Our Projects

We ask “big questions” about people’s lives in this region in the past. We protect places on the land. We advocate for the protection and interpretation of cultural landscapes.

cyberSW

Big Data for Big Questions Archaeology Southwest is pleased to announce that a new joint initiative, cyberSW, has received a $1.7 million award through the National Science Foundation’s RIDIR program (Resource Implementations for Data Intensive Research in the Social Behavioral and Economic Sci...
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Lower Gila River Ethnographic and Archaeological P...

Archaeology Southwest is pleased to announce that a team of affiliated researchers has earned a prestigious Collaborative Research Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The $175,000 grant will help fund the Lower Gila River Ethnographic and Archaeological Project, an interdisci...
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Standing with Bears Ears

Banner image by R. E. Burrillo Archaeology Southwest joins the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition and the Friends of Cedar Mesa in urging Interior Secretary Zinke to protect the Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah. We #StandWithBearsEars. Why? The Bears Ears region is not only ...
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Fluid Identities

Land, Water, and Religion during the Gila River Millennium (A.D. 450–1450) In 2017, Archaeology Southwest is beginning a new five-year investigation, which builds on the methods and themes of our Salado Impact investigation, and expands the temporal and geographic focus substantially. Social...
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Protecting the Greater Chaco Landscape: Threats fr...

Banner image courtesy of EcoFlight Archaeology Southwest is part of a broad coalition seeking protections for the Greater Chaco Landscape. Visit the coalition’s website: protectgreatchaco.org. Key points: The Greater Chaco Landscape is important for many reasons, to many different people....
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Great Bend of the Gila

Archaeology Southwest has joined with a broad array of tribal, national and local partners in support of the Great Bend of the Gila National Monument proposal. Legislation introduced by Representative Raúl Grijalva (H.R. 5556) seeks to preserve an 84,000-acre area on existing public lands along the...
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Hands-On Archaeology

Archaeology Southwest’s new Hands-On Archaeology program connects people of today with daily life in the distant past.
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Isotopic Zooarchaeology in the Mesa Verde Region

As human populations worldwide grow and settle in formerly remote regions, questions about how hunting can be managed in order to provide long-term access to animals for local people without loss of biodiversity are becoming increasingly urgent. This project, a collaboration between Karen Schollmeye...
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Casa Malpais

For more than a decade, Archaeology Southwest has partnered with the Little Colorado Chapter of the Arizona Archaeology Society to support to the Town of Springerville in its efforts to protect, preserve, and share this ancient Ancestral Puebloan village.  
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Foraging and Food Production in Southwest New Mexi...

Understanding how people acquire food and maintain food security under changing social and environmental conditions has important implications for both understanding past human societies and exploring ways for contemporary societies to maintain access to food supplies. Archaeological datasets are id...
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Casa Grande Ruins National Monument Boundary Expan...

Casa Grande Ruins National Monument in Coolidge, Arizona, is among the state’s best-known cultural landmarks because of its striking “Great House,” one of the largest known ancient structures in the United States. Established as the first archaeological reserve by President Benjamin Harrison i...
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Protecting Places on the Land

Long-term protection of archaeological sites is an essential component of Preservation Archaeology. Here in the American Southwest, a great number of important archaeological sites occur on private land. Nineteenth-century homesteaders settled in areas with readily available water and arable land...
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