Voice your support for this special landscape

Calling all Arizona residents! Please contact Senators Sinema and Kelly to share your support for a Great Bend of the Gila National Conservation Area (NCA).

Leasing Pause Is Important

Paul Reed's statement: “Places that are sacred to these communities, including Chaco Canyon, Bears Ears, and Chimney Rock National Monument, were all threatened by reckless oil and gas leasing proposals. ...This decision to pause leasing is a much-needed first step.”

Join Us in Welcoming Wyss Fellow Skylar Begay

As Archaeology Southwest’s Tribal Outreach Fellow, Mr. Begay will play a key role in planning and implementing an initiative to establish the Great Bend of the Gila National Conservation Area.


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.

Current Magazine

‘Iihor Kwsnavk: Connecting and Collaborating in the Great Bend of the Gila

‘Iihor kwsnavk (pronounced Ee-hór quisnáh-vick) means “story of long ago” to the Kwatsáan. It is also a Piipaash place-name in the Great Bend of the Gila. This issue of Archaeology Southwest Magazine shares the story of how the Quechan (Kwatsáan) Tribe of the Fort Yuma Reservation and Archaeology Southwest are collaborating to help protect this fragile ancestral landscape.

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Connect to the Southwest’s Deep Past—Free and Online

People have been living in this part of the world for 13,000 years.

Learn more about people’s lives on these landscapes through our online resources. Don’t know where to start? Use our curated guide to help you explore.


From Our Blog

Think Before You Bolt That Rock

Shannon Cowell, Preservation Archaeologist (April 15, 2021)—Two people climb the same stretch of a sandstone cliff face in eastern Utah. Centuries stand between them. Both climbers pause at the s...

The Legacy of Marshall Sahlins…Southwestern Archaeologist?

Erin Baxter, Denver Museum of Nature & Science (April 13, 2021)—Marshall Sahlins (1930–2021) passed on Monday, April 5. Sahlins was a giant in cultural anthropology, and his caliber and inf...