Now Showing: Protecting Chaco's 10-Mile Zone

We are pleased to announce the public premiere of “Protecting Chaco’s 10-Mile Zone,” a mini-documentary produced by Paul Reed and Archaeology Southwest, and filmed and edited by Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist David Wallace.

Camp Naco Is on 11 Most Endangered List

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is raising awareness of Camp Naco's significance and place in a complex history.

Archaeology Southwest Applauds Release of Interior Department Report

The report calls for reforming federal oil and gas leasing and closer consideration of heritage resources.

REPORT: Tribal Expertise Must Inform BLM Decision-Making

Archaeology Southwest has released a new paper on the impact of the federal government’s broken oil and gas system on the West’s irreplaceable cultural resources and sacred sites.

NSF Award Will Power Up cyberSW 2.0

A 4-member Tribal Work Group will ensure that the expanded platform helps define and support Tribal interests and concerns.

Preservation Archaeology in the Classroom

Break down barriers, inspire better conversations, and strengthen the future of Preservation Archaeology when you explore and share our free and low-cost resources for educators.

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Archaeology Southwest practices Preservation Archaeology, a holistic and conservation-based approach to exploring and protecting heritage places while honoring their diverse values. We compile archaeological information, make it accessible and understandable, share it with the public and decision-makers, advocate for landscape-scale protection, and steward heritage properties and conservation easements.

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Footprints in the Middle San Juan

The Middle San Juan region lies midway between Chaco Canyon and the Greater Mesa Verde region. As the Middle San Juan developed through the Pueblo era, it became a cultural middle ground, as well. At present, much of our understanding of the region in its heyday is anchored in the great house communities known as Salmon Ruins (Salmon Pueblo) and Aztec Ruins (Aztec Community).

 

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From Our Blog

Lower Gila Topophilia

Aaron M. Wright, Preservation Archaeologist (May 12, 2022)—This month marks five years since I had the honor to announce the addition of the Fleming Parcel to Archaeology Southwest’s portfoli...

Camp Naco Is Back in the News

Bill Doelle, President & CEO (May 4, 2022)—I have spent nearly five decades in southern Arizona. That’s long enough to gain a realistic perspective on the pace of preservation advocacy. S...