The Association of Cypriot Archaeologists (ACA) is the largest and oldest scientific association in the field of archaeology in Cyprus. It has been a registered as a non-profit scientific association since 1983. Today (2020) the ACA numbers 180 members and is constantly expanding with the registration to the Association of new archaeologists.
According to the Statutes in order to become a Member of the Association, it is required to hold a degree in archaeology or related sciences. The largest part of the archaeological community of Cyprus is already registered with the ACA, which is considered to be an important element for the promotion of archaeology as a scientific discipline in Cyprus.
The main objectives of the Association include the study of all periods of the past of Cyprus, as well as the protection, preservation and promotion of the archaeological and cultural heritage of the island. Other aims of the Association are the lifelong scientific development of Members dedicated to the advancement of science and the diffusion of historical knowledge, as well as the dissemination of knowledge of the past that aids the development of citizens sympathizing with archaeology and its purposes.
The Board of Directors of the ACA is trying to implement the above objectives through the organization of conferences, scientific meetings, seminars, and through collaborations with other organizations working in the fields of archaeology and cultural heritage management in Cyprus. The Association of Cypriot Archaeologists, as an institutional agent, plays an active role in the shaping of the archaeological legislation and often intervenes on current archaeological issues via press releases and protests, supports archaeological research, and deals with ethics in science.
One of the means of implementing the objectives of the ACA is the publication of its scientific journal Archaeologia Cypria – Κυπριακή Αρχαιολογία. The first volume was published in 1985 and was followed by six others (1990, 1994, 2001, 2007, 2012 and 2018). In 2013, by decision of the Board and in collaboration with the University of Cyprus, the first five volumes were digitized and have been made available to the scientific community and all interested parties in the Publications section of the website.
The current Board of Directors has set as the principle objective of its term the creation of infrastructure to better achieve the long-term goals of the ACA. Working towards these goals, the Board set as its priorities the development of a modernized website, the renewal of the Statute of the Association, as well as securing and promoting the profession of archaeologist through collective agreements and enforcing existing legislation.