Response to SAA Conduct Regarding David Yesner

The recent activities of the Society for American Archaeology (SAA) have resulted in a variety of conversations on social media.  The failure of the SAA to consider the safety of their female attendees is a blight on the field of archaeology. If we expect the field to become a safer and more inclusive space, we need to encourage a diversity of opinions and ensure that participants are secure in their ability to report harassment.  The SAAs decision to not address issues surrounding the attendance of David Yesner compromises the integrity of the SAAs and the value of said attendance. The importance of a safe environment cannot be overestimated, and the SAAs governing body should be held accountable for their unwillingness to address serious safety concerns at their annual meeting.

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