Founded in 1980 by a few enthusiasts, SSAS has become one of the largest and most active groups of its kind in Illinois. Monthly public meetings are held at the ADA-accessible Marie Irwin Community Center (MICC), 18120 Highland Avenue, Homewood, Illinois. Meetings begin at 7:30 PM on the 3rd Thursday of each month (January through May, and September through November). All interested persons are welcome to attend. You don't need a formal education in archaeology - just an interest!
Persons prominent in archaeology and related fields present 45-60 minute illustrated lectures. Topics range from the archaeology of Cook County to the archaeology of Egypt, the Middle East, Asia, the Pacific, Europe, the Americas, and underwater. SSAS members share their own experiences during one meeting each year.
Members have worked on archaeological excavations in Illinois, Wisconsin, Colorado, Scotland, and underwater, and are occasionally invited to assist professional archaeologists with local surveys and related fieldwork.
The monthly publication ArkyFacts is sent to all members. Everyone is encouraged to contribute news for the publication.
Activities and Trips
Society-sponsored outings have included guided visits to museum exhibits and galleries, field trips to nearby historic and natural areas, and three-day weekend trips in Illinois and surrounding states. Treks were made to the American Southwest, Europe, Central and South America. An annual "social" is held in June.
The Society is primarily a dues-funded organization, aided by corporate sponsorship. Programs have also been made possible, in part, by grants from the Illinois Humanities Council and the MacArthur Foundation.
The SSAS is a chapter of the Illinois Association for the Advancement of Archaeology (IAAA), a statewide organization whose aim is to further the knowledge, study and preservation of archaeological sites within Illinois.
Visit www.museum.state.il.us/iaaa for more information.