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 >>
For three decades, Archaeology Southwest has practiced a holistic, conservation-based approach to exploring the places of the past. We call this Preservation Archaeology. By exploring what makes a place special, sharing this knowledge in innovative ways, and enacting flexible site protection strategies, we foster meaningful connections to the past and respectfully safeguard its irreplaceable resources. more »

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Honeybee Reconstruction by Rob Ciaccio
By Kate Sarther Gann, Communications Coordinator   I’m on a mission. My colleagues at Archaeology Southwest have heard this one before. They seem to appreciate my stance, so [...] more »

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    Archaeology Café (Phoenix): How Hohokam Canals Changed My Life
    October 21, 2014 5:30 pm

    On October 21, 2014, Dr. Jerry Howard (Arizona Museum of Natural History) will explain how he became the leading expert on irrigation canals built and maintained by the Hohokam people of ancient Arizona. Archaeology Café is an informal forum where adults can learn more about the Southwest’s deep history and speak directly to experts. We […]

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    Why the Past Matters
    October 25, 2014 12:00 pm

    In partnership with the Western National Parks Association, Archaeology Southwest announces a series of four lectures, “You Are Here: Understanding Who Came Before Us in This Place (and Why That Matters).” In our final presentation, archaeologists Bill Doelle and Jeff Clark will explore themes relevant to our community today: descendant communities; heritage and place; and […]

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