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.

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.

An Important Victory

Congressional spending bill includes protections for Greater Chaco.


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

Pecos Pueblo, a Place of Persistence

“Pecos Pueblo has never been forgotten. As the early rays of the morning sun reach the house tops at Jemez Pueblo, the people greet the sun with corn meal in hand, calling upon the spirits of our Pecos Ancestors that reside at Pecos Pueblo.” —From Chris Toya, Jemez Pueblo

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Connect to the Southwest’s Deep Past—Free and Online

People have been living in this part of the world for 13,000 years.

Learn more about people’s lives on these landscapes through our online resources. Don’t know where to start? Use our curated guide to help you explore. In addition to video talks, poster presentations, and fact sheets, we are now offering a free, monthly PDF download of Archaeology Southwest Magazine. For August, please enjoy 2017’s “Phoenix Underground.”


From Our Blog

An Introduction to the Study of Ancient Ground Stone

Tessa Branyan, Desert Archaeology, Inc. (July 30, 2020)—In archaeology, we classify many stone tools that we find as “ground stone” objects. Ground stone objects can be almost any stone or mi...

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

Aaron Wright, Preservation Archaeologist (July 28, 2020)—Several years ago, I shared the research I was carrying out on the petroglyphs at Taliesin West, acclaimed architect Frank Lloyd Wright...