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Our research unearths the past in a way that safeguards the future. What we uncover shines a light on the combined genetic, ecological, cultural, and linguistic variations discovered in native biological and cultural communities.

Global threats such as climate change not only affect species, landscapes, and seascapes around the world, but also pose a serious risk to our cultural heritage.

Learning from the past and current traditional practices of societies helps inform both local and national strategies to safeguard our tangible cultural heritage, such as archaeological sites, monuments, and historical artifacts. We can learn from the past to understand how to live in balance with nature in the future.




FEATURED CASE STUDY

Volunteers and Earthwatch scientists are working to preserve wildlife in Mongolia’s Ikh Nart Nature Reserve.

Earthwatch volunteers are helping preserve wildlife in Mongolia’s Ikh Nart Nature Reserve. This magnificent Mongolian steppe region of grasslands and rocky outcrops is one of the best hopes for central Asian wildlife.
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Upcoming Expeditions

Encountering the Prehistoric People of New Mexico

Archaeology & Culture

Encountering the Prehistoric People of New Mexico

Join pioneering excavations of prehistoric quarries in the Valles Caldera and discover how humans interacted with this volcanic landscape 10,000 years ago.

$2975
Valles Caldera, New Mexico, United States
11 days
Dr. Anastasia Steffen
Mammoth Graveyard in South Dakota

Archaeology & Culture

Mammoth Graveyard in South Dakota

Join Earthwatch paleontologist Dr. Larry Agenbroad in the hunt for mammoths in South Dakota.

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South Dakota, United States
TBA days
Dr. Larry Agenbroad
Origins of Angkor

Archaeology & Culture

Origins of Angkor

What are the roots of Thailand’s first state society? On one of the longest-running archaeological digs in Southeast Asia, Earthwatchers looked for clues.

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Ban Non Wat, Thailand
TBA days
Dr. Nigel Chang
Unearthing Ancient History in Tuscany

Archaeology & Culture

Unearthing Ancient History in Tuscany

What can we learn about Italy’s ancient people from the ruins they left along the coast of Tuscany? Help us dust off clues.

$1895 - $3375
Baratti and Populonia Archaeological Park, Piombino, Tuscany, Italy
7 days
Dr. Carolina Megale