Advocacy: Helping Preserve Our Archaeological Heritage

Links to volunteer and professional societies, governmental offices, and preservation groups working to protect archaeological sites and archaeological remains.


 Trafficking Culture  is an international research consortium that produces evidence-based research into the contemporary global trade in looted cultural objects. Their researchers are based out of Victoria University of Wellington, Oxford University, and the University of Glasgow. From 2012 until 2016 this research program was housed at the University of Glasgow’s Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research and was funded by the European Research Council.



    AAAN - Archaeology Advocacy Alert Network


AAAN is a Facebook group of archaeologists who share posts and resources about current issues and advocacy efforts in the archaeology and heritage presevation world. Membermust email the administrator to join the group.

The Archaeology Conservancy

Established in 1980, The Archaeology Conservancy is the only national (US) non-profit organization dedicated to acquiring and preserving the best of the remaining archaeological sites in the USA.

SAFE (Saving Antiquities For Everyone)

SAFE is a volunteer group devoted to raising awareness of the world's endangered cultural heritage.

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A list of links for both international and US legislative Acts, charters, and guidelines for protecting archaeological resources.

Archaeologists for Global Justice

Archaeologists for Global Justice was formed as a response to the widespread and ever increasing injustice affecting our world. It was conceived and put into motion by archaeologists at the University of Sheffield (UK), ​and it operates through its listserv, linked above.


 The Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation (LCCHP) is a not-for-profit organization that fosters the stewardship of the objects, places, and traditions that define us as societies, nations, and civilizations. LCCHP are lawyers, legal scholars, and law enforcement agents --- but also anthropologists, archaeologists, architects, art historians, students, and others --- who champion preservation through the justice system. Through their educational programs and resources, they are also working to prepare a new generation of advocates, as well as educating the public.

 Strategies for Protecting Archeological Sites on Private Lands(NPS)

Strategies is a guide to a variety of tools available for protecting archeology sites on private lands through land ownership, financial strategies, development regulation, volunteer strategies, protective laws, and long-term site management planning.

 National NAGPRA (NPS)

Laws, regulations, and guidance for the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) are offered at this National Park Service web site.

  Association for the Projection of Afghan Archaeology (APAA)

APPA is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness of the archaeology and cultural heritage of Afghanistan and the protection of that Archaeological Heritage.

See Also:  Organizations Protecting or Interpreting Heritage Sites


Updated 10/13/2016