Your Contribution to Archaeology

Your support of our programs will enable current and future generations to explore and better understand the past while making science and scholarship more inclusive and accessible. Through cutting edge technologies like Open Context, we open new windows for understanding and safe-guarding the legacy of ancient peoples worldwide.

Your donation can help break down access barriers to global heritage and give future generations an enriching and meaningful past.

Help us open the past to new discoveries! Donate Today.

Ways to Donate

AAI and Open Context are supported by contributions from individuals and public funds. Our Federal Tax Identification Number / EIN is: 91-2146202. All donations are 100% tax deductible.

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You may donate by credit card by clicking the button above (no PayPal account required). Or you may download a pledge form to send us your credit card information by mail.


Contributions by check should be made out to "The Alexandria Archive Institute" and mailed to us at the address below (you may also download a pledge form to include with your check).

The Alexandria Archive Institute
125 El Verano Way
San Francisco, CA 94127

The Alexandria Archive Institute: Our Role in Open Archaeology

  • We preserve and share archaeological and related data on the Web, free of charge through technology programs like Open Context.
  • Through advocacy, industry collaboration and research, we pioneer ways to make heritage information open to everyone.
  • We educate and help cultivate internet literacy that our society so desperately needs.

Archaeology Matters to Us All

Understanding and appreciating archaeology, world history and cultural heritage enriches our lives by challenging our assumptions. It sparks curiosity, creates a love for learning and informs in ways that lead to social progress.

When most people think of archaeology, they imagine the study of uncovered artifacts. This field of science has grown more sophisticated over the last few decades. Archaeologists study patterns in how artifacts, architecture, and other remains relate in space and time to learn about how societies formed and survived, and interacted with other groups and their natural environment. The hope is that these revelations provide even more insights from our ancestors and help shape our future.

Data Sharing Fuels Discovery

Archaeologists, in general, attempt to uncover information that advances, confirms, alters, or refutes important observations or hypothesis. The recording and sharing of data is crucial in this effort because conclusive findings are rarely determined from one site, or one exploration effort.

Instead, just a minor part of the full archaeological record is typically present in any one site. Archaeologists are looking for patterns in their research to complete a much larger puzzle—built from synthesizing evidence from many studies across the landscape.

Another challenge is that excavation is destructive—archaeologists destroy sites when they dig them. So, we have a tremendous responsibility to fully record, preserve, and share our findings. In this way, accurately recording and preserving data, and making it accessible for future research, enables the puzzle to finally come together as a new discovery.

Donor Bill of Rights

The AAI is committed to the highest standards of fundraising and donor stewardship and complies with the Donor Bill of Rights. The Donor Bill of Rights was created by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and the Giving Institute: Leading Consultants to Non-Profits. It has been endorsed by numerous organizations. The AAI's Board of Directors has approved and accepted this Donor Bill of Rights as principles of the development efforts on behalf of the AAI.

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