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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.”


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

Respect the Land You Stand Upon

This double issue explores the hows and whys of ending and responding to archaeological resource crime (ARC) on Tribal lands. We are particularly honored to share the perspectives of members of seven different Tribes, some of whom are Tribal cultural resource managers. All speak to the very real toll ARC takes on Tribal communities.

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From Our Blog

Arqueología: Entendiendo nuestro pasado para abrazar nuestro futuro

Josué Cortijo Contreras, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Mr. Cortijo Contreras is bilingual. He offers an English-language version of this post following the Spanish. (22 Junio 2021)...

The Transcendent Experience of Preservation Archaeology

Ruijie Yao, University of Arizona Mr. Yao’s first language is Mandarin. (June 17, 2021)—I have trained as a Mediterranean archaeologist, so Southwestern archaeology and its field methods are...