SAA, SHA, SOPA, AIA Discuss Register of Professional Archaeologists
McGimsey, Charles R. (Charles Robert), 1925-
Lipe, William D.
Seifert, Donna J.
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The executive boards of the Society for American Archaeology (SAA), Society of Professional Archeologists (SOPA), and the Society for Historical Archaeology (SHA), as well as the governing board of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) have agreed in principle to develop a proposal for cosponsoring a Register of Professional Archaeologists (ROPA). The proposed register would establish and maintain registration requirements, a code of ethics, standards of performance, and grievance procedures based on those established by SOPA. The register would have its own governing board, and SOPA would cease to exist as a professional society, although its basic functions would be continued by ROPA. Becoming a Registered Professional Archaeologist (RPA) would be voluntary and would not be required for membership in any of the sponsoring societies, but these societies would strongly encourage their professional members to become registered. The executive boards of the four societies have agreed to form a joint Register Task Force to further study these concepts.