Tribal Co-Management: What Works Where and How?

Our third Preservation Archaeology Position Paper offers a basic rationale, grounded in legal and moral principles, for pursuing Tribal Co-Management (TCM) in conjunction with Tribes’ political and cultural representatives.

Tribes and Archaeology Southwest Sue USBLM over SunZia Transmission Line Route

On January 17, 2024, the San Carlos Apache Tribe & the Tohono O’odham Nation, joined by Archaeology Southwest & the Center for Biological Diversity, filed suit.

Archaeology Southwest Welcomes Stephen E. Nash as New President & CEO

The Board of Directors and Staff of Archaeology Southwest are delighted to announce that Dr. Stephen E. (Steve) Nash will be the organization’s next President & CEO.

Chaco Short Wins Emmy

On November 4, the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences awarded an Emmy to the short documentary film “Protecting Chaco’s 10-Mile Zone,” produced by Archaeology Southwest and David Wallace Visuals.

Read Our 2022 Annual Report

Learn more about what you helped Archaeology Southwest achieve in 2022!

A Model for Tribal Collaboration at Archaeology Southwest

Our recent strategic plan identified an urgent need for this model, which was subsequently (and eloquently) developed by Ashleigh Thompson and Skylar Begay. We’re bringing the precepts of good relationships—including responsibility and reciprocity—to our work and our time together as a staff.

Our Living Land Acknowledgment

We respect the rights and responsibilities of Indigenous Peoples to manage and steward their lands and legacies. We support preservation efforts led by Tribes, and commit to ever-greater inclusion, consultation, and collaboration with Tribal members, communities, and Nations in the study and conservation of their Ancestors’ legacies.


Archaeology Southwest practices Preservation Archaeology, a holistic, collaborative, and conservation-based approach to exploring and protecting heritage places while honoring their diverse values. We compile archaeological information, make it accessible and understandable, share it with the public and decision-makers, advocate for landscape-scale protection, and steward heritage properties and conservation easements. We are committed to real and ongoing collaboration with Indigenous communities.

Current Magazine

Better For It: Archaeology Conceived in Collaboration with Community

This issue is a companion to our 2022–2023 season of Archaeology Café (videos on our YouTube channel). Contributors explore the challenges, scope, and rewards of collaborative archaeology. They share a vision of how collaboration will transform archaeology and carry communities’ stories into the future.


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A New Kind of Archaeology

Learn more about our work to ensure that people’s histories in the land endure well into the future.

From Our Blog

Celebrating Field School Alumni in 2024

Karen Gust Schollmeyer, Preservation Archaeologist and Director, Preservation Archaeology Field School (April 24, 2024)—Spring is traditionally a time for celebrating new beginnings, and many of ...

Easing into the Big Easy: Where to Find Archaeology Southwest at the 2024 SAA Conference

Sara Anderson, Director of Outreach (April 2, 2024)—When planning a trip to New Orleans, most people envision the vibrant music scene, mouthwatering Creole and Cajun cuisines, and lively festival...