American Veterans Archaeological Recovery

American Veterans Archaeological Recovery

Promoting the well-being of disabled veterans transitioning to civilian life through field archaeology.

About AVAR

American Veterans Archaeological Recovery (AVAR) integrates military veterans with physical or mental disabilities into a community of archaeological researchers that supports their rehabilitation through goal-oriented, team-centered excavations. The social bonding and shared experiences of participants are an important feature of American Veterans Archaeological Recovery. Participants share their new experiences in archaeology with others from the community of veterans, and will make new connections in the community of academic and professional archaeologists working to discover and preserve the physical evidence of our common cultural heritage.


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.

More About AVAR

Excavations & Projects

Notes from the Field

Media & News Coverage

Veterans Connect to Park through Groundbreaking Project at Saratoga Battlefield

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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.

5 Ways to Donate Online

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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