The mission of the Society for the Advancement of Archeology and Recovery and Preservation of Historical Artifacts (S.A.A.R.P.H.A) is to expand understanding and appreciation of past societies through systematic investigation of archaeological records, stewardship of archaeological resources, public and professional education, promotion of research, and the dissemination and enhancement of ancient history awareness.

Distinguished scholars and erudites to some, glorified looters and grave robbers to most, due to the organisation’s unpronounceable name and the nature of their trade, all have taken to colloquially refer to its members simply as «the Spades».

Spades

The Spades

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