The Missouri Archaeological Society
The Missouri Archaeological Society (MAS) was founded in the 1930s as a nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to educational and charitable purposes. After almost 72 years at the University of Missouri, the MAS relocated to Missouri State University in 2006. The MAS office is located in Room 206 of Strong Hall.
Widely recognized as one of the oldest and most prestigious such organizations in the United States, the MAS currently has over 500 members, many of whom are active in eight chapters scattered around the state.
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Society membership is open to all who support its purposes.
- Unite those interested in the archaeology of Missouri
- Promote cooperation among professional and amateur archaeologists
- Promote the study, investigation, and interpretation of prehistoric and historic remains of Missouri
- Provide for the dissemination of knowledge and research in archaeology and related disciplines
- Provide for the recording, preservation, and display of remains and sites in Missouri, and for educational use of such information
- Promote a constructive public attitude toward remains
- Help the public recognize that artifact surface collecting and reporting has potential importance when performed in a manner consistent with the purposes and policies of the Society, specific guidelines, and State Historic Preservation Office site-recording procedures