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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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From 'American Archaeology' Magazine

Summer 2017 American Archaeology Magazine Cover

The most recent issue of American Archaeology Magazine, SUMMER 2017, is now available! COVER: In 1929, Charles and Anne Lindbergh photographed Pueblo del Arroyo,...
Canyon de Chelly’s White House Ruin is seen at the edge of the river. The Lindberghs’ pictures may have played a role in Canyon de Chelly being declared a national monument in 1931. Lindbergh Collection, MIAC/Lab MIAC cat# 70.1 / 197

SUMMER 2017: By Tamara Jager Stewart. In 1927 an obscure U.S. Air Mail pilot named Charles A. Lindbergh completed the first solo trans-Atlantic flight from...

Featured Conservancy Sites

U.S. Department of Energy representative Todd Stribley (left) and Conservancy President Mark Michel met last year to inspect the property. Credit: The Archaeological Conservancy.

The Conservancy has established a new preserve in Wyoming, located about thirty-five miles north of Casper, on a portion of the Teapot Dome Oilfield,...
Small Mississippian-style arrow points have been found around Taylor Mound. Credit: The Archaeological Conservancy.

Taylor Mound is largely a mystery. It hasn’t been professionally excavated, so all that’s known about it is that it stands approximately ten-feet tall...

Explore the Wonders of the Past

From 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 >>

June 8-12, 2017  Info

A Cahokia leader (center) greets the rising sun on top of Monks Mound with his priests and attendants around him in this artistic depiction of religious activities. Art by Michael Hampshire.
A Cahokia leader (center) greets the rising sun on top of Monks Mound with his priests and attendants around him. Art by Michael Hampshire.

Intriguing earthworks still remain constructed by the Native peoples in the Heart of America during the Middle Mississippian culture that flourished from A.D. 900 to 1500. You’ll visit such sites as Cahokia, the center of one of the earliest and most sophisticated prehistoric civilizations north of Mexico.  First attributed to more ancient and Old World cultures, the great earthen mounds once bordered nearly every major waterway of the Midwest.

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June 3-12, 2017  Info

2015 San Juan River Trip - Happy Campers!
2015 San Juan River Trip – Happy Campers!

Adventure into the heartland of the Anasazi world. From land and from the vantage point of Utah’s San Juan River, you’ll experience one of the most scenic regions of the Southwest. We’ll begin our adventure with two full days of site visits on land, then we’ll board our boats and float down the San Juan River for four days, stopping often to visit Anasazi ruins accessible only by river.

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August 19-27, 2017  Info

Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons
Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons

Travel across the provinces of Ontario and Quebec to explore the rich history and archaeology of this region of Canada. The nation will be celebrating 150 years as a nation, but has a rich and complex history that begins far earlier. On our journey through Canadian Archaeology we will meet with historians, archaeologists and Native Peoples at a variety of unique archaeological sites, spectacular museums, and exceptional interpretive centers.

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September 16-26, 2017

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CliffdwellersJoin us to visit these Southwestern jewels. They rank among the most amazing archaeological sites anywhere: walls and windows, towers and kivas, all tucked neatly into sandstone cliffs.  More than 700 years ago, the Anasazi and Sinagua cultures of the Four Corners region called these cliff dwellings home.

 

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September 9-17, 2017 Info

ChacoExplore the vast cultural system of Chaco Canyon and the extensive network of outlying communities that developed in northwestern New Mexico and southwestern Colorado from A.D. 800 to 1140. We’ll also have the unique opportunity to visit many of the most important outlying communities that are integral parts of the entire Chacoan complex still being uncovered by researchers, & tour the modern day Pueblo of Acoma

 

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October 27- November 6, 2017 Info

CoverJoin 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. Oaxaca lies in a semitropical valley surrounded by the peaks of the Sierra Madre del Sur.  The city’s architecture reflects its rich Spanish Colonial and modern history.  Vast ruins of the Ancient Mixtecan and Zapotecan civilizations lie just outside the city.

 

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