Pueblo Bonito and Pueblo Alto in Chaco Canyon with prehistoric roads.


Oil Development and the Chacoan Landscape
Archaeology Southwest has joined a broad coalition of experts seeking protections for places in the Chacoan landscape threatened by oil and gas extraction from the Mancos Shale formation. Image © Adriel Heisey. All rights reserved. more >>
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Preservation Archaeology:
Exegesis of a Southwestern Archaeologist, Part 2
Steve Nash and Carmen Carrasco
By Steve Nash, Anthropology Department Chair, Denver Museum of Nature & Science Read Part 1 here. Neanderthals and Tree-Rings Sometime in mid-August 1988, I flew to Tucson on [...] more »

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    Archaeology Café (Tucson): Chuska Valley Revisited
    November 4, 2014 5:30 pm

    On November 4, 2014, Paul F. Reed (Archaeology Southwest) will present “The Chuska Valley Revisited.” Paul will discuss recent work in this valley of northwestern New Mexico in light of research he undertook more than a decade ago. Archaeology Café is an informal forum where adults can learn more about the Southwest’s deep history and […]

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    Allen Demonstrates Flintknapping
    Fall Festival at Steam Pump Ranch
    November 8, 2014 9:00 am

    Visit with Archaeology Southwest’s ancient technology expert, Allen Denoyer, on Saturday, November 8, 2014, at Oro Valley’s Fall Festival at Steam Pump Ranch. Allen will demonstrate how ancient people made stone tools and discuss work on our experimental Hohokam pithouse, which is located at Steam Pump Ranch.

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