Who We Are: Our Mission and Goals

Our Mission

Archaeology Southwest is a private 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization headquartered in Tucson, Arizona.

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.

Come along as we learn more about how people lived in these arid environments, how and why cultures changed through time, and what has endured.

Support our low-impact investigations, which rely on existing archaeological data and minimal or no excavation at sites that aren’t threatened right now.

Experience the sights and sounds of the past as never before through our innovative online exhibits.

Connect with the latest research and news in southwestern archaeology through our website, newsletters, and award-winning quarterly magazine.

Help us protect archaeological sites and cultural landscapes throughout the Southwest by supporting our powerful conservation toolkit, advocacy initiatives, and community and institutional partnerships.

We are making a difference. By looking forward and acting now, we are achieving protections and creating meaningful connections between people and history that will benefit generations to come.

Join us today. We’re making a difference—and you can, too.

For a more comprehensive look at our goals and methods of achieving them, review our 2010 strategic plan.

To follow our progress since our inception, check out our annual reports and this historical overview.