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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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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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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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At the tip of Newfoundland’s Great Northern Peninsula lies L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site. This 1,000-year-old settlement is the first-known evidence of European presence in the Americas. CREDIT: Dale Wilson / Parks Canada

American Archaeology Fall 2018 is Here!

The most recent issue of American Archaeology Magazine, FALL 2018, is now available! COVER: At the tip of Newfoundland’s Great Northern Peninsula lies L’Anse...
It’s generally accepted that the Norse established a settlement at L’Anse aux Meadows around A.D. 1000. L’Anse aux Meadows is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site that features costumed interpreters. Credit: DALE WILSON © PARKS CANADA

Searching For Vikings

Fall 2018: By David Malakoff. In the fall of 1965, a select group of people received an ornate and mysterious invitation. Please come, it said,...
In spring and summer, the Mount Bayou Mound is almost completely obscured by the thick growth of the Louisiana riverine environment. Credit:JESSICA CRAWFORD

The Mystery Of Mount Bayou Mound

Mount Bayou Mound (Louisiana)   Site Saved with POINT-6 Emergency Preservation Funds! Donate! Each donation will be matched dollar for dollar! The area in east-central Louisiana,...
Various pipe bowl fragments were also found at Shelby. Credit: DOUGLAS J. PERRELLI, ARCHAEOLOGICAL SURVEY, DEPARTMENT OF ANTHROPOLOGY, UNIVERSITY AT BUFFALO

A Remarkable Earthwork Preserved: Shelby Fort

Shelby (New York) The Conservancy has entered into an agreement to acquire a portion of the Shelby site, located in the Town of Shelby...

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 >>

Peoples of The Mississippi Valley, Oct. 6-13, 2018 Info

One of the interpretative signs at Parkin depicts the raising of the cross. Photo TAC/ Jessica Crawford.
One of the interpretative signs at Parkin depicts the raising of the cross. Photo TAC/ Jessica Crawford.

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

 

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Archaeology of Cuba – New Tour!, Nov. 9-19, 2018 Info

Join us for an archaeological adventure of a lifetime to Cuba. We will have the chance to  visit famous early colonial archaeological sites, including the site of the village first spot by Columbus,  see Pre-Columbian sites across the island,  and drink in the history with museums & colonial architecture in Havana. We will be joined along the way by a number of noted Cuban archaeologists who are experts on specific areas of Cuban prehistoric and historic archaeology.

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The Maya Empire: Belize to Tikal, January 3-13, 2019

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Join us for an archaeological adventure of a lifetime. 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, with real archaeologists.

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Aztecs, Toltecs & Teotihuacános, March 23 – April 1, 2019 Info

Teotihuacán was once one of the great cities of the New World. Photo TAC/ Mark Michel.
Teotihuacán was once one of the great cities of the New World. Photo TAC/ Mark Michel.

Between 200 B.C. and A.D. 1519, the Aztec, Toltec, and Teotihuacán cultures pushed the development of North American civilization to its zenith, before being destroyed by the Spanish invasion.  On this tour, we’ll see the ancient cities and climb pyramids that rival those of Egypt.

 

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The Hidden Maya of Chiapas & Tabasco, February 16 – 26, 2019 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.

 

 

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