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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.

Sign up for a Hands-On Class

Explore our selection of recently announced Hands-On Archaeology classes. Learn how to make an atlatl, shell pendant, bone awl, or projectile point when you sign up today!


Archaeology Southwest has been very pleased to partner with our friends at the Cascabel Conservation Association to protect Baicatcan, formerly the Taylor parcel.

Announcing cyberSW

Archaeology Southwest is pleased to announce that a new joint initiative, cyberSW, has received a $1.7 million award through the National Science Foundation’s RIDIR program.

Prestigious NEH Award

The $175,000 grant will help fund The Lower Gila River Ethnographic and Archaeological Project, an interdisciplinary humanities program directed by Preservation Archaeologist Aaron Wright. Image: Elias Butler.

Featured Place: Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument

Explore Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument in New Mexico.

The Meaning of Monument

Aaron Wright considers what rock art in and around Bears Ears National Monument tells us about people's lives across that landscape over millennia. Image: Jonathan Bailey.

Featured Place: Painted Rock Petroglyph Site

Explore a rock art wonderland southwest of Phoenix, 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.

Current Magazine

Phoenix Underground

Contributors to this new issue in our “Underground” series share archaeology in and around Phoenix, Arizona. Previous cities in the series include Tucson and Santa Fe.

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From Our Blog

Hands-On Archaeology: How to Build a Pithouse

Allen Denoyer, Archaeology Southwest, and Gary Owens, Huhugam Ki Museum, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (January 16, 2018)—In fall 2017, at Museum Director Gary Owens’s invitation, A...

Some Monumental Issues

Bill Lipe, Professor Emeritus, Washington State University (January 8, 2018)—I’ve been involved with the archaeology of the Bears Ears area for more than 50 years, and I actively support Presid...