National Register of Historic Places Plaque

How Archaeological Sites Are Preserved

Preservation Standards In much of the literature concerning Archaeology in America, the words preservation and conservation appear often. Most people understand these words in terms of resources – we need to conserve water, or we...
6 US Forts You Didn't Learn About in History Class

6 U.S. Forts You Didn’t Learn About in History Class

In recent years, a number of U.S. Forts have been discovered by archaeologists. Let's explore some of their history and the lessons they can share with us. 1. Fort San Juan, North Carolina Who: Built by Conquistador...

The Great Mound Builders’ Debate and Origins of Our First Field Office

Introducing the Origins of Our First Field Office: the Midwest Regional Office by Paul Gardner, Midwest Regional Director When modern Americans think of the nation’s archaeological heritage, most probably conjure up images of the adobe ruins and...
Dr. Jim Judge at Chaco Canyon.

The Archaeology of Puzzle House: Preservation and Excavation

In some 30 years as a practicing archaeologist, I directed or participated in the excavation of a wide variety of sites, spanning in time from 10,000 BC to AD 1835, and in type from...
Davis holds a vessel from the collections of the University of Arkansas Museum. Among many other positions she was assistant director of the museum from 1963 to 1967. photo by RICHARD BERQUIST

In Memoriam Hester Davis – A National Treasure

We mourn the recent passing of Hester Davis, considered a national treasure by the archaeological community. She served as the Arkanas State Archaeologist from the creation of the position, in 1967, until her retirement...

Magnetic Re-Survey of Junction Group Archaeological Preserve

Magnetic Re-Survey of the new Junction Group Archaeological Preserve is Now Underway Guest Blogger: Dr. Jarrod Burks, Board President for Heartland Earthworks Conservancy With the final crop of soybeans harvested and the land on which...
Dr. Jeffrey M. Mitchem holding an Arkansas headpot. Photo courtesy Arkansas Archeological Survey.

Surprises around Every Corner: Archaeology, the Parkin Site, and the Archaeological Conservancy

By Dr. Jeffrey M. Mitchem By age 15, I had decided to be a veterinarian. I managed to get a job with a local vet in Lakeland, Florida, and worked there for the next five...
Mendota State Hospital Group Madison Wisconsin

The Preservation of Effigy Mounds in Madison and the Four Lakes Region

Scattered around the landscape of the Great Lakes lies more than 200 individual preserved mounds. In the city of Madison alone there are a dozen mound sites available to visitors in parks and other...
Henderson leading an Archaeological Conservancy Tour at Caana Pyramid a part of Caracol Mayan Ruins, Belize.

Traveling Professor Henderson’s World of the Ancient Maya

My active involvement with the Conservancy began — in the early 1990s, I think — with a phone call from Jim Walker.  Peter Harrison, who normally accompanied Conservancy trips to Belize and the Petén,...

Help Save A Chaco Outlier: Meet the Holmes Group Site

The Holmes Group Project is your chance to help preserve an endangered Chaco outlier archaeological site. Join us! Share the excitement of protecting this phenomenal piece of America’s Heritage. Without your support, the ancient...