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This award-winning, full-color magazine explores current archaeology in the American Southwest and Mexican Northwest. The magazine is published quarterly. Issues published before 2009 are available for free (PDFs) from the menu on the left. To learn more about recent issues, scroll down.

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Mimbres Preservation, Pithouses, Pueblos, and Pottery

Volume 31, Number 1. Issue editors Patricia A. Gilman and Roger Anyon and contributors show how preservation intersects with the cutting edges of Mimbres archaeology today. more »

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Fire Adds Richness to the Land

Volume 30, Number 4. Issue editors Christopher Roos and T. J. Ferguson share the findings of the Jemez FHiRE (Fire & Humans in Resilient Ecosystems) Project. more »

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The Archaeology of Sonora

Volume 30, Number 3. Issue editors and long-time co-investigators Randy McGuire and Elisa Villalpando and their colleagues give an introduction to the archaeology of Sonora, a state in northwest Mexico that shares millennia of human experience with the southern U.S. Southwest. more »

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New Horizons for Southwestern Rock Art

Volume 30, Number 2. Issue editor Aaron M. Wright, renowned rock art scholar Polly Schaafsma, and authors on the cutting edge of rock art research consider rock art within the physical and social contexts of its makers’ lives. more »

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The Site That Nobody Really Knows

Volume 30, Number 1. Issue editor John R. Welch and authors describe new research on Kinishba, a pueblo on the White Mountain Apache Reservation of east-central Arizona. more »

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Introducing the Fremont

Volume 29, Number 4. Issue editor James R. Allison and authors briefly review what is known about the Fremont—the northern contemporaries of Ancestral Pueblo people—and share recent research on Fremont lifeways. more »

Santa Fe Underground

Volume 29, Nos. 2 & 3. Issue editors Cherie Scheick and Stephen Post and contributors present the City Different's remarkable story across the millennia. more »

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Ordinary, yet Distinct

Volume 29, Number 1. From the early 1100s to the late 1200s, the forbidding landscape of northern New Mexico's Gallina region was home to a population of Ancestral Pueblo people who were ordinary, yet distinct. more »

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Tortuous and Fantastic

Volume 28, Numbers 3 and 4. Greater Cedar Mesa's archaeological record documents thousands of years of human innovation, change, and movement. more »

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A Good Place to Live for More Than 12,000 Years

Volume 28, Number 2. Contributors to this issue provide a closer look at archaeology in Arizona's Verde Valley. more »

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Chaco’s Legacy

Volume 28, Number 1. Contributors consider whether ancient Chacoans migrated to the Middle San Juan Basin, or the region's residents emulated Chacoan culture, or both. Authors also discuss a new exhibit that shares this research interactively. more »

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A New Way of Living

Volume 27, Number 4. Contributors consider the transition to village life on the southern Colorado Plateau in the first millennium A.D. more »

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Before the Great Departure

Volume 27, Number 3. Contributors to this issue help us take a closer look at the Kayenta in the three centuries before their emigration. more »

Social Networks in the Distant Past

Volume 27, Number 2. Articles in this issue explore networks of interaction in the precontact Southwest. more »

In the Mountain Shadows

Volume 27, Number 1. The continuing story of the Romero Ruin, a Hohokam settlement in southern Arizona's Catalina State Park. more »

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A Complicated Pattern

Volume 26, Numbers 3 and 4. Authors discuss how work in the Upper Gila region is advancing understanding of Salado. more »

Archaeometry in Southwest Archaeology

Volume 26, Number 2. Authors in this issue describe how they pursue archaeological questions through scientific techniques. more »

What is Preservation Archaeology?

