Protecting Places for Future Generations

You understand the ongoing threats to the archaeological record in the Southwest, and you show your confidence in our ability to protect these important places through your generous year-end contributions. Thank you!

Chaco Cultural Heritage Area Protection Act of 2019 Passes

The bill has passed the U.S. House of Representatives and is headed to the Senate. Archaeology Southwest joins a host of conservation organizations in strongly supporting this legislation.

Archaeology Southwest Supports Casa Grande Expansion

On 10/24/19, a bipartisan group of AZ lawmakers introduced the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument Boundary Modification Act.

Aztec, Salmon, and the Puebloan Heartland of the Middle San Juan

has been named a finalist for the New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards. Congratulations to editors Paul Reed and Gary Brown! Hear Paul speak about Aztec and Salmon at Archaeology Café on 4/7/20.

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.

Featured Place: Painted Rock Petroglyph Site

Experience thousands of petroglyphs covering nearly 600 boulders when you visit the Painted Rock Petroglyph Site, approximately 90 miles southwest of Phoenix.


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

Enigmatic and Endangered: Cultural and Natural Wonders of Greater Grand Staircase-Escalante

“Remote, wild, sprawling, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument defies imagination. Its spectacular landscape bears witness to the oldest time of our planet, to the oldest human habitation on the Colorado Plateau, and to what often feel like the oldest debates about America’s public lands.”
— From the foreword by Nicole Croft, Executive Director, Grand Staircase Escalante Partners

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From Our Blog

When Two Worlds Collide

Jaye S. Smith, Robinson Collection Project Volunteer Co-Team Leader (November 25, 2019)—Before my passion for archaeological research could take root, I spent 32 years traveling the world to serv...

Why Should We Care about the Past?

We're very pleased to share this guest post by our friend Jonathan Bailey. Jonathan is a photographer specializing in conservation, cultural resources, and public land. He is also the author of Rock A...