Millsaps Professor of Anthropology Michael Galaty has been appointed an academic trustee on the board of trustees of the Archaeological Institute of America. The AIA is North America's oldest and largest organization devoted to the world of archaeology.
"As an academic trustee of the AIA I will have the rare opportunity to influence the field of archaeology at the highest levels," Galaty said. "It will also provide a great platform for publicizing the world-class archaeology program we have here at Millsaps."
As a member of the board of trustees, Galaty will take part in governing the organization. As chair of the program for the annual meeting committee, he leads the process of putting together the program of papers for the annual meeting.
This year, the meeting was held in Philadelphia and had a record attendance of more than 3,000 archaeologists. Additionally, he is a member of the professional responsibilities committee, which focuses on the state of the field of archaeology and the behavior of archaeologists.
"We are especially concerned about threats to the world's archaeological heritage, such as looting of sites. We have worked recently to lobby the U.S. and foreign governments to stem the flow of illegal artifacts into the country," Galaty said.
Galaty holds a bachelor of arts degree from Grinnell College and a master's and doctorate from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.