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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American Archaeology’s Ten Most Interesting Articles Of 2017

As editor, I chose these amazing archaeology stories from the pages of American Archaeology magazine because each of them stood out for 2017 in...
American Archaeology Magazine winter 2017 is Here!

American Archaeology Magazine Winter 2017 is Here!

The most recent issue of American Archaeology Magazine, WINTER 2017, is now available! COVER: Shumla researchers Jerod Roberts (on ladder) and Karen Steelman use...
It’s thought that the springhouse could have once served as a private fort.

Expanding Ebbert Spring Site preserve that spans Paleo-Indian to 19th Century

In 2010 the Conservancy negotiated an agreement with a real estate developer to acquire a 3.4-acre parcel of land in the center of a...
Mark Michel, the president of the Conservancy, walks behind an excavated masonry room. Credit: Jim Walker/The Archaeological Conservancy.

A Glimpse of The Zuni: Tinaja Pueblo

Tinaja Pueblo (New Mexico) The Conservancy recently acquired Tinaja Pueblo, a proto-Zuni site located near the foothills of the Zuni Mountains in the El Morro...

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 >>

January 11 – 21, 2018  Info

Olmec Head. Photo Jim Walker/Archaeological Conservancy. Join us in Veracruz, Mexico’s oldest port city, for an exciting look at the Ancient Olmec, Totonac, Huastec, Aztec and later Spanish cultures that have dominated the region for thousands of years. Nestled in a tropical paradise, lost cities, unique architecture, and archaeological sites that defy current cultural classification await our arrival. Joining us will be Dr. John Henderson, noted scholar on the Maya and Professor of anthropology at Cornell University

 

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February 15-25, 2018 Info

From A.D. 300 until 900, a brilliant culture flourished in the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico – the Classic Maya.  Stunning to see, join us to explore the most splendid sites of the Maya! Including Mayapán, the last great city of the Maya, was surrounded by a five-mile wall. It dominated the northern Yucatán from about A.D. 1250 until its destruction in a revolt in 1440

 

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March 29-April 8, 2018 Info

Join us to explore rain forests, snow-capped volcanoes, and magnificent lakes: the landscape of the ancient Maya in the highlands of Guatemala. On our tour you’ll experience a complete spectrum of history – from ancient Maya ruins to modern-day Maya cities. Our travels will take us from beautiful Lake Atitlán to the Honduran rainforest where we will visit Copán, considered the crown jewel of the southern Maya cities.

 

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 April 22 – 29, 2018   Info

Join us as we spend a week exploring the Chesapeake Bay’s rich 17th and 18thcentury culture. Our exciting journey will take us from the colonial capitals of Annapolis, Maryland and Williamsburg, VA, to the first permanent English colony in North America at Jamestown, to George Washington’s home at Mt. Vernon.

 

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 June 1 – 8, 2018 Info

Join us for a downriver adventure in Colorado and Utah, where you’ll float through Dinosaur National Monument and experience incredible scenery first described by explorer John Wesley Powell.  On our 70-mile journey down the Yampa and Green Rivers you’ll visit remote archaeological sites, including Fremont culture rock art panels and prehistoric rock shelters.  David Grant Noble, SW expert and notable author of Ancient Ruins of the Southwest, will accompany the tour.

 

 

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Ancient Peoples of the Andes, June 8–22, 2018  Info

From the golden tombs of the Moche on Peru’s coastal plain, to the splendor of Cuzco and the magic of Machu Picchu high in the Andes, our tour of the ancient civilizations of the Peruvian and Bolivian Andes promises to be an unforgettable adventure. Accompanied by John Henderson, an expert in the region’s archaeology, we’ll learn about the vast empires that once reigned in the land.  In the Inca capital of Cuzco we will explore sites such as Coricancha, an Inca temple where the walls were once covered in gold. In Bolivia,  we’ll see the winter solstice sunrise through the Sun Gate of Tiwanaku.

 

 

 

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