Idaho Archaeological Society




  • To unite those interested in the archaeology of Idaho
  • To promote cooperation between professional and amateur archaeologists
  • To promote the systematic study of prehistoric and historic archaeological sites in Idaho
  • To promote public education and professional scholarship relating to Idaho archaeology

Archaeology is the scientific study of the human past through its  material remains. As an environmental science that explores past  human-environmental interactions, it is uniquely positioned to study  long-term culture change. As such, the discipline not only provides a  history of the past but a link to contemporary issues of climate change,  global warming and resource sustainability.

The Great Basin Chapter of the Idaho Archaeological Society meets in the Orma J. Smith Museum every second Thursday of the month from September through May, at 7:30 p.m. 

Organized under the charter of the IAS, each chapter provides a range of programming that includes lectures, seminars, museum visits and field trips, among other events.  Information about the Chapters is available on the IAS website.