Help Us Protect the Places of Our Shared Past
Since its inception almost 30 years ago, Archaeology Southwest has been committed to archaeological preservation. We reiterated that commitment in 2012 by embracing a simple mission: to explore and protect the places of our past.
Our formal site protection program began in August 2008. A grant of $111,500 from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, matched by an additional $125,000 in gifts from four individual donors, launched the program. We hired Andy Laurenzi, a professional with years of land protection and conservation experience, to serve as our Field Representative.
Since Andy joined Archaeology Southwest, we have more than doubled the number of archaeological sites that we protect through ownership or archaeological conservation easement. These sites represent a wide range of cultures, time periods, and regions. A most exciting recent development is the addition of three sites in the legendary Mimbres Valley of New Mexico to our protection portfolio. These sites–Mattocks, Janss, and Wheaton-Smith–have been protected by the nonprofit Mimbres Foundation since the 1970s. Archaeology Southwest is proud to step up as the new custodian of these irreplaceable sites.
There are many ways to protect places on the land, and Archaeology Southwest is partnering with other groups and individuals to further site protection wherever possible. You can read more about these initiatives by selecting from the list at the left. Some of the ongoing challenges to successful long-term preservation are highlighted in this short videoregarding recent events at Camp Naco, another of Archaeology Southwest’s site protection initiatives.
Please help us continue this important work of protecting places on the land. Your one-time or monthly donation today will protect special archaeological places throughout the Southwest. Use the form below to donate today.