Public Archaeology Corps is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization consisting of professional archaeologists, historians, and private citizens united in their concern over the rapid loss of archaeological sites. Much of what we know about history comes not only from written records, but from archaeology, the study of the unwritten historic record that lays buried beneath the ground. Every archaeological site, when properly studied by professionals trained in the discipline of archaeology, has the potential to add to our knowledge of history.
Unfortunately, archaeological sites are being destroyed at an alarming rate. Many sites, such as those located on public lands (military bases, state and national parks, etc.), are protected by state and federal laws. Sites which are found on privately owned land have no kind of protection, and many are disturbed each day. Every time a site is lost, an unwritten page of history is lost as well.
At Public Archaeology Corps, we believe the answer lies in empowering the local community to take pride in their archaeological heritage. We propose to do this by:
- Educating the public about the history in their backyards: By participating in local festivals, farmer’s markets, and through public speaking engagements, we take archaeology out of the realm of television and magazines and make it real.
- Reaching out to local schools: By instilling a love of archaeology at a young age, we ensure that the discipline will have a future. We work with students of all ages, from grade school to grad school, through a combination of lectures and age appropriate activities.
- Volunteerism!: We employ volunteers of all levels of experience to work on actual archaeological excavations under the supervision of trained professionals. Whether you want to get your hands dirty, or just watch the action, all are welcome!
It is our conviction that the practice of archaeology can connect a community to it’s past and enrich the lives of those who participate. Preserve the past and enrich the future, join the Corps!