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Twenty Years of Archaeology Southwest

Human geoglyph formed by scraping the darkened gravel of the desert pavement to reveal light soils. The site is fenced to protect it, and the footpath walked by visitors has created a modern geoglyph, a reminder of the extreme fragility of this remarkable site. It is one of many along the lower Colorado River in similar settings.

Human geoglyph formed by scraping the darkened gravel of the desert pavement to reveal light soils. The site is fenced to protect it, and the footpath walked by visitors has created a modern geoglyph, a reminder of the extreme fragility of this remarkable site. It is one of many along the lower Colorado River in similar settings.

Archaeology Southwest Magazine Volume 20, Number 1
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Issue editor: William H. Doelle, Archaeology Southwest (formerly the Center for Desert Archaeology)

Two decades have passed quickly. For me, this issue of Archaeology Southwest Magazine has provided an opportunity to pause and reflect, year by year, issue by issue, on all 77 previous publications in this series. It has also underscored for me the degree to which the history of this publication is intimately tied to the history of the Center for Desert Archaeology as an institution. In many ways, the goals expressed in the initial issue of this magazine are nearly identical to today’s goals: active research, public outreach, and preservation.

Our most obvious changes have been in scale. From an initial focus on the Tucson Basin, we now seek articles from throughout the Mexican Northwest and American Southwest. We have expanded from a four-page, black-and-white publication to a standard 16-page, full-color format. Some special issues have even reached 20 pages.

Articles include:

New Discoveries about an Early Farming Culture — Jonathan B. Mabry, Desert Archaeology, Inc.

Hohokam Archaeology Comes of Age — Douglas B. Craig, Northland Research, Inc.

Twenty Years of Archaeology Southwest — William H. Doelle, Center for DesertArchaeology

Archaeology in the Air: The Photographs of Adriel Heisey — Linda Pierce, Center for Desert Archaeology

Lindbergh and Archaeology — Linda Pierce, Center for Desert Archaeology

Archaeology Southwest as a Teaching Tool — Tobi Taylor, Center for Desert Archaeology

More than the Sum of Its Parts — Patrick D. Lyons, Center for Desert Archaeology

Community-based Archaeology — Doug Gann, Center for Desert Archaeology

The Center’s Preservation Fellow Program — Tobi Taylor, Center for Desert Archaeology

A Gallery of Past Issues

Who’s Behind Archaeology Southwest — Tobi Taylor, Center for Desert Archaeology

Back Sight — William H. Doelle, Center for Desert Archaeology

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