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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...
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,...
The archaeological preserve of Chisha’talla’ Today. Once the Chickasaw Nation leased the property TAC, the began bringing visitors from the Nation to their homeland on a regular basis. The Nation established walking trails and erected interpretive signage.

Preserving History of and for the Chickasaw

Guest Blog By Richard Green, Retired Chickasaw Tribal Historian, Writer As tribal historian of the Chickasaw Nation, I produced 19 quarterly issues of The Journal of Chickasaw History, from 1994-1999. Then, for a complete change...
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...
Larry L. Baker at work in 2012. Courtesy Larry L. Baker.

Stabilizing Archaeology: Engaging the Public in Architectural Preservation

By Larry L. Baker,  Salmon Ruins Museum, San Juan County Museum Association In 1974, I was hired by Dr. Cynthia Irwin-Williams for her research projects at the Salmon Ruins, near Bloomfield, New Mexico and the...
Working on excavations at the Burch House site at Port Tobacco. Photo Courtesy Kelley Berliner.

Remembering The Public: Connecting Archaeology & Outreach

Introducing Our Eastern Regional Field Assistant: Kelley Berliner As a kid, historical markers, antique malls, flea markets, steam engine tractor shows, and just about anything else that had to do with old things were mandatory...
The Author, Tamara Stewart, hiking Moon Mtn in the foothills of Santa Fe.

Standing My Ground for Archaeology & Preservation

Introducing Our Assistant Editor of American Archaeology Magazine and Southwest Regional Coordinator: Tamara Stewart Looking down the barrel of the 12-gauge shotgun, the tiny but intimidating Billie Russell was aiming at me, I feebly tried...
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...
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...