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In recognition that the archaeological record is the legacy of all human beings, the Archaeological Legacy Institute (ALI) is founded to bring the benefits of archaeology to a wider constituency. Its mission is to develop ways to make archaeology more effective both in gathering important information about past human lifeways and in delivering that information to the public and the profession. A fundamental postulate is that archaeology has important messages to deliver accurately and completely to the people of our planet about our origins and development as a species, and that among these messages are those about mistakes we have made in the past and must not make in the future. In essence, ALI is devoted to archaeological research and its contributions to science and to humanity. In the furtherance of this mission, ALI, its associates, and its employees adhere to the Principles of Archaeological Ethics promulgated by the Society for American Archaeology.
ALI is dedicated to telling the story of humanity as revealed by archaeology and indigenous peoples. We largely employ the Internet to accomplish our goals, principally through The Archaeology Channel, our streaming video website at www.archaeologychannel.org. ALI was founded in late 1999. We have a very small paid staff, but we do have a dedicated group of volunteers who believe in our vision of sharing archaeological knowledge for the good of humanity. Our website is designed to be a tool for teachers and students as well as the general public, all over the world.