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.

Applications Now Open for the 2024 Preservation Archaeology Field School

The program is offered by Archaeology Southwest, Western New Mexico University, and the University of Arizona, June 19–July 30.

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.

Archaeology Café 2023–2024: Nourishing Body, Soul, and Earth

Savor recent developments in the understanding and practice of North America’s Traditional Foods and Foodways at the 16th season of Archaeology Café. From archaeological evidence of culinary practices to modern-day farming and food sovereignty, there will be something for every palate!

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

Love of the Gila: Reflections on Millennia of Life in the Southern Southwest

Dedicated to the memory of Juanita Ahill, a Tohono O’odham Elder who mentored Bill in the 1970s. Retiring founder and CEO Bill Doelle offers a special personal edition of the magazine that is his love letter to the southern Southwest.


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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...

Report on Orphaned and Abandoned Oil-Gas Wells

Paul F. Reed, New Mexico Director and Preservation Archaeologist  (March 26, 2024)—Our recent report on orphaned and abandoned wells in the US highlights the grave threat they pose to irreplaceabl...