Google Project Tango smartphone

Archaeology with Google’s 3D Mapping Project Tango Phone

Archaeological research could benefit from Google's new 3D modeling device. But are archaeologists ready to explore its potential uses? I’m sure it has come to no surprise that the demand for technologically trained archaeologists has...
Excavations in progress, Benchmark Cave, 1958. Don Fowler taking notes, on left. Photo Courtesy the Museum of Natural History of Utah.

Using Science to Revive Old Excavations

Guest Blog by Professor Bill Lipe Professor Emeritus, Washington State University; Member of the Board of Directors, The Archaeological Conservancy The value (and excitement) of archaeological field work doesn’t end when the pits are backfilled,...
Bliss Bruen, her husband Dr. Jim Judge, and Jessica Crawford, SE Regional Director

In Memoriam: Bliss Bruen, advocate & friend

With the sudden passing of Bliss Bruen the Conservancy has lost one of our dearest friends and greatest inspirations. Bliss was a genuine people person and made a point to befriend all of us...

Excavating Newly Discovered Ruins at America’s Biggest Shaker Settlement

Coming This Summer From Our UK-based Friends DigVentures: America’s Biggest Shaker Settlement To Be Unearthed With Help From Crowdfunders, US Military Veterans, and National Geographic This summer, DigVentures is returning to Upstate New York on a...
U.S. Department of Energy representative Todd Stribley (left) and Conservancy President Mark Michel met last year to inspect the property. Credit: The Archaeological Conservancy.

Be A Preservation Hero! – Support The Archaeological Conservancy into 2018

Since 1980, we’ve permanently protected over 515 sites in 45 states – sites that otherwise might have been dug up by looters, razed for development, or simply damaged by neglect. We’ve established long term...
Excavation of La Belle hull

Digging Deeper: La Salle Archaeological Projects

Digging Deeper is our new blog series that revisits the sites and stories covered in previous issues of American Archaeology Magazine. In our first installment of American Archaeology Magazine in 1997, we reported on the discovery...
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...
Fragment of bone at Amity Pueblo

Tribes, Archaeologists Appeal Government Over Amity Pueblo Desecration

by Mark Sanders - guest author Almost a year ago to the day, the Phoenix New Times reported on large-scale site disturbances at Amity Pueblo, a long-abandoned Native American settlement located in the eastern Arizona village...
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...
Park Closed, Federal Government Shutdown

What the Federal Shutdown Means for Cultural Resource Protection

The United States entered into its first federal shutdown in 17 years at midnight after Congress failed to agree on the terms of a new fiscal year budget. As a result, all non-essential federal...