Keep abreast of current issues relating to archaeology, including recent and pending legislation at the state and federal levels. The Society for American Archaeology (SAA) website is an excellent starting point. Your state's historic preservation office website is another source of information about local developments (see a complete list of state offices on the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers website).
Become an advocate
Join your local archaeological society. For links to societies for all 50 states and the District of Columbia, visit the "Societies and Associations" page on the SAA website.
Become a site steward. Many local archaeological societies, as well as various federal agencies, have site-stewardship programs, which train volunteers to monitor and document the condition of archaeological sites, including damage caused by natural forces, visitation, and vandalism.
Write your elected officials about matters related to the protection and preservation of archaeological resources.
Promote public education
Initiate or support efforts in your local community to educate children and adults about the irreplaceable nature of archaeological resources, the benefits to be derived through professional research, and the need to respect, protect, and preserve our collective cultural heritage.