REPORT: Tribal Expertise Must Inform BLM Decision-Making

Archaeology Southwest has released a new paper on the impact of the federal government’s broken oil and gas system on the West’s irreplaceable cultural resources and sacred sites.

NSF Award Will Power Up cyberSW 2.0

A 4-member Tribal Work Group will ensure that the expanded platform helps define and support Tribal interests and concerns.

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.

Leasing Pause Is Important

Paul Reed's statement: “Places that are sacred to these communities, including Chaco Canyon, Bears Ears, and Chimney Rock National Monument, were all threatened by reckless oil and gas leasing proposals. ...This decision to pause leasing is a much-needed first step.”


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

Respect the Land You Stand Upon

This double issue explores the hows and whys of ending and responding to archaeological resource crime (ARC) on Tribal lands. We are particularly honored to share the perspectives of members of seven different Tribes, some of whom are Tribal cultural resource managers. All speak to the very real toll ARC takes on Tribal communities.

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From Our Blog

Mimbres Architecture (and Tucson Neighborhoods)

Karen Schollmeyer, Preservation Archaeologist and Director, Preservation Archaeology Field School (September 14, 2021)—Household architecture has always carried meaning, now and in the ancient ...

What’s the Point: Folsom Technology, 12,800 to 10,200 BP

This is the third post in a new series called "What's the Point?" Allen Denoyer and other stone tool experts will be exploring various aspects of technologies and traditions. Allen Denoyer, Preserv...