Fort Rock Cave (Oregon)

Fort Rock Cave, is a very significant site in the annuals of North American Archaeology. Nearly 80 years ago the cave and its deeply buried secrets altered the prevailing ideas about ancient American in the great Basin. For many years it was one of the …

State(s): Oregon Culture(s): Clovis, Great Basin

MacHaffie Site (Montana)

The MacHaffie site was donated to the Archaeological Conservancy for preservation by Pamela Bompart in 2008, after owning in since 1975. It became the Conservancy’s first site preserve in Montana. Her husband Les Davis did the most contemporary archaeo …

State(s): Montana Culture(s): Folsom, Late Archaic, Middle Archaic

Candies Creek Village Archaeological Preserve (Tennessee)

Candies Creek Village Archaeological Preserve , also known as the Jim Sharp Archaeological Preserve. In 1996 the University of Tennessee archaeologists, led by Charles Bentz of the  Transportation Center, surveyed the proposed subdivision after being a …

State(s): Tennessee Culture(s): Mississippian, Woodland

Stallings Island (Georgia)

Stallings Island, A National Landmark site, was donated to the Archaeological Conservancy in 1997 by Wyck and Shell Knox of Augusta, Georgia. At that time the site had undergone heavy looting resulting in a virtual moonscape of looters holes. Luckily the looting had been confined to only one area of the site. Stallings Island played a pivotal role in the cultural landscape of the Southeast during the Late Archaic period (3000-1000 B.C.). A prior occupation was also identified during University of Florida excavations in the late 1990’s. This occupation was hunter and gathers from the Piedmont region using the area for almost 500 years from about 4,500 to 4,000 years ago. The later Stallings people seemed to be ahead of their time. Archaeologist speculate that the origins of the stalling culture began about 5,000 years ago in the Lower Savannah River Valley. The culture produced the oldest documented pottery in North America, the first local shell fishing and the regions first settled communities. The Stalling Island site has been the source of study and conjecture by archaeologists since 1873. The most recent work was conducted by Dr. Kenneth Sassaman in 1999, Professor of Archaeology at the University of Florida, the foremost expert on Stallings Island and Stallings culture, who published in 2006 the authoritative book on the area ‘People of the Shoals: Stallings Culture of the Savannah River Valley’.

State(s): Georgia Culture(s): Late Archaic, Piedmont region, Shell Mound Archaic, Stallings Culture

The Trincheras of Los Morteros Site (Arizona)

The Trincheras of Los Morteros Site, The Dairy Site, and The Barchas Site (Arizona) These three important sites, located near Tuscon Az, now saved by the Conservancy will help preserve the evidence of the gardens and farming practices of the Hohokam. T …

State(s): Arizona Culture(s): Hohokam

McGarity-Etheridge (Georgia)

  The McGarity-Etheridge site is a 26-square-mile area of soapstone outcroppings, known to archaeologists as Soapstone Ridge, in Atlanta, Georgia. The site, which dates to the Late Archaic Period between 3000 B.C. and 1000 B.C., was protected as a …

State(s): Georgia Culture(s): Late Archaic, Soapstone Quarry

Yellowjacket Pueblo (Colorado)

  The fertile Montezuma Valley below Mesa Verde may have been home to 30,000 residents at it’s peak in the mid-1200’s, who lived in large valley pueblos, including Yellowjacket, a Conservancy preserve. Yellowjacket is the largest pueblo built by t …

State(s): Colorado Culture(s): Anasazi, Ancestral Puebloan, Mesa Verde

Dunbar’s Camp (Pennsylvania)

  Dunbar’s Camp is located about five miles east of Uniontown, Pennsylvania, near the Jumonville Glen Unit of Fort Necessity National Battlefield. In the mid-18th Century during the time of the French and Indian War, the ridge, Chestnut Ridge, and …

State(s): Pennsylvania Culture(s): 18th-century, Battlefield, Dunbar's Camp, Fort Necessity, French and Indian War

Telfer Mounds (Wisconsin)

Telfer mound is located about 25 miles east of Madison. Telfer contains a pyramidal platform mound that is roughly eight feet high and 40 feet square at the base, as well as a small effigy mound.  The effigy mound was originally buildt two feet high an …

State(s): Wisconsin Culture(s): Effigy Mound Culture, Mississippian

Workplace at Mojave (California)

In San Bernardino County, California, the developer of the ‘Workplace’ project, Southdown Inc., donated four significant site to the Archaeological Conservancy. Little is known today about the Vanyume people, who lived along the banks of the Mojave Riv …

State(s): California Culture(s): Serrano, Vanyume