Archaeology Southwest is a private 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization headquartered in Tucson, Arizona, on the homelands of the Tohono O’odham Nation and the Pascua Yaqui Tribe. In our workplace and activities, we are striving for inclusion across race, gender, age, religion, and identity. We are supported through donations and grants from individuals, foundations, and corporations.
We practice 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. We are committed to real and ongoing collaboration with Indigenous communities.
We hope you share our vision, which is that heritage places, ancestral landscapes, and associated knowledge and values are stewarded, protected, respected, and celebrated across the US and the world.
Come along as we learn more about how people lived in these arid environments, how and why cultures changed through time, and what has endured.
Support our low-impact investigations, which rely on existing archaeological data and minimal or no excavation at sites that aren’t threatened right now.
Experience the sights and sounds of the past as never before through our innovative online exhibits.
Connect with the latest research and news in Preservation Archaeology through our website, newsletters, and award-winning magazine.
Learn more, alongside us, about those who lived long ago and the perspectives of their descendants today through Archaeology Southwest Magazine.
Help us protect archaeological sites and cultural landscapes throughout the Southwest by supporting our powerful conservation toolkit, advocacy initiatives, and community and institutional partnerships.
We are making a difference. By looking forward and acting now, we are achieving protections and creating meaningful connections between people and history that will benefit generations to come.
Join us today. We’re making a difference—and you can, too.
For a more comprehensive look at our goals and methods of achieving them, review our 2022-2024 strategic plan.
To follow our progress since our inception, check out our annual reports.
Give confidently! Learn about our Gold Participant status with GuideStar and our 4-star rating with Charity Navigator.