Archaeology Southwest Applauds Release of Interior Department Report

The report calls for reforming federal oil and gas leasing and closer consideration of heritage resources.

Chaco Protection Zone Comes Closer to Being a Reality

Paul Reed: "After so many years of effort from the Pueblos and their allies, we are gratified by President Biden and Secretary Haaland’s announcement today to withdraw public lands around Chaco Canyon from future oil and gas leasing."

President Biden Restores Protections for Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante

Doelle: “[A] concrete demonstration of the Biden Administration’s stated commitment to listen to Tribes, respect ancestral lands, preserve heritage, & be guided by science.”

Now Hiring: Director, Tribal Collaboration Initiative

Archaeology Southwest seeks an individual with proven success in building meaningful and powerful collaborative relationships with Native American Tribes and Nations.

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.

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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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Footprints in the Middle San Juan

The Middle San Juan region lies midway between Chaco Canyon and the Greater Mesa Verde region. As the Middle San Juan developed through the Pueblo era, it became a cultural middle ground, as well. At present, much of our understanding of the region in its heyday is anchored in the great house communities known as Salmon Ruins (Salmon Pueblo) and Aztec Ruins (Aztec Community).


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Hands-On Archaeology: How to Make a Cruciform

Allen Denoyer, Preservation Archaeologist and Ancient Technologies Expert (January 14, 2022)—Cruciforms are artifacts people made by flaking and then grinding stone. In the Southwest, archaeologi...

On Archaeology: Shannon Cowell

Here is the latest essay in our “On Archaeology” series, in which some of our staff reflect on what they thought archaeology was, how they see it now, and what they think archaeology should be or ...