A Tribute to Fern Swenson (1954-2022)

Tributes by Dr. Paul Gardner and Dr. Mark Mitchell Accomplishments Compiled with the generous assistance of Dr. Mark Mitchell The archaeological community was saddened to hear of the passing of esteemed Plains archaeologist Fern Swenson. Fern was...

Conservancy Board Member Carol Condie Passes Away

We are sad to announce that archaeologist and long-time Conservancy Board Member, Carol Condie passed away on January 22 at the age of 90. Her contributions to The Archaeological Conservancy and the field of...

Conservancy Founder Jay T. Last Passes Away

We are saddened to announce that our Founder, Jay T. Last, passed away in Los Angeles on November 11, 2021, at the age of 92.  Our deepest condolences go out to his family and...

Forty Years of Preservation, a feature from American Archaeology

Since its inception in 1980, The Archaeological Conservancy has acquired more than 550 sites. By Paula Neely This is a full feature article from the Summer 2020 edition of American Archaeology Magazine to commemorate The Archaeological...
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...
The Author and 'Doc' Dr. John Cottier last Summer.

In Memoriam Dr. John Cottier

We lost a dear friend here in the Southeast Region this week. On Monday, I learned that Dr. John Cottier, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Auburn University died of a heart attack in the...
Dr. Danny Walker set to retire, photo credit (WSPCR)

Wyoming Assistant State Archaeologist to retire

Summary from Assistant State Archaeologist Dr. Danny Walker to retire  and Faculty and Staff, Anthro Dept.,  UWyo  The Wyoming assistant State Archaeologist Dr. Danny Walker is set to retire in late February, having served the public...
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...
Wilburn “Sonny” Cockrell, an early ACUA Board member and pioneer underwater archaeologist. Sonny passed away October 8, 2014 in Tallahassee, Florida at age 73.

In Memoriam Wilburn ‘Sonny’ Cockrell

In Memoriam, Wilburn "Sonny" Cockrell, a pioneering American maritime archaeologist, passed away at the beginning of October at age 73 in Florida. Excerpted from http://www.maritimearchaeology.com/sonnycockrell Cockrell was notably one of the first underwater archaeologists to be...

New Connecticut State Archaeologist in Place

Summary from Next Connecticut State Archaeologist Announced Dr. Brian D. Jones began as Connecticut State Archaeologist in July. He follows retiring State Archaeologist Dr. Nicholas Bellantoni, who has held the position since 1987, and retires in...