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.


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. Our headquarters are located on the Homelands of the Tohono O’odham Nation and the lands of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe.

Current Magazine

Better For It: Archaeology Conceived in Collaboration with Community

This issue is a companion to our 2022–2023 season of Archaeology Café (videos on our YouTube channel). Contributors explore the challenges, scope, and rewards of collaborative archaeology. They share a vision of how collaboration will transform archaeology and carry communities’ stories into the future.


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A New Kind of Archaeology

Learn more about our work to ensure that people’s histories in the land endure well into the future.

From Our Blog

Celebrating the First Anniversary of the Greater Chaco Land Withdrawal

Paul F. Reed, New Mexico State Director Preservation Archaeologist (June 10, 2024)—On the one-year anniversary of the administrative withdrawal of Federal lands in the 10-mile zone around Chaco Ca...

Hands-On Archaeology: Let’s Straighten Something Out

Meet the mighty shaft straightener! Allen Denoyer, Ancient Technologies Expert (June 4, 2024)—People used these ground stone tools to straighten wood or reeds used to make arrow shafts. The shaft ...