Archaeological Conservancy— 2011 Conservation and Heritage Management Award

Award Citation:

President and Founder Mark Michel accepting the award on behalf of the Archaeological Conservancy

The Archaeological Institute of America is pleased to present its 2011 Conservation and Heritage Management Award for excellence in the conservation of archaeological sites and collections to the Archaeological Conservancy.

Since 1980, under the leadership of founder and president Mark Michel, this nonprofit organization has worked to preserve archaeological heritage by acquiring or assisting in the acquisition of threatened archaeological sites throughout the United States. By partnering with state and local authorities as well as other not-for-profits, the Archaeological Conservancy has protected more than 300 sites. From the East St. Louis mound complex, an important center of the Mississippian culture, to the Erie Canal in New York to Ghost Dance in California, all periods of the nation’s history fall within the Conservancy’s protection.

All the land directly held by the Conservancy is available for study by archaeologists, and many sites have been used in the training of students. The Archaeological Conservancy is a recent recipient of an AIA Site Preservation Grant for the Gault site in central Texas, one of the most prolific Clovis sites in America; their partnering with the Gault School of Archaeological Research for this work ensures ongoing educational efforts. In addition, their active outreach program includes tours, lectures, and the quarterly publication American Archaeology.

On behalf of the Archaeological Institute of America, it is an honor to present the 2011 Conservation and Heritage Management Award to the Archaeological Conservancy. President and CEO Mark Michel will accept the award on behalf of the Archaeological Conservancy.

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