OwlThe mission of the Cleveland Archaeological Society is to promote the understanding and appreciation of archaeology, to facilitate the expansion of community involvement in archaeology, to foster the development and education of future archaeologists, to enhance awareness and respect of the past, and to advocate protection of our archaeological heritage.

We are a society of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) and have an annual series of seven speakers. All lectures will be held on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Murch Auditorium of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.



President: Phil Wanyerka
Vice Pr.: Paul Iversen
Treasurer: Ms. Bonnie Baker
Assistant Treasurer: David Richardson
Secretary: Mark Hammond

Email CAS: clevelandarchaeological@gmail.com

Annual Lectures

For a list of 2018-2019 lectures, dates, as well as directions to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, click: LECTURE SERIES SCHEDULE 2018-2019. It is noteworthy that all the speakers from our area are currently engaged in research and excavations.


Internship Program

The summer of 2019 will mark the nineteenth year that the Society has sponsored a Summer Internship Program for a student in archaeology. This program, which is conducted in cooperation with the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, gives a student studying archaeology or a related field practical experience in field and laboratory work. Click here for more details about this exciting program.


Local and national membership

Becoming a “Friend” of the local Society ($25 individual, $30 family) helps CAS add additional speakers, make videos of the lectures for the use of the local schools and libraries, defray costs of our monthly newsletter, etc. While our meetings are always free and open to the public, and membership is not necessary to come to the meetings, we welcome and need your support. You can find an application to join AIA and/or become a Friend of the local Society here. All amounts are tax deductible. Becoming a member of AIA or a Friend of the Society will keep you on our mailing list for reminders of the upcoming lectures as well as notices of any other programs of archaeological interest of which we are aware. AIA provides each local society with three speakers each year at no expense, publishes Archaeology magazine, The American Journal of Archaeology and other scholarly publications, organizes and supports archaeological research, etc. Basic membership in the AIA including a subscription to Archaeology magazine is $70 ($40 for student, K-12 educators and military personnel). We urge everyone interested in archaeology to become members of AIA.