American Veterans Archaeological Recovery

American Veterans Archaeological Recovery

Promoting the well-being of disabled veterans transitioning to civilian life through 'Rehabilitation Archaeology'

About AVAR

American Veterans Archaeological Recovery (AVAR) conducts expert archaeological fieldwork worldwide by combining the drive and precision of military veterans with academic training and supervision. Bonds made on excavations help veterans work through feelings of isolation, disempowerment, and loss of purpose that often occur when service members transition into the civilian world. Unique in the United States, the AVAR program helps veterans find their future while exploring the past. We describe the enhancement of archaeological fieldwork processes to benefit and develop the participant over the long-term as ‘Rehabilitation Archaeology’.

AVAR Archaeology excavation site


Training provided by professional archaeologists from major universities.


Participants are assigned to roles based on ability, regardless of service injury.


Social bonding and shared experiences promote recovery.

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Excavations & Projects

Next Project

Beit Lehi

The Lost City of Ancient Israel

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Israel Israel Apr 01, 2021

Project Begins

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Upcoming Projects

P-38G Recovery

Italy Italy May 2021

B-24 Recovery

United Kingdom United Kingdom Jul 2021


United States United States Sep 2021

Recent Projects

Notes from the Field

Media & News Coverage

Vets Study Archaeology, Heal from Mental and Physical Wounds with AVAR

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Donate to AVAR

Your generous, tax-deductible donation to our program provides transportation, food, housing, tools, and safety equipment for disabled veterans and active duty personnel while they are engaged in important archaeological field work. This work makes a difference in the lives of our participants through a sense of accomplishment, mastery of new skills, peer support, and preservation of historically important structures and artifacts.

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Current Fundraisers

Israel – Beit Lehi Regional Project

We’re going to Israel! We need your help to raise funds to get our vets there. Thank you for your support.

Goal: $9,000 | Raised: $700

Saratoga Dig

We’re going to do a project in Saratoga, New York. Please help us reach our fundraising goal. Thank you!

Goal: $60,000 | Raised: $11,900

American Veterans Archaeological Recovery is administered by Operation Nightingale USA, a tax-exempt 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization.

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