The Archaeological Conservancy, a national nonprofit organization, has conducted tours for more than 20 years. Expert archaeologists lead tours in the U.S., Mexico, and Central and South America.
Yampa River (May 27 – June 3, 2012) – Join us for a downriver adventure in Colorado and Utah, where you’ll float through Dinosaur National Monument and experience incredible scenery first described by John Wesley Powell. On our 70-mile journey down the Yampa and Green Rivers, you’ll visit remote archaeological sites, including Fremont culture rock art panels and prehistoric rock shelters. David Grant Noble, author of Ancient Ruins of the Southwest, will accompany the tour.
Highlights of the Northern Plains Tour (June 7 – 12, 2012) – Beginning and ending in Bismarck, North Dakota, this new tour will explore some of the unique and fascinating historic places of the Northern Plains. We’ll visit Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site, which preserves the remains of five historic period Mandan/Hidatsa villages, including the "hometown" of Sacakawea, the guide for Lewis and Clark. We’ll also visit a number of prehistoric Native American sites including Double Ditch and Huff Indian Village State Historic Sites, well-preserved Plains Village Tradition villages, and the Knife River Chert Quarries, one of the largest prehistoric quarry sites in North America.
Peru (June 22 - July6, 2012) – Machu Picchu remained a secret to the outside world until 1911, when archaeologist Hiram Bingham discovered it almost by accident. Perched on a ridge more than 2,000 feet above the Urubamba River, this ancient city is among the most spectacular sites in all of the Americas. And Machu Picchu is just one of the many highlights of the Conservancy’s two-week Peruvian tour. From the coastal city of Lima to the magnificent tombs of the Moche at Sipán, we’ll explore some of Peru’s most fascinating sites.
Accompanied by John Henderson, an expert in the region’s archaeology, we’ll learn about the vast empires that once reigned in the land. The adventure begins with visits to several archaeological museums in Lima, allowing you to become familiar with the country’s past cultures. Then, we’ll explore the pyramids at Sipán and Túcume. At Chan Chan, we’ll tour the remains of one of the largest pre-Colombian cities in the New World. Several Days in the Inca capital of Cuzco will give us ample time to explore sites such as Coricancha, an Inca temple where the walls were once covered in gold.
French and Indian War Tour (September 8 -15, 2012) - Join us as we travel across New York and Pennsylvania to explore the rich history and archaeology of the French and Indian War. This epic struggle involving Native Americans, the English and French Empires, and Colonial forces, was one of the first global conflicts and a defining moment in American history. On our journey, we’ll meet with historians, archaeologists and native people at a variety of archaeological sites, museums, and interpretive centers. Some of the sites we’ll visit include Fort Niagara State Historic Site, Fort Ticonderoga, Fort Stanwix National Park, Roger’s Island, and Ganondagan State Historic Site.
Best of the Southwest (September 22 –October 2, 2012) - The American Southwest is home to some of the best-preserved evidence of prehistoric civilizations in the New World. The magnificent ruins of Chaco Canyon and Mesa Verde are but two vivid reminders of the complex cultures that dominated the region between the 10th and 14th centuries. The Archaeological Conservancy’s Best of the Southwest tour includes these two settlements as well as other prehistoric sites and modern pueblos where ancient traditions persist.
Oaxaca (October 26 – November 5, 2012) - Join us in Oaxaca, Mexico during one of the most unusual festivals anywhere – the Day of the Dead. On this day, people prepare home altars and cemeteries to welcome the dead, who are believed to return to enjoy the food and drink they indulged in during life. Not at all a morbid occasion, the town is filled with celebration.
Our tour explores the Mixtecan and Zapotecan archaeological sites in the region, including Mitla, Monte Albán, San José Mogote, and Dainzú. You’ll have the opportunity to explore Oaxaca’s museums and markets as well as several crafts villages featuring weaving, pottery, carved animals, and other local art.
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