Greater Chaco Must Receive Permanent Protections

Although BLM has just deferred nine oil-gas lease areas in the ten-mile cultural protection zone around Chaco and one of its outliers, Archaeology Southwest and its partners insist on tribal consultation and permanent protection. Image courtesy of EcoFlight.

The Southwest’s Landscapes Matter–and So Does Your Support

Your generous year-end gift will help continue our work to explore and protect the places of our past. Photo © Paul Vanderveen

Acoma Perspectives on Greater Chaco

Archaeology Southwest has received a grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation to support the Pueblo of Acoma Preservation Study of the Greater Chaco Landscape.

Now Online: The Salmon Pueblo Archaeological Research Collection

Together with our partners, we are pleased to announce the Salmon Pueblo Archaeological Research Collection (SPARC) online archive.

Calling All Volunteers

Would you like to help us prepare a collection for curation? Apply today to volunteer for the Raymond F. Robinson Project, starting this September.


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

Tucson Underground

This issue explores communities in the Tucson Basin across some 4,000 years. The region is part of the traditional territory of the O’odham people, who have been here since time immemorial. The Spanish place name Tucson is in fact derived from the O’odham S-cuk Son, “at the base of the black hill,” also known today as Sentinel Peak—Tucson’s birthplace. Ancestors of today’s O’odham people ranged, settled, and farmed this land, from the deep past into the historic era.

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(Yet) Another Southwest: Incipient Preservation Archaeology in Southwest Ethiopia

John R. Welch, Landscape and Site Preservation Program Director (February 15, 2019)—What is it that keeps push-pulling me toward the equator and setting sun? My earliest engagements with archae...

How You Can Help Protect Heritage Sites

Stacy Ryan, Preservation Archaeologist (December 19, 2018)—“How much money can I get if I find artifacts while I’m out hiking?” I occasionally hear some variation of this troubling qu...