Our mission is to protect archaeological sites located on privately owned land. Archaeological sites on public lands, such as military bases or state/national parks, are protected by state and federal laws. Sites located on private land are not under any kind of protection, and many are lost to development each year. The careful study of an intact site by professional archaeologists often adds to what we know about history; when an archaeological site is lost, a piece of history is lost as well.
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. We protect these endangered resources based upon a threefold approach of engagement: public education, public outreach and volunteerism. The public education component consists of direct engagement with local schools at all levels, from grade school to university, in which we teach students about archaeology using age appropriate lectures and activities. The public outreach component is directed at a general audience through participation in local events (festivals, farmer’s markets, etc.), speaking engagements, and active archaeology events (where members of the public can interact with archaeologists during an actual excavation). The final component, volunteerism, involves the excavation of privately owned sites using a volunteer work force under the direction of professional archaeologists. This approach allows untrained members of the community to directly participate in archaeological excavation, creating a hands on experience under the supervision of professionals.
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