About the Archaeological Land Trust of Nova Scotia
Protecting Nova Scotia’s Archaeological Resources





What does ALTNS do?

ALTNS is dedicated to protecting one of Nova Scotia’s most precious non-renewable resources – archaeological sites - for all Nova Scotians. To achieve this goal, ALTNS pursues land ownership, conservation agreements and cooperative agreements with landowners. ALTNS works with landowners to protect significant archaeological sites throughout the province. Read more about our Land Protection Tools here.

These sites are detailed records of the culture of the people that lived there. ALTNS makes sure they will be available for our children and grandchildren to study and enjoy.

Why save archaeological sites?

Nova Scotia truly has a rich and varied history, dating back thousands of years. But very little of Nova Scotia’s archaeological resources have been studied. Every year, dozens of archaeological sites in Nova Scotia are lost forever, along with the irreplaceable information that they contain. ALTNS protects these sites by acquiring the land on which they rest, thereby preserving them for posterity.

ALTNS was formed to actively protect sites that are an important part of our shared history, and that are not fully protected by the government. By identifying important archaeological sites across Nova Scotia and working with land owners to establish perpetual protection for these lands, the Archaeological Land Trust of Nova Scotia is fulfilling an important role in preserving Nova Scotia’s history.

How does ALTNS raise funds?

Our main source of funding is our members, as well as contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations. We may also have special fundraising events in communities to help purchase local archaeological sites.


How can you help?

Join the Nova Scotians from across the Province who demonstrate their concern for Nova Scotia's heritage through their membership with the Archaeological Land Trust of Nova Scotia, the only non-profit organization preserving endangered archaeological sites in Atlantic Canada. With your membership fee or donation of $30 or more, we can save more of Nova Scotia’s cultural treasures.