Statement on Shash Jáa National Monument and Indian Creek National Monument Act (H.R. 4532)

Submitted to the House Natural Resources Federal Lands Subcommittee Hearing on January 9, 2018.

Bears Ears: Vulnerable Places

Photographer Jonathan Bailey shares a few of the places that are now made vulnerable by the president’s illegal near-revocation.

Broad Coalition Sues to Stop Trump Administration's Unlawful Dismemberment of the Bears Ears National Monument.

Archaeology Southwest Goes to Court to Defend the Antiquities Act and Stand with Bears Ears. Image: R. E. Burrillo.

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Featured Place: Tonto National Monument

Explore the upper and lower cliff dwellings of Tonto National Monument in central Arizona. Image courtesy of the NPS.


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

Sacred and Threatened

Authors in this special edition of Archaeology Southwest Magazine have strong personal, spiritual, cultural, professional, and intellectual connections to the Bears Ears region. Although they might have differing views on the monument itself, they are all committed to respectful preservation of the natural and cultural landscapes of Bears Ears.

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Plant and Animal Use in the Mimbres

Karen Schollmeyer, Preservation Archaeologist (March 22, 2018)—One thing I enjoy about working at Archaeology Southwest is the opportunities we have to share new research beyond the specialized...

Michael Harner’s Early Years as an Archaeologist (In Memoriam)

Aaron Wright, Preservation Archaeologist (March 16, 2018)—Just a few weeks ago we lost one of the pioneers of Patayan archaeology. Michael Harner, who passed away on February 3 at the age of 88...