Breaking News: The Chaco Cultural Heritage Area Protection Act

Read our statement supporting the Chaco Cultural Heritage Area Protection Act of 2018, introduced by New Mexico Senators Udall and Heinrich on May 22.

Now Online: The Salmon Pueblo Archaeological Research Collection

Together with our partners, we are pleased to announce the Salmon Pueblo Archaeological Research Collection (SPARC) online archive.

Calling All Volunteers

Would you like to help us prepare a collection for curation? Apply today to volunteer for the Raymond F. Robinson Project, starting this September.

Statement on Shash Jáa National Monument and Indian Creek National Monument Act (H.R. 4532)

Submitted to the House Natural Resources Federal Lands Subcommittee Hearing on January 9, 2018.

Bears Ears: Vulnerable Places

Photographer Jonathan Bailey shares a few of the places that are now made vulnerable by the president’s illegal near-revocation.

Broad Coalition Sues to Stop Trump Administration's Unlawful Dismemberment of the Bears Ears National Monument.

Archaeology Southwest Goes to Court to Defend the Antiquities Act and Stand with Bears Ears. Image: R. E. Burrillo.

Featured Place: Tonto National Monument

Explore the upper and lower cliff dwellings of Tonto National Monument in central Arizona. Image courtesy of the NPS.


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

Sacred and Threatened

Authors in this special edition of Archaeology Southwest Magazine have strong personal, spiritual, cultural, professional, and intellectual connections to the Bears Ears region. Although they might have differing views on the monument itself, they are all committed to respectful preservation of the natural and cultural landscapes of Bears Ears.

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From Our Blog

Reaching out

Stacy Ryan, Preservation Archaeologist (July 20, 2018)—As William Lipe’s writings continue to remind new generations of archaeologists, public outreach is a key component in conservation arch...

Learning about Tree-Ring Dating

Devlin Lewis, University of Arizona (July 16, 2018)—As a student employee of the Arizona State Museum, I already have a bit of experience handling archaeological material after it has been excava...