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The purpose of ECCNAA is to help preserve Nevada's antiquites, encourage the study of archaeology and to educate the public as to the aims of archaeological research. Members agree to abide by the Code of Ethics of the Nevada Archaeological Association.

We are a group of people who have an interest in archaeology and history. The group includes professional and amateur archaeologists as well as individuals who simply want to learn more about the field and who have an interest in Protecting and Preserving our History and Prehistory.

As a group we do many community projects. Activites we have participated in include: construction of the Northside School exhibit; participation in the Cold Creek archaeological excavation, the Spring Creek Mastodon excavation, the Carlin Chinese cemetery excavation, bringing in Chautauqua performers and speakers, facilitating hands-on educational workshops and arranging group field trips.

We continue to support educational endeavors including a scholarship endowment at Great Basin College to assist a student pursuing an anthropological field of study.

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Current Events

Archaeology Fair

Archaeological Awareness and Historic Preservation Month in Nevada is celebrated in May with groups and organizations doing things all around the state.

The Elko County Chapter of the Nevada Archaeological Association (ECCNAA) is kicking off the celebration in Elko County by presenting an annual Archaeology Fair on May 5th, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., at the Northeastern Nevada Museum, 1515 Idaho Street, Elko, NV.

There will be hands-on activities, an exhibit of native plant foods, a prehistoric hunting tools exhibit, dioramas and various displays and information about the Site Stewardship Program.

Stop by the Archaeology Fair and see what is going on. Admission to the fair is free.

For more information, please call Tim or Donna at 738-6269, send an email to or visit

Photos from Previous Fairs



Meetings are usually held on the first Friday of the month, at 7:00 p.m. in the classroom at the Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital. Please check each month as times may change.
If you are interested in archaeology and history you are welcome to attend!

The next meeting will be Friday, May 4, 2018 at 7 p.m. We will be meeting in the classroom next to the cafeteria at Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital.

If you have any questions please call Donna at 738-6269 or email


    NAA, or the Nevada Archaeological Association, is the statewide Archaeological Association. It was founded in 1972 to assist in coordinating the work of professionals and amateurs in Archaeology, Anthropology, Historical Archaeology and related fields of endeavor in an effort to preserve the archaeological and historical sites of Nevada; to record sites and preserve the artifacts of those sites endangered by development; to encourage public interest, education and involvement in the responsibilities of archaeological and historical preservation in Nevada and elsewhere; to encourage both professionals and amateurs to make public the results of their efforts by publishing a journal, the Nevada Archaeologist; and to encourage and assist the many amateur collectors, treasure hunters and tohers in the responsible recording of their finds, all to the benefit of the collectors, the professionals, and the future generations of Nevadans.
    Members can join one of a number of chapters or affiliates:
Churchill County Chapter, Elko County Chapter, Lincoln County Chapter, White Pine Historical and Archaeological Society, Am-Arcs of Nevada, Archaeo Nevada Society or a Member-at-Large.

    Membership is open to any person interested in archaeology and its allied sciences, upon written application and payment of dues. Applicants are asked to sign a Code of Ethics, agreeing to:

  • 1. Uphold the purpose and intent of the NAA.
  • 2. Adhere to all antiquites laws.
  • 3. Seek the advice, consent and assistancd of professionals in archaeology and/or history in dealing with artifacts, sites and other materials relating to antiquities.
  • 4. Assist professionals and educators in accomplishing the objectives of the NAA.
  • 5. Be a personal envoy of the NAA and responsible for conducting themselves in a manner so as to protect the integrity of the artifacts, sites, or other material.

Some Interesting Places - Check these out!

Northeastern Nevada Museum
The Museum in Elko on Idaho Street has some wonderful exhibits of history, prehistory, natural history, wildlife dioramas and western art. Stop in and see them.

National Park Service Discover History

Nevada Archaeological Association
A good place to find out what is going on around the state.

California Trail Interpretive Center - Elko, Nevada

Internet Archaeology
An e-journal for archaeology. Is indexed by the British and Irish Archaeological Bibliography and the International Bibliography of the Social Sciences.

Nevada Dept. of Cultural Affairs
Past and current cultural things and events in Nevada.

Nevada Rock Art FoundationWorking for the Conservation of Nevada's Rock Art Heritage.

Nevada State Historic Preservation Office
Check out the Site Stewardship program and other Historic Preservation things going on in Nevada.

Questions and Comments

Tim Murphy is a retired, professional archaeologist, board member and advisor for the association.

If you have any questions or comments you would like addressed, you can reach him at: (775) 738-6269 email:


ECCNAA(Elko County Chapter Nevada Archaeological Association) is a group of people who are interested in Nevada's history and prehistory. The chapter formed as a part of NAA(Nevada Archaeological Association) back in 1991. We invite anyone and everyone who is interested in history and prehistory and who is willing to sign the Code of Ethics to Protect and Preserve our History and Prehistory! Membership in the Elko County Chapter of the Nevada Archaeological Association includes membership in the statewide organization, Nevada Archaeological Association and includes receiving their newsletter, the In-Situ and the annual publication, The Nevada Archaeologist.

For a membership application, check here Membership Application and/or Renewal

    The Elko County Chapter Code of Ethics are:
  • 1. Uphold the purpose and intent of NAA.
  • 2. Adhere to all antiquities laws
  • 3. Seek the advice, consent and asistance of professions in archaeology and/or history in dealing with artifacts, sites and other materials relating to antiquities.
  • 4. Assist professionals and educations in accomplishing the objects of the Association.
  • 5. Be a personal envoy of NAA (Elko County Chapter) and responsible for conducting oneself in a manner that protects the integrity of the artifacts, sites and other material.

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