The Society for East Asian Archaeology (SEAA) is a non-government organization formed to further promote interest and research in the field of East Asian Archaeology through the sharing of information on ongoing projects, encouraging premier quality research, international and interdisciplinary communications, providing publishing opportunities through an online bulletin and the support of an academic journal, holding academic meetings and conferences, providing educational outreach to the general community, enhancing scholarly communications and good relations among archaeologists within East Asia, and encouraging interdisciplinary perspectives involving several regions.
SEAA replaced the East Asian Archaeology Network (EAAN), which was established on 6 April 1990 at a meeting in Chicago of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) arising out of a discussion on "Politics and Procedures for Archaeological Fieldwork in Asia". The stated aim of the Network was to further education by facilitating greater communication among scholars interested in the archaeology of China, Korea and Japan. EAANetwork operated for several years having a special meeting at the American AAS meetings in the spring, and in April 1996, it hosted the First Worldwide Conference in Honolulu. EAANetwork also published a newsletter, called EAANnouncements, issues 1-26, 1990-98, which can be read on this site.
The Society for East Asian Archaeology (SEAA) was founded in April 1996 and operates under a formal constitution. It is run by a Council which includes an Executive Board and regular Council Members, the latter elected as representatives from major geographic areas of China, Korea, Japan, North America, Europe and Australasia. SEAA has a world-wide membership, professional archaeologists, scholars and students from different academic fields, as well as members of the public interested in the archaeologies of China, Korea and Japan, and adjacent regions or concerned about preserving the heritage of sites and artifacts from East Asia.
One of the main activities of the SEAA is organizing and attending a World-Wide SEAA Conference every four years. The first was held in Hawaii, USA in 1996, the second in Durham, England in 2000, and the third in Daejeon, South Korea in 2004. A fourth conference is being planned for 2008 in Beijing, China.
Gina L. Barnes