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Preserving archaeology and culture for our future
04-28-2006-04 PICTURE ROCKS PETROGLYPHS 3-21-06


Check out these sources of information about archaeology and cultures:


Archaeology Southwest
This nonprofit organization, formerly known as the Center for Desert Archaeology, explores and protects the places of our past across the American Southwest and Mexican Northwest, and is renowned for its conservation-based “preservation archaeology” approach. To subscribe to its free Southwest Archaeology Today on-line news service contact its editor at sat-editor@cdarc.org.

Arizona Archaeological Council (AAC)
The AAC is a nonprofit voluntary association that promotes the goals of professional archaeologyin Arizona. Dedicated to preserving cultural resources through education and advocacy, the AAC embraces a diverse membership drawing from avocationalists, academics, private business, local com­mu­nities and federal, state and tribal agencies. Its publications include the Journal of Arizona Archaeology and the quarterly AAC Newsletter. The Arizona Archaeological Council Listserve (AAC-L) is a discussion forum for those interested in the archaeology of Arizona and the Southwest –to subscribe contact moderator Walter “Dutch” Duering at duering@stockmorehouse.com then you can post messages at AAC-L@yahoogroups.com.

Arizona Archaeological Society (AAS)
The AAS’s objectives are to foster interest and research in the archaeology of Arizona;to encourage better public understanding and concern for archaeological and cultural resources;to protect antiquities by discouraging exploitation of archaeological resources; to aid in the conservation and preservation of scientific and archaeological data and associated sites;to serve as a bond between archaeology professionals and the avocational nonprofessionals;to increase knowledge and improve the skill of members in the disciplines of archaeology; to participate in archaeological investigations and to put the information so obtained into published form; and to publish a journal and such monographs as the publications committee deems appropriate.

Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society (AAHS)
AAHS is a nonprofit, educational organization affiliated with the Arizona State Museum (ASM, see separate link below). AAHS’s objectives are to encourage scholarly pursuits in the history and anthropology of the southwestern United States and northern Mexico; to encourage the preservation of archaeological and historical sites; to encourage the scientific and legal gathering of cultural information and materials; to publish the results of archaeological, historical and ethnographic investigations; to aid in the functions and programs of the ASM; and to provide educational opportunities through lectures, field trips,and other activities. AAHS provides a forum for professionals in archaeology and related fields as well as the general public to share their common interests and enthusiasm for the Southwest’s rich cultural history. Activities, announced monthly in the newsletter, Glyphs, provide educational and social opportunities to explore these interests. The Society’s internationally recognized, professional, quarterly journal, Kiva, publishes original research in southwestern anthropology and history.

Arizona Site Stewards
Would you like to get involved in protecting and preserving the cultural resources and heritage of Arizona? The Site Stewards program is an excellent way to do so. You not only get to see a lot of archaeological sites and learn a lot about southwestern archaeology as a Site Steward, you also get to help archaeologists and land managers keep tabs on and conserve important archaeological sites.

Arizona State Museum, University of Arizona (ASM)
The Arizona State Museum in Tucson is the oldest and largest anthropology museum in the Southwest. Click on “Public Programs” to find information on its collections, galleries, research library, archive and photo collections, an online calendar and highlights of upcoming events; exhibits; tours (including school tours); museum education; and related links.

A Brief Overview of the Culture History of Arizona
This summary of Arizona archaeology and cultures was prepared by the Arizona State Historic Preservation Office.

Historic Summary of Pima County
This well-illustrated document provides a quick overview of the people and cultures who have occupied southern Arizona in the past, beginning with the Paleoindian period more than 10,000 years ago to the Statehood period that began on Saint Valentine’s Day 1912.

Maxwell Museum of Anthropology
One of the nation’s finest anthropology museums, the Maxwell Museum in Albuquerque, New Mexico, offers exhibits and programs relating to cultures around the world, with a special emphasis on the cultural heritage of the Southwest.

New Mexico Archaeological Council (NMAC)
NMAC is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to maintain and promote the goals of professional archaeology in the State of New Mexico. Its goals are to promote archaeological research within New Mexico and disseminate knowledge arising from that research; to promote awareness of New Mexico’s cultural resources among public agencies, corporations, and members of the public; to encourage the legal protection of cultural resources; and to encourage high standards for professional archaeology. To subscribe to the New Mexico Archaeological Council Listserve (NMAC-L) contact list manager Dave Phillips at dap@unm.edu; to post, send messages to nmac-l@list.unm.edu

Southwestern Mission Research Center (SMRC)
SMRC is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization committed to the cause of supporting Spanish Borderlands research and education. SMRC’s Revista newsletter publishes articles and book reviews about the historical Spanish Borderlands, and the SMRC mission tours introduce people to the history and culture of the Pimería Alta and other Spanish Borderlands regions. Proceeds from the tours enable SMRC to sponsor important scholarship on a broader level, assist with publications, and promote education, as well as engage in cooperative restoration projects with the mission communities.

Verde Valley Archaeology Center (VVAC)
The mission of this Arizona nonprofit organization is to preserve archaeological sites and collections and to promote their educational, scientific and cultural use. VVAC’s vision includes having the resources to accept and preserve archaeological artifacts and to make them available for research and education; working in partnership with American Indians, cultural groups and the communities it serves; fostering a deeper understanding of human history through the science of archaeology and the cultural artifacts that remain; and sharing VVAC’s knowledge and experience as a model dedicated to cultural preservation.


Archaeological Conservancy
This nonprofit organization, established in 1980, relies on membership support to acquire and preserve America’s most important archaeological sites, and publishes American Archaeology magazine. Old Pueblo Archaeology Center has arranged for owners of several private properties in Arizona to donate significant archaeological sites to the Conservancy so that they can be protected and preserved for future research.

Archaeology for the Public
This Society for American Archaeology page includes links for:

  • Archaeology Resources for Educators, which provides educators with background information and hands-on and interactive activities to introduce archaeology to students of all ages.
  • Using Archaeology Content and Skills for Classroom Instruction, classroom-ready lesson plans and activities for using archaeology in K-12 classrooms.
  • K-12 Archaeology Programs Developed by Educators, examples of educators using archaeological resources and/or working with archaeologists to teach new information and various educational skills.
  • Teacher Training & Fieldwork Opportunities, archaeology education programs for students and educators who would like to get hands-on experience working with professional archaeologists on a dig or in a lab.
  • Professional Archaeology Contacts, organizations and individuals you can contact with questions about archaeology in your state or region.
  • Archaeology Career Information, which answers some of the most frequently asked questions about the education and training needed to become an archaeologist, and the kinds of jobs that archaeologists do.
  • Artifact Study Kits & Reproductions that can be purchased for use in classroom lessons and activities, and classroom archaeology kits that include study guides and other resources.
  • Archaeology Publications, selected books, magazines, and websites that introduce archaeology, some of them just for students.
  • Classroom Digs, simulated digs developed by archaeologists and archaeology educators to be used as part of an interdisciplinary unit or a culminating activity in a classroom study of archaeology.
  • Online Archