Good News for the Proposed Chaco Protection Zone

On Nov. 17, 2022, U.S. Senator Ben Ray Luján and Congresswoman Teresa Leger Fernandez jointly reintroduced the Chaco Cultural Heritage Area Protection Act.

Because Places Matter to People

Read our 2021 Annual Report to learn what we accomplished in our 35th year.

A New Pithouse for the Presidio

Allen Denoyer and helpers have just completed construction on a new replica pithouse.

NEW REPORT: Oil & Gas Extraction Threatens Heritage Places

Archaeology Southwest & The Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks released a report on the threats posed to lands within and adjacent to US national parks.

Now Showing: Protecting Chaco's 10-Mile Zone

We are pleased to announce the public premiere of “Protecting Chaco’s 10-Mile Zone,” a mini-documentary produced by Paul Reed and Archaeology Southwest, and filmed and edited by Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist David Wallace.

Camp Naco Is on 11 Most Endangered List

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is raising awareness of Camp Naco's significance and place in a complex history.

Preservation Archaeology in the Classroom

Break down barriers, inspire better conversations, and strengthen the future of Preservation Archaeology when you explore and share our free and low-cost resources for educators.


Archaeology Southwest practices Preservation Archaeology, a holistic 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.

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Revisiting Birds in the Southwest

Fifteen years have passed since we released one of our most popular issues, “Birds in the Southwest.” Since then, much has changed in avian archaeology in the United States Southwest and Mexican Northwest. In this issue, we offer readers a state-of-the-field view of bird research.


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From Our Blog

Why I No Longer Call It “Art”

Aaron Wright, Preservation Anthropologist (March 9, 2023)—I’ve been thinking about the power of words, especially those pertaining to petroglyphs and pictographs, for quite some time. With th...

There’s the Buff!

Aaron Wright, Preservation Anthropologist (March 3, 2023)—A few years ago I shared thoughts and information as I began a journey into the world of Patayan pottery, namely the “Lower Colorado ...