STEM methods, to investigate the ancient past and ask what we can learn from it. Current themes include: humans in the their ancient urban and natural environments, ancient models of leadership, and receptions of ancient cultural heritage.


Network for Computational Modeling in Social and Ecological Sciences (CoMSES Net)

The Network for Computational Modeling in Social and Ecological Sciences is an open community committed to improving the ways scientists develop, share and use computational models for the study of social and ecological systems. Archaeologists can freely access and publish model code in the Computational Model Library, a digital repository.


New York University Wilf Family Department of Politics

The Wilf Family Department of Politics at New York University is a thriving intellectual community devoted to the systematic analysis of political phenomena. The Department has almost 40 faculty spanning the frontiers of research in the field of Political Science. We serve over 650 students enrolled in our two undergraduate majors (Politics and International Relations), making us one of the largest undergraduate programs in the College of Arts and Science. Our graduate program produces outstanding scholars who go on to prestigious academic and private sector careers. Our goal is to create an inclusive and diverse community that excels in advancing our understanding of politics, through both pathbreaking research and instruction.


North Atlantic Biocultural Organization (NABO)

NABO was founded 30 years ago to attempt to cross-cut national and disciplinary boundaries and to help North Atlantic scholars make the most of the immense research potential of our damp and lovely research area. NABO has worked to aid in improving basic data comparability, in assisting practical fieldwork and interdisciplinary ventures, in promoting student training, and in better communicating our findings to other scholars, funding agencies, and the general public.

New NABO website

We have been developing a completely new NABO website which is currently undergoing testing and will be available soon. This modern, responsive interactive website will provide much more information about the activities of the NABO community for fellow researchers and everyone who is interested in this fascinating part of the world. Once testing is completed, the new site will simply replace the current webpages at this address [November 2023].


Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research (NIKU)

We are surrounded by archaeological heritage every day. NIKU is an independent foundation, with a multi-disciplinary approach to heritage and research. NIKU has carried out more than 1000 archaeological excavations. Our research focuses on heritage democracy and a future where heritage, development, plurality, and sustainability work hand in hand.


OCHRE Data Service

Archaeology and philology meet technology in the innovative and comprehensive Online Cultural and Historical Research Environment (OCHRE). This suitably generic yet easily customizable platform allows scholars to capture, integrate, analyze, publish, and preserve all of their research data—descriptive, scientific, semi-structured, geo-spatial—in a secure and collaborative online setting.


Open Context

Open Context is a publishing service of the non-profit Alexandria Archive Institute. Archiving research data, while necessary, is often not sufficient to promote understanding. Data may need cleanup, review, documentation and revision to be widely usable. Open Context provides services to publish and archive data for broader reuse and understanding.


PaleoWest Archaeology

PaleoWest Archaeology is a coast-to-coast firm of archaeologists and cultural-resource professionals in related disciplines. The firm is committed to solution-focused compliance, sound scientific research, and the principles of synthesis in archaeology promoted by the CfAS.


Register of Professional Archaeologists (RPA)

The Register of Professional Archaeologists is committed to supporting ethical archaeological practice. The mission of the Coalition for Archaeological Synthesis is consistent with the Register’s Code of Conduct and our Standards of Exceptional Research Performance.


Santa Fe Institute (SFI)

The Santa Fe Institute is an independent, nonprofit research and education center that leads global research in complexity science. SFI scientists seek the shared regularities and principles across complex physical, biological, social and technological systems. A number of projects involving archaeological synthesis have been conducted at SFI.


School for Advanced Research (SAR)

Since its founding in 1907, the School for Advanced Research has supported archaeological research and hosted advanced seminars that have strongly influenced the interpretation of archaeological evidence from the Southwest, Latin America, and elsewhere. We continue this venerable tradition by offering CfAS projects a venue for the fruitful exchange of ideas.


Society for American Archaeology (SAA)

The Society for American Archaeology (SAA) is an international organization dedicated to research, interpretation, and protection of archaeological heritage in the Americas. SAA promotes collaborative and interdisciplinary scholarship through its annual conference, publications, and scholarships. SAA is committed to sharing and using archaeological data to advance science and benefit contemporary society.


