What We Do: Investigations

We ask "big questions" about the past

Featured Investigations:

Ancient Footprint

Who were Tucson’s earliest farmers?

What did people grow in Tucson’s basin 2,500 years ago? Who tended the crops, and how did they do so? What can their footprints tell us?

Duck effigy vessel

What happened to southwestern peoples just before contact with Europeans?

Why did human populations in the southern Southwest decline after 1350? Where did these people go? How did previously unrelated groups get along when they began to live together?

Salmon Ruins

What became of the people of Chaco Canyon and Mesa Verde?

What was the reach of the powerful cultures centered at Chaco Canyon and Mesa Verde? As each declined, how did this affect people in outlying areas?

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