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Acoma Perspectives on Greater Chaco

Archaeology Southwest has received a grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation to support the Pueblo of Acoma Preservation Study of the Greater Chaco Landscape.

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.


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.

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Chacoan Archaeology at the 21st Century

Even after more than 100 years of scrutiny and debate, Chaco still captivates archaeologists and the public like few other places in the Southwest. The Chaco World is still being studied at all scales and perspectives, and with new scientific and analytical methods. And in today’s era of expanding oil and gas exploration, the greater Chaco landscape is being defended by coalitions of descendant tribal groups, archaeologists, legislators, and other conservation-minded stakeholders.

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From Our Blog

How You Can Help Protect Heritage Sites

Stacy Ryan, Preservation Archaeologist (December 19, 2018)—“How much money can I get if I find artifacts while I’m out hiking?” I occasionally hear some variation of this troubling qu...

Life in the Cliff Valley, 1300-1450

Our guest author for this post is undergraduate Chris LaRoche. Chris received his Associate’s Degree from Pima Community College’s archaeology program, and also attended the Preservation Archaeolo...