2019 Archaeologist Harassment Summit

Dear Registered Professional Archaeologists and the Archaeological Community,

On September 19th, 2019, representatives of 14 anthropological organizations came together in Arlington, VA to address harassment and what it takes to establish safe, respectful, and supportive learning and working environments. This discussion focused on legal and disciplinary frameworks, the need to update, coordinate, and implement harassment policies that affect the discipline as a whole, and ways of improving communication with our members. Harassment has no place in our discipline. We are taking action by sharing ideas and strategies, developing processes, and speaking out against harassment with a strong and unified voice. We believe that our members, organizations, and the broader discipline of anthropology will benefit through our ongoing collaboration, and will be sure to involve our members in these collective efforts.

The Register’s President, President-Elect, and Grievance Coordinator-Elect attended this summit. Our Code of Conduct already mandates that Registered Professional Archaeologists provide a safe workplace free of harassment of all types. We intend to continue to work together with anthropology’s scholarly societies to support our discipline’s efforts to eliminate a professional culture that tolerates power, intimidation, bullying, harassment, and abuse.


Christopher D. Dore, Registered Professional Archaeologist 10331