Membership and Subscriptions

Membership is open to all interested individuals including both avocational and professional archaeologists who have read and agree to abide by the PCAS Code of Ethics. Companies, agencies, and other organizations can subscribe to PCAS publications.

PCAS Code of Ethics

The Pacific Coast Archaeological Society (PCAS) is a nonprofit group of professional and avocational people dedicated to the proper management of our cultural resources, to public education, and to the protection and preservation of archaeological materials and collections.

The following principles have been adopted by the PCAS:

1. Professional methods and forms will be used on all archaeological field surveys, excavations and laboratory sessions.

2. A complete record of field and laboratory work will be filed with the PCAS Curator and stored at a facility approved by the Society's Board of Directors.

3. No archaeological materials will be removed without proper permits, landowner permission, and a field research design.

4. Unless otherwise legally stipulated before activity commences, all materials collected will be deposited for further research with the Curator at a facility approved by the Society's board of Directors.

5. All generated reports will be the property of the Society and distributed as deemed appropriate.

6. All Society field activities will be performed only under the direction of a qualified field archaeologist (Principal Investigator) and the supervision of field or site directors.

7. The above principles will be observed on both Society approved projects and project performed under the direction of an authorized institution or organization.

8. The Society and its members will strive to educate the public of the importance and proper management of our non-renewable cultural resources and to discourage the collection and commercial exploitation of archaeological materials.

9. PCAS members shall not benefit from the acquisition, purchase, sale, or trade of archaeological artifacts, materials, or specimens.

10. All members shall adhere to City, County, State, and Federal antiquities laws.


Active membership includes subscription to the Pacific Coast Archaeological Society Quarterly and to the PCAS Newsletter. Regular membership costs $45 per year and Supporting membership costs $55 per year. Life membership is available for $1,000. Memberships are for the calendar year.

Companies, institutions, and other organizations can subscribe to the Pacific Coast Archaeological Society Quarterly for $50 per volume and to the PCAS Newsletter for $20 per calendar year.

Purchase membership online.

Membership form to download and return by mail.

Make a donation to the PCAS Scholarships and Grants Program: