The Mississippi Archaeological Association is an organization of professional archaeologists and lay people actively involved with archaeology
and archaeological preservation, uniting in a common effort to understand the prehistory and history of Mississippi and the surrounding region. Anyone who has a sincere
interest in the cultural heritage of the state and is dedicated to the preservation of that heritage for all to enjoy is eligible for membership. The Association has as one of its
important objectives the mission of encouraging scientific archaeological investigations and supports the dissemination to the public of information from these investigations
in its publications, which are received by its members as a benefit of membership.
What Role Can You Play?
Have you ever found an arrowhead? Did you realize that this small stone could have been
used to procure a meal or defend a family? Maybe you wondered who used the tool, when it was used, or how it was manufactured. Just a small,
carefully shaped piece of stone to the finder, an artifact is the clue to an archaeological site. It may have been a seasonal campsite for the acquisition
of food, a permanent village, or simply a place where a hunter lost his weapon — it remains important to the archaeologist. You may become a vital link
in discovering and reporting these sites and play a role in learning about preserving a unique piece of knowledge. Perhaps you are a collector who would
like to show your collection and learn more about it. Joining the MAA will provide hands-on learning sessions with professionals and others with whom
you share a common interest. Benefits include four issues of the Mississippi Archaeological Association Newsletter and two issues of the journal
Mississippi Archaeology per year.
Whether you are eight or eighty, the Mississippi Archaeological Association has something for you! This
organization, with several chapters throughout the state, provides the collector or history buff with a perfect opportunity to learn and share. Are you
interested in excavations, mapping, or other field work? If so, there are ample opportunities for members to take part in scientific research under the
guidance of professional archaeologists. Field schools sponsored by our universities also welcome volunteers who are MAA members. Volunteers
may work indoors or out, in physically demanding roles or in sorting and labeling of excavated artifacts. Volunteers learn by doing.
gigantic piles of shell along the Gulf Coast to the large mound complexes in the ancient river floodplains, prehistoric Indians left their mark upon the face
of Mississippi. From De Soto's time to the Trail of Tears, what was written about the native inhabitants of the Southeast gave a one-sided picture of their
lives, leaving out the everyday activities of ordinary people. This story is being learned bit by bit from the soil, and it is a story that you can help to write.