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The Archaeological Conservancy

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RECENT NEWS: In a stunning display of community, conservation organizations joined forces on the evening of March 18, 2014 to try their hand at the winning bid for the Junction Group Earthworks, a 20 acre tract of land containing a 2000 year old earthwork complex of at least eight earthen enclosures. The archaeological site was auctioned as a large farm field, and its desirable location increased the chance the land would be converted to residential development. The project was an emergency acquisition and failure would result in a loss of irreplaceable cultural material. The conservation coalition offered winning bids on four parcels totaling 192 acres - including a forest and the earthworks.

The Conservancy must raise $70,000 by the scheduled closing in mid-July to become the owner of this unique site and to stabilize it. The preserve will contribute to public knowledge about the site’s significant and the importance of cultural resource preservation. To contribute to the Junction Group Earthworks, please donate to help preserve Junction Group.

Read more in this Columbus Dispatch article: Prehistoric mounds near Chillicothe saved from development.


The Archaeological Conservancy, established in 1980, is the only national non-profit organization dedicated to acquiring and preserving the best of our nation's remaining archaeological sites. Based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the Conservancy also operates regional offices in Mississippi, Maryland, Ohio, and California.

Every day, prehistoric and historic archaeological sites in the United States are lost forever--along with the precious information they contain. Modern-day looters use backhoes and bulldozers to recover artifacts for the international market. Urban development and agricultural methods such as land leveling and topsoil mining destroy ancient sites. The Conservancy protects these sites by acquiring the land on which they rest, preserving them for posterity.

American Archaeology, the Conservancy's quarterly magazine, showcases some of the nation's finest writers and photographers in a beautiful design, tailored for a layperson audience. Readers explore the prehistoric world of North America's earliest inhabitants, the historic past of modern-day cities, and everything in between. American Archaeology also reports on the Conservancy's activities and the preservation cause nationwide.

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