Who We Are

The Archaeological Conservancy is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to acquiring and preserving archaeological sites discovered on private land.


What We Do

We identify, acquire, secure, and manage the archaeological site as part of a long-term preservation plan. We also engage with and educate the general public about the preservation of our cultural heritage.


How We Do It

We depend on donations, gifts and grants for the funding needed for preservation. As a supporter, you become a member of the Conservancy and receive a subscription to American Archaeology Magazine.



Our Magazine

Published quarterly, American Archaeology a popular magazine devoted to the excitement and mystery of archaeology in the U.S. & North America – including Canada and Latin America. 


From 'American Archaeology' Magazine

Archaeologist Robert Carr sets PVC pipes into postholes at the Miami Midden 1 site. Carr and his colleagues use the pipes, which they ring with baseball chalk, to emphasize the cite's circular and linear features for photographic documentation.

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The recent issue of American Archaeology Magazine, Fall 2014, is now available. Cover Photo: Archaeologist Robert Carr sets PVC pipes into postholes at the Miami Midden 1 site. Carr and his colleagues use the pipes, which they ring with baseball chalk, to emphasize the cite's circular and line...
Archaeologists uncovering postholes on the surface of the bedrock at the METsquare lot.

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Fall 2014 An Echo of the Miami Circle By Michael Bawaya Over the course of approximately two years a vacant lot in the heart of downtown Miami will be transformed into METsquare, an atrium-style complex. METsquare, according to its developers, will give Miami something it lacks and clearly needs:...

Featured Conservancy Sites

A reconstructed pot recovered from a Swift Creek burial mound.

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The Conservancy recently acquired the first of three tracts of an important site near the city of Tallahassee, in northwest Florida. The Bird Hammock site is a multi-component site consisting of two burial mounds and two circular or ring-shaped middens consisting primarily of plant and animal food r...
Cashie pottery sherds and projectile points recovered from the site.

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For decades the exact location of Catechna, an 18th-century Tuscarora settlement, eluded historians and scholars who relied on historical documents to find the site. Conflicting information and differing interpretations of historical maps had led them to conclude the site could be in entirely differ...


Explore the Wonders of the Past

00mayaFrom the remote jungles of Honduras to the pristine rivers of the American Southwest, our archaeological tours promise exciting adventure. Whether you like touring Maya temples or learning about North American rock art, you’ll be sure to find a Conservancy tour that fits your interest. For more than 20 years, the Conservancy has conducted tours ranging in length from four days to two weeks. Expert guides always accompany our tours, providing unique insights about the places we visit. Tour regions include the American Midwest, Southeast, and Southwest, as well as Mexico and Central and South America. Click here to see all our tours >>  

September 27 – October 7, 2014 Info Experience the cultural and scenic diversity of the American Southwest.  Our trip explores Native American cultures, both past and present, in New Mexico, Arizona, and Colorado.  Expert archaeologists accompany our daily visits to some of the region’s most famous archaeological sites.

October 11 – 18, 2014  Info Beginning in Memphis and following the Mississippi River south to Natchez, our journey travels through more than five thousand years of history – from ancient earthen mounds to Civil War battlefields.  As early as 3500 B.C. and for the next five thousand years, rich and complex moundbuilder cultures developed along the fertile Mississippi River Valley. But in the 1500s Spanish invasions led to a drastic decline in the native population. Amidst the charm of the Old South and the magic of one of the world’s greatest rivers, our trip explores the region’s fascinating cultures.

October 24 – November 3, 2014 Info Join us in Oaxaca, Mexico, during one of the most unusual festivals anywhere – the Day of the Dead.  On this day, people prepare home altars and cemeteries to welcome the dead, who are believed to return to enjoy the food and drink they indulged in during life.  Not at all a morbid occasion, the town is filled with celebration. We’ll also visit the vast ruins of the Ancient Mixtecan and Zapotecan civilizations that lie just outside the city.

January 4 – 14, 2015 Info Explore the southern reaches of the Maya Empire – from the ancient cities found along the coast of Belize to Tikal, located deep within the Guatemalan rain forest.

John Henderson, professor of anthropology at Cornell University and noted author of The World of the Ancient Maya, will accompany the tour.

March 25 – April 4, 2015 Info This tour takes us to some of the more out-of-the-way, but spectacular, Maya ruins in southern Mexico that flourished between A.D. 300 and 900. We begin in the tropical lowlands and end in the fabulous highlands of Chiapas among the modern Maya people. We’ll see tremendous pyramids, unbelievable sculptures and murals, and modern arts and crafts. Our guide will be noted Maya scholar, Dr. John Henderson of Cornell University.

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