Charity of the week
The Archaeological Conservancy (archaeologicalconservancy.org) acquires and preserves important sites in the U.S. Headquartered in Albuquerque, the conservancy works throughout the United States to save sites that contain crucial parts of the country’s history, ranging from sacred Native American sites to early European settlements to prehistoric sites with fossils dating to the Pleistocene era. The sites preserved by the conservancy include the 2,000-room, 27-tower Yellowjacket Pueblo in Colorado; burial mounds built by the prehistoric Hopewell people in what is now Ohio; and Stallings Island, Ga., home to the oldest documented pottery in North America. The conservancy also publishes a magazine, American Archaeology, that documents historical breakthroughs and discoveries in North America.
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