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.”

Join Us in Welcoming Wyss Fellow Skylar Begay

As Archaeology Southwest’s Tribal Outreach Fellow, Mr. Begay will play a key role in planning and implementing an initiative to establish the Great Bend of the Gila National Conservation Area.

Connecting to the Past, and to One Another

At this year's end, your gift will ensure we keep inspiring a global community of individuals who are continuing to learn, explore, and connect with the past.

Archaeology Southwest Applauds Congresswoman Haaland’s Nomination as Secretary of the Interior

Archaeology Southwest welcomes and strongly supports Representative Haaland’s nomination.

From Our House to Yours

The 14th season of Archaeology Café celebrates and shares our current Preservation Archaeology projects with you.

NEH Award Funds Tribal Petroglyphs Team

Following on recent field research, specialists from the Fort Yuma Quechan Indian Tribe will begin an analysis and compilation project with Archaeology Southwest.

A message to our friends and supporters

Out of sincere concern for your safety and welfare, as well as that of our community, we are temporarily closing our physical offices until further notice. Your online donations, membership gifts, and PDF purchases are greatly appreciated, and we look forward to working on new ways to connect with you during these challenging times.


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

‘Iihor Kwsnavk: Connecting and Collaborating in the Great Bend of the Gila

‘Iihor kwsnavk (pronounced Ee-hór quisnáh-vick) means “story of long ago” to the Kwatsáan. It is also a Piipaash place-name in the Great Bend of the Gila. This issue of Archaeology Southwest Magazine shares the story of how the Quechan (Kwatsáan) Tribe of the Fort Yuma Reservation and Archaeology Southwest are collaborating to help protect this fragile ancestral landscape.

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From Our Blog

Think Before You Bolt That Rock

Shannon Cowell, Preservation Archaeologist (April 15, 2021)—Two people climb the same stretch of a sandstone cliff face in eastern Utah. Centuries stand between them. Both climbers pause at the s...

The Legacy of Marshall Sahlins…Southwestern Archaeologist?

Erin Baxter, Denver Museum of Nature & Science (April 13, 2021)—Marshall Sahlins (1930–2021) passed on Monday, April 5. Sahlins was a giant in cultural anthropology, and his caliber and inf...