Volume 25, Number 4/Volume 26, Number 1.This special double issue reviews the development and practice of Preservation Archaeology in the Southwest. more »

Imaging the Past: Places of Meaning, Moments of Wonder

Volume 25, Number 3. Authors in this issue seek to understand and convey relationships among past, place, and human life through images from above, beneath, and beyond. more »

The Salinas Province: Archaeology at the Edge of the Pueblo World

Volume 25, Number 2. This issue explores the themes of continuity, connectivity, conflict, and colonization in New Mexico's Salinas Province across almost eight centuries. more »

The Great Bend of the Gila

Volume 25, Number 1. This issue reviews several thousand years of human history along the Great Bend of the Gila River. more »

Following the Kayenta and Salado Up the Gila

Volume 24, Number 4. This issue presents Archaeology Southwest's ongoing research on the twelfth through fifteenth centuries in the Upper Gila and preliminary results of field efforts in Mule Creek, New Mexico. more »

Vol. 24, No. 3
Social Identity in the Northern San Juan

Volume 24, Number 3. This issue examines the topic of archaeological research on social identity in the area between Chaco Canyon and Mesa Verde. more »

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Tucson Underground: The Archaeology of a Desert Community

Volume 24, Numbers 1–2. This issue explores recent archaeology in Tucson, Arizona. more »

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Hohokam Heritage: The Casa Grande Community

Volume 23, Number 4. This issue reviews the historical background of the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument and provides a broader archaeological context for thinking about the monument’s expansion. more »

Paleoindians in the American Southwest and Northern Mexico

Volume 23, Number 3. This issue looks at some of the big picture questions in Paleoindian research today. Contributors consider data recovered from sites in Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Sonora. more »

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Preserving Missions in the Pimería Alta

Volume 23, Number 2. This issue discusses the preservation history of missions in the Pimería Alta, an area of modern-day northern Sonora and southern Arizona. more »

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The Latest Research on the Earliest Farmers

Volume 23, Number 1. This issue discusses our rapidly changing knowledge about the first farmers in the Southwest and builds upon our first issue, which was also devoted to early agriculture. more »

Vol. 22, No. 4
Immigrants and Population Collapse in the Southern Southwest

Volume 22, Number 4. What happened to the Hohokam? This issue explores initial results of Archaeology Southwest's long-term research on the dramatic population decline that occurred in the southern Southwest almost a century before the arrival of the Spaniards. more »

Vol. 22, No. 3
Dogs in the Southwest

Volume 22, Number 3. This special theme issue explores some of the roles that dogs have played in the Southwest, from prehistory to the present. Contributors discuss archaeological evidence of dogs; the changing roles and uses of dogs among various groups. more »

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Exploring Zuni Origins

Volume 22, Number 2. Contributors to this issue examine archaeological, environmental, linguistic, historical, and geographical data on a macro-regional scale in their attempts to understand the complex issues of Mogollon-Zuni relationships and Zuni origins. more »

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Collaborative Research in a Living Landscape: Pueblo Land, Culture, and History in West-Central New Mexico

Volume 22, Number 1. This issue looks at research on what archaeologists call the western Pueblos. Articles include perspectives from Zuni, Hopi, Acoma and Laguna Pueblos. more »

The Hohokam Archaeology of the Phoenix Basin

Volume 21, Number 4. This issue examines the Hohokam archaeology of the Phoenix basin. Articles cover various archaeological sites and topics, ranging from households to the nature of the population collapse in the Salt River Valley. more »

The Hohokam Archaeology of the Tucson Basin

Volume 21, Number 3. This issue looks at the archaeology of the Tucson Basin. Articles focus on sites throughout the valley, including Tumamoc Hill and Honeybee Village. more »

Southwest Archaeology: The Next Generation

Volume 21, Number 2. This issue focuses on research conducted by 17 doctoral students. Their research projects cover a wide range of time periods and geography, from the Northern Southwest to Northern Mexico. more »

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Birds in the Southwest

Volume 21, Number 1. This issue looks at birds in the Southwest not only from an archaeological perspective, but also from contemporary and ethnographic angles. Macaws to Ostriches, and pets to uses in ritual, this issue covers a wide range of avian topics. more »

