TThe Tram Preserve, containing the remains of a Seneca Village, with high summer vegetation.

Update E: Summer Site Work in Full Swing

Earlier this month Conservancy President Mark Michael joined the staff of the Eastern Regional Office in New York  for a great visit to a few Conservancy owned preserves, and to meet with landowners, of...

Update on Archaeological Preserve of Kings 4 in California

Update from Western Regional Office On the very foggy morning of January 14th, work was done on the Site of the Kings 4 Archaeological Preserve for which monitoring was required. The Southern California Edison Company...
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...

Donkey Drama on Stallings Island

Donkeys and goats were introduced on this Conservancy site in 2008 to control plant overgrowth.  Recently, an ill-mannered male donkey had to be removed from the island – and it was no small feat....

Help Save America’s Threatened Archaeological Treasures

Give Future Generations the Lasting Gift of Protected Archaeological Heritage! & be the preservation hero we need... Please help save irreplaceable archaeological treasures threatened across the country. Become part of one of the most important forces...

PHOTO TOUR | 2019 Hidden World of the Ancient Maya of Chiapas and Tabasco

Travel along with our recent tour group as they journey into the heart of Maya country to experience local culture and explore rain forests and ancient ruins on the 2019 Hidden World of the Ancient...
re-enacting 18th-century Chickasaw life. The living village includes traditional regalia, stickball games, stomp dances, hide scraping and other activities that were common in the 1750s

Update SE: The Story of The Owners & The Tribe That Saved Ancestral Villages

This is the story of the owners and a Grant that saved Ancestral Chickasaw villages. While The Archaeological Conservancy was working on a deal to purchase and preserve ancestral Chickasaw villages in Mississippi, I became...
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...
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...