Preservation of Archeological Sites
Mesa Verde National Park was established in 1906 to preserve archeological sites built by the Ancestral Puebloans. Currently Mesa Verde has over 4,700 archeological sites with many more yet to be discovered. The mission of the archeological program at Mesa Verde National Park is to conduct, encourage and facilitate archeological and ethnographic research focused on prehistoric and historic occupations in Mesa Verde, and to link research results to the regional histories of the northern San Juan and the greater Southwest. Our focus is to enhance and share knowledge of the Ancestral Puebloan culture, and to ensure that archeological sites are preserved for the benefit of future generations. Our mission will be accomplished by maintaining a highly trained and diverse staff in support of site preservation and quality archeological research that sustains current and future goals and objectives.
The caretaking of these sites is done through a variety of disciplines and personnel, and can be viewed by clicking on any of the links below:
Did You Know?
In 1891, Swedish scientist Gustaf Nordenskiold studied, explored, and photographed many of Mesa Verde’s cliff dwellings. Considered by many to be the first true archeologist at Mesa Verde, his book, "The Cliff Dwellers of the Mesa Verde," was the first extensive record of its cliff dwellings.