Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Archaeological Conservancy

The Archaeological Conservancy, established in 1980, is the only national non-profit organization dedicated to acquiring and preserving the best of our nation's remaining archaeological sites. Based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the Conservancy also operates regional offices in Mississippi, Maryland, Ohio, and California.

Every day, prehistoric and historic archaeological sites in the United States are lost forever--along with the precious information they contain. Modern-day looters use backhoes and bulldozers to recover artifacts for the international market. Urban development and agricultural methods such as land leveling and topsoil mining destroy ancient sites. The Conservancy protects these sites by acquiring the land on which they rest, preserving them for posterity.

  • Cayadutta, New York
    • "The Cayadutta site is a large, isolated 16th-century Mohawk village located in the southern foothills of the Adirondack Mountains in Johnstown, a city in east-central New York. Its position on a hilltop adjacent to Cayadutta Creek provided its inhabitants with a resource-rich location that was naturally defendable. The site was discovered in 1892, and since then it has been studied by archaeologists and raided by collectors. Over 2,000 artifacts from the site can be found in a number of public and private collections."
  • Backusburg Mounds, Kentucky.
    • " A complex of at least eight mounds situated on the bluff overlooking Clark’s River, Backusburg has been known to professional archaeologists since the 1920s. In their seminal 1932 work Archaeological Survey of Kentucky, William Funkhouser and William S. Webb described the mounds and a floodplain site below it as “probably the most important prehistoric sites in the [western Kentucky] region.” "
  • Sopris, Colorado
    • "Colorado’s Pitkin County Open Space and Trails Department and the Conservancy have agreed to jointly hold an easement to preserve the Sopris site, a very unusual high altitude site near the town of Basalt. Situated at an elevation of over 7,800 feet, Sopris was identified and documented by Metcalf Archaeological Consultants, a cultural resource management firm, and the Colorado Office of the State Archaeologist. The site could be more than 5,000 years old, and it was apparently occupied from the Middle Archaic to the Late Prehistoric periods. Of the 187 prehistoric sites recorded in Pitkin County, only nine date to the Archaic period."
  • Yampa River 
    • June 1-8, 2014
    • "Join us for a downriver adventure in Colorado and Utah, where we’ll float through Dinosaur National Monument and experience incredible scenery first described by explorer John Wesley Powell.  On our 70-mile journey down the Yampa and Green Rivers we’ll visit remote archaeological sites, including Fremont culture rock art panels and prehistoric rock shelters."
  • Effigy Mounds of the Upper Mississippi Valley
    • June 7-10, 2014
    • "In what is now Wisconsin, prehistoric Native Americans constructed about thousands of earthen mounds, more than in any other area of comparable size. We'll visit the best surviving examples of these fascinating constructions, with an emphasis on sites of the Effigy Mound Culture, the characteristic moundbuilder culture of the Upper Midwest which created mounds in the shapes of mammals, birds, and reptiles."

"the only popular magazine devoted to the excitement and mystery of archaeology in the United States, with additional coverage of Canada and Latin America. In four issues each year, American Archaeology's colorful features and departments present the research breakthroughs, persistent puzzles, and unique personalities making news in this fascinating field.
Published by The Archaeological Conservancy, American Archaeologyshowcases some of the nation's finest writers and photographers in a beautiful design, tailored for a layperson audience. Readers explore the prehistoric world of North America's earliest inhabitants, the historic past of modern-day cities, and everything in between. American Archaeology also reports on the Conservancy's activities and the preservation cause nationwide."

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