New Report on Bears Ears Archaeology

Archaeology Southwest and the Friends of Cedar Mesa are pleased to announce the release of Bears Ears Archaeological Experts Gathering: Assessing and Looking Ahead. Image: R. E. Burrillo.

Announcing cyberSW

Archaeology Southwest is pleased to announce that a new joint initiative, cyberSW, has received a $1.7 million award through the National Science Foundation’s RIDIR program.

Prestigious NEH Award

The $175,000 grant will help fund The Lower Gila River Ethnographic and Archaeological Project, an interdisciplinary humanities program directed by Preservation Archaeologist Aaron Wright. Image: Elias Butler.

The Meaning of Monument

Aaron Wright considers what rock art in and around Bears Ears National Monument tells us about people's lives across that landscape over millennia. Image: Jonathan Bailey.

Featured Place: Painted Rock Petroglyph Site

Explore a rock art wonderland southwest of Phoenix, Arizona.

Featured Place: Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument

Explore Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument in Central New Mexico.


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.

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Mimbres Preservation, Pithouses, Pueblos, and Pottery

Issue editors Patricia A. Gilman and Roger Anyon and contributors show how preservation intersects with the cutting edges of Mimbres archaeology today.

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From Our Blog

A Target, or a Shield?

Bill Doelle, President & CEO (August 23, 2017)—A giant target hovers over Bears Ears National Monument. And many are gathered to cast their darts. Some, with fierce intention, will aim at t...

Goings-On at the Pitchfork Ranch

Our most recent issue of Archaeology Southwest Magazine featured discussions of a number of archaeological sites preserved by private landowners in southwest New Mexico, as well as by other agencies a...