This map was drawn in 1602 by a Wichita Indian who was captured by the Spanish. The circular figures represent native settlements. Etzanoa is depicted by two circles with a diagonal line between them at the top center of the map.Image Credit: General Archives of Maps and Plans, Mexico City

Searching For Etzanoa

Spring 2016: By David Malakoff. In the early summer of 1601, Juan de Oñate, a conquistador who helped establish the Spanish colony of New Mexico, set off on a search to find Quivira, a fabled...
Dia De Los Muertos Altar at the Zocolo.

The Lure of Oaxaca: Conservancy Tours for Day of the Dead

At The End of October, 28 Archaeological Conservancy members joined SW regional director Jim Walker and George Washington University archaeologist Jeff Blumster in Oaxaca for ten days of touring one of the most beautiful...
This Late Classic (a.d. 750 - 850) jar likely contained perishable food that the Maya offered to their gods in hopes that the gods would reciprocate with rain. The jar was found in situ in Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave in Belize. Credit: Jaime Awe

A Time Of Desperation: Archaeology of Maya Caves

Summer 2016: By Kristin Ohlson.  In 1989, William Pleitez was hunting near his farm in western Belize when his dog squeezed between some boulders near a hillside and disappeared. Pleitez soon found that the boulders...
View Of Arroyo Hondo Pueblo From The South. Photos: http://www.arroyohondo.org

Major Archaeological Pueblo Site Debuts New Website

New Website Includes Photographs, History, Research On Arroyo Hondo Site from 1300s About 1300 C.E., a small pueblo located minutes south of present day Santa Fe, New Mexico, rapidly transformed from a 100-room hamlet to...
Newspaper Rock is one of Gold Butte National Monument’s amazing petroglyph panels. Gold Butte, located in Nevada, was recently designated a national monument to protect cultural resources like Newspaper Rock, but some people opposed the designation. Kurt Kuznicki/Friends of Nevada Wilderness

Archaeology Under Attack

Spring 2017: By Tamara Jager Stewart. In the late 1980s, while working in Wisconsin, Lynne Goldstein, now archaeology professor and director of the Campus Archaeology Program at Michigan State University, served on a panel working...
Craig Lee (left) and his colleagues Jay Kyne and Ben Woods start to drill an ice core. This is the only invasive technique the researchers employ. Photo INSTAAR/ Jennie Borresen Lee.

Archaeology In The Ice Patches

2015: By Tamara Stewart.  In 2007, archaeologist Craig Lee recovered an incredibly preserved, delicately carved birch spear-throwing foreshaft from a melting ice patch north of Yellowstone National Park. The 10,300-year-old shaft, which Paleo-Indian people used...

Preservation in Action: Garcia Canyon Pueblito

Preservation in action! The stabilization of Garcia Canyon Pueblito in northern New Mexico has begun! This significant site was acquired from private owners by the Conservancy in 2011 and is one of the few...
Cory Wilkins of The Archaeological Conservancy looks at tufa “pillows” on the rock wall above the Leonard Rockshelter south of Lovelock. UNR scientists will re-investigate the site this year. Credit: 5-30 REVISED Leonard Rockshelter DEBRA REID • Lovelock Review-Miner

Archaeologist to re-investigate Leonard Rockshelter

By Debra Reid, d.reid@winnemuccapublishing.net; in the Lovelock Review-Miner, Nevada 5/30/18; published by permission This summer, a University of Nevada, Reno archaeological team will “re-visit” the Leonard Rockshelter near Lovelock. Updated excavation and radiocarbon dating methods may...
Aerial photo New Philadelphia by Tommy Hailey using powered parachute funded by The National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, National Park Service)

In Celebration of African-American History Month: Preserving Heritage through Archaeology

A Look at TAC’s African-American Historical and Archaeological Preserves in the Midwest Broadly speaking, the mission of The Archaeological Conservancy is to acquire sufficient sites to create a representative sample of the archaeological record of...

Sneak Peek: Did The Clovis People Have Neighbors?

Special Onsite Blog from the Field... Winter 2015 By Marcia Hill Gossard. The day begins early at the Cooper’s Ferry Field School to beat the heat. Temperatures this summer soared past 100 degrees in the...