Vol. 20, No. 4
Archaeology of the Borderlands: A View from Naco, Arizona

Volume 20, Number 4. This issue reviews the history and prehistory of the US-Mexico border, focusing on Naco, Arizona. Authors also discuss what it takes to do archaeology on the international border. more »

Vol. 20, No. 3
Salmon Pueblo: Chacoan Outlier and Thirteenth-Century Middle San Juan Community Center

Volume 20, Number 3. This issue examines the history and material culture of Salmon Pueblo near Farmington, New Mexico. more »

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Archaeology on the Periphery: Recent Research in the Safford Basin

Volume 20, Number 2. This issue reviews the archaeology of the Safford Basin and considers how the region fits into the archaeology of the Greater Southwest. more »

Twenty Years of Archaeology Southwest

Volume 20, Number 1. This issue looks back at the previous 20 years of Archaeology Southwest Magazine, from our origins in Archaeology in Tucson through our current format. Also covered are contributions we have made to archaeology and to preservation and public education. more »

Vol. 19, No. 4
Archaeology and the Public in the Galisteo Basin

Volume 19, Number 4. This issue looks at the archaeology of the Galisteo Basin in northern New Mexico. Public involvement has helped to expand our knowledge of the area and assisted in its preservation. more »

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Preserving Archaeological Landscapes

Volume 19, Number 3. This issue looks at how archaeological landscapes across the Southwest are being preserved. A wide variety of sites and perspectives are covered in this informative volume. more »

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Mormon History and Archaeology in Northern Arizona

Volume 19, Number 2. This issue examines the archaeology of the Mormon colonization of Arizona. A must-read for anyone interested in this little-known chapter of Arizona history. more »

Vol. 19, No. 1
The Quest for Coronado

Volume 19, Number 1. The route that Coronado took during his exploration of the Southwest has has been a matter of debate for historians and archaeologists for some time. This issue considers what we know, and what we don't. more »

Vol 18, No. 4
The Archaeological Heritage of the Santa Cruz Valley

Volume 18, Number 4. This issue covers the history and prehistory of the Santa Cruz valley. Topics include the Hohokam, Jesuit Missionaries, and the Spanish Colonial Period. more »

Vol. 18, No. 3
Horses in the Southwest

Volume 18, Number 3. This issue looks at the history of horses in the Southwest, from the Ice Age on. more »

Vol. 18, No. 2
Preservation and Partnerships along the Black Range of Southern New Mexico

Volume 18, Number 2. This issue recognizes the partnerships with local people that have helped the progress of archaeological research in southern New Mexico. more »

Vol. 18, No. 1
One Valley, Many Histories: Tohono O'odham, Hopi, Zuni, and Western Apache History in the San Pedro Valley

Volume 18, Number 1. This issue examines the history and meaning that the San Pedro Valley, east of Tucson, has to numerous Native American groups. more »

Vol. 17, No. 4
The Archaeology and Meaning of Mimbres

Volume 17, Number 4. Due to the incredible artistry of their black-on-white pottery the Mimbres are one of the most popular prehistoric cultures in the Southwest. This issue of Archaeology Southwest explores the full range of topics of this fascinating group. more »

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Preservation Archaeology in the San Pedro Valley

Volume 17, Number 3. This issue of Archaeology Southwest Magazine looks at the history of the San Pedro River valley from early prehistory, through the Spanish period. An exciting window into the story of this important corridor through Southern Arizona. more »

Vol. 17, No. 2
The Casas Grandes Community

Volume 17, Number 2. Even though an international boundary divides the US and Mexico today, the cultures of the past span across this modern boundary. This issue looks at the archaeology of the Southwest in Northern Mexico. more »

Vol. 17, No. 1
In the Shadow of the Volcano: Recent Research at Sunset Crater

Volume 17, Number 1. Sunset Crater is one of Flagstaff's most visible natural features. This issue explores the history of this volcano and its impact on the people who have lived there. more »

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