Charity of the week
Advancements in archaeological technology, such as radiocarbon dating and traceelement analysis, have provided a wealth of knowledge about our country’s history. To ensure that we continue to learn and benefit from archaeological sites, some of them dating back thousands of years, The Archaeological Conservancy ( archaeological conservancy.com) works to acquire sites and protect their integrity by establishing them as permanent archaeological preserves. Since the organization’s inception in 1980, it has acquired 500 endangered sites in 43 states across the U.S. They range from the earliest habitation sites in North America to a 19th-century frontier army post, and nearly every major cultural period in between. Many conservancy sites have been incorporated into public parks like Arizona’s Petrified Forest and Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico.
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