Society for Historical Archaeology (SHA)

The Society for Historical Archaeology [an educational not-for-profit organization] advocates for a global perspective in the study and protection of historical and underwater cultural resources by educating the public and policy makers and providing a valued resource for knowledge exchange, professional development, and the maintenance of high ethical standards.


SRI Foundation

The SRI Foundation is a non-profit organization that seeks to enrich society by fostering heritage preservation. This mission is accomplished by providing historic preservation expertise nationwide, training professionals, and engaging the public. The Foundation is supporting CfAS by serving as the interim home for the National Center for Archaeological Synthesis.


Statistical Research, Inc.

Statistical Research, Inc. is a comprehensive cultural resource management firm with offices throughout the western United States. Established in 1983 with a mission to be a vehicle for interesting and innovative research on the human condition, SRI has been a leader in fostering synthetic archaeological research with CRM data.


The Digital Archaeological Record, Arizona State University Center for Digital Antiquity (tDAR)

The Center for Digital Antiquity maintains tDAR (the Digital Archaeological Record), a digital repository for data about archaeology and cultural heritage. These data can be aggregated as part of synthesis investigations exploring, analyzing, and interpreting broader behavioral, chronological, and spatial topics. Digital Antiquity promotes the deposit of synthetic studies’ results and background data in tDAR where they can be accessed by researchers and the general public.


The Field Museum

The Field Museum supports archaeological syntheses both through the collaborative and comparative research of our curators as well as through access to the institutions collections, which foster synthesis and dialouge. Gary Feinman, William Parkinson, and Ryan Williams all actively engaged in comparative archaeological projects.


UC Santa Cruz Archaeological Research Center

Archaeology has assumed a central role in a range of academic and popular narratives about the human past and its possible futures. Today, archaeologists collaborate with a range of scholars based in cultural anthropology, history, art history, ecology, genetics, and earth sciences to produce truly interdisciplinary findings relevant to wider debates over the social and environmental trajectories of humans. Founded in 2014, the UC Santa Cruz Archaeological Research Center bring these narratives into inter-disciplinary dialogue with one another, advancing a 21st century archaeology that situates a scientific and historically grounded archaeology within a context of community engagement and public outreach.

The Archaeology Research Center (ARC) at UC Santa Cruz serves as a center for interdisciplinary archaeological research on the UC Santa Cruz Campus, and a crucial link between UCSC and the broader local community. The centers core themes recognize the intricate relationships between the practice of science, its utility for exploring the diversity of the human experience, and engaging with and respecting the communities and publics whom we serve. Faculty strengths in archaeological research overlap substantially across the divisions, and we identify four core themes that define ARC activities and objectives.

Culture and History

Archaeology uses the material evidence of human activities to understand past human lives. Many scholars across the disciplines have become interested in material culture as a window onto cultural production. Archaeologists differ in juxtaposing evidence from artifacts, biological remains, settlement patterns, and many other sources to construct narratives about how cultures and societies came into being. This engagement begins with fieldwork, and includes a host of analytic techniques to produce the data upon which narratives of human history rest. Archaeologists at UC Santa Cruz focus on past people’s interactions with one another at the local, regional, and global levels, illuminating the complex ways in which culture histories unfolded around the world in relation to a wide range of historical, environmental, and cultural forces.

Archaeological Sciences

For two centuries, archaeology and the physical and biological sciences have shared many research goals and methods, producing significant collaborative contributions to our understanding of the human past. However, over the last thirty years, US disinvestment in archaeological sciences has placed the field on shaky footing. Some have published on the catastrophic consequences of this trend for the future of the discipline in the US, calling for more direct investment in archaeological science. Despite these dire predictions, over this same period, advances in stable isotope analysis, genomic sequencing, and many other fields, have fundamentally transformed our ability to ask fine-grained questions about how people lived in the past. UC Santa Cruz faculty members are at the forefront of scientific analysis in archaeology, and have modeled effective collaborative research and training across the disciplines.

Digital Archaeology

The past decade has witnessed a surge in the availability and use of digital technologies across the disciplines. This is particularly true in Archaeology, where the increasing power and declining cost of computing technology has transformed the way we think about collecting, analyzing, and presenting archaeological data. Advances in Global Positioning Systems, Geographic Information Systems, and three-dimensional modeling are providing new answers to old questions, and in fact changing the nature of the questions themselves. Faculty and staff across campus are actively engaged in the utilization of digital technologies that are directly or indirectly applied to archaeological data. UC Santa Cruz is thus poised to take a lead in the growing field of Digital Archaeology, building bridges across campus divisions, and with institutions in the Silicon Valley.

Cultural Heritage Stewardship

The UCSC campus has emerged as a global leader in environmental conservation and stewardship, and a commitment to thinking critically about cultural heritage stewardship is similarly taking root. The ARC serves as a space for the productive and necessary dialogue between archaeologists, descendant communities, government agencies, and those in the broader public interested in and connected to the work of ARC members. UCSC faculty members place a high premium on public outreach and education to communicate the importance of archaeological heritage to the broader public. Similarly, the ARC is strongly committed to collaborating with stakeholder communities, not only as a matter of ethics and law, but also because we believe it results in a more comprehensive and community-relevant archaeological practice.


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Un Monde Pour Tous

The purpose of Un Monde Pour Tous is to provide assistance at all levels to refugee and immigrant populations and their descendants; help to solve problems of statelessness, problems of integration and those related to social cohesion; work for sustainable peace and development; provide aid and assistance to deprived populations; and build effective leadership of women and young people to ensure their autonomy and development.


University of Arizona School of Anthropology

The School of Anthropology at the University of Arizona houses an internationally recognized program in archaeology with students and faculty conducting field and laboratory work around the globe. Synthesis is part of every aspect of what we do from research, to teaching, to outreach.


University of Buffalo Institute for European and Mediterranean Archaeology (IEMA)

The Institute for European and Mediterranean Archaeology (IEMA) is a premier research center at the University of Buffalo with interdisciplinary faculty and strategic partnerships with European universities. IEMA offers interdisciplinary master’s programs, fieldwork opportunities, scholarships, laboratories, and publications with SUNY Press and the international, peer-reviewed graduate student journal CHRONIKA.


University of California, Berkeley Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

The Hearst stewards a vast collection of objects spanning the infinite breadth of human cultures to advance knowledge and understanding. Inspired by Phoebe Hearst, the Museum promotes the tools of humanists and social scientists, encouraging people to reflect on alternative perspectives, connect with others, and take action for positive change.


University of California, Los Angeles Cotsen Institute of Archaeology

The Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA is dedicated to the creation, dissemination, and conservation of archaeological knowledge and heritage. It provides a forum for innovative research, print and digital publication, graduate education, and public programs in an effort to have a positive influence on academic, local, and global communities.


University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Department of Anthropology

The archaeology program at the Department of Anthropology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, emphasizes training in methodologies, comparative approaches, theoretical frameworks, and fieldwork worldwide. Our faculty, graduate students, and other researchers work to integrate research results with impactful synthetic evaluations of findings from comparative sites and subjects.


University of Michigan Museum of Anthropological Archaeology

Our mission integrates leading-edge research, teaching, and dissemination with collection care/curation. We conduct original research/collaboration that extends the boundaries of archaeology, provide innovative teaching, turn our graduate students into outstanding next generation archaeologists, use our collections/laboratories to provide undergraduates their first hands-on scientific encounters, and preserve objects for future generations.


University of San Carlos Museum

The University of San Carlos Museum is the flagship museum of the Anthropology, Sociology and History program of the University. The museum houses archaeological, ethnographic, and ecclesiastical collections from over 70 years of USC field research in the region. The USC Museum invites research collaboration with Phillippines and international partners.


Washington State University Department of Anthropology

Washington State University Department of Anthropology supports the objectives of CfAS through training and research that address synthetic, foundational questions from the nature of domestication and the formation of successful societies, to the characterization of economic and political systems and the explanation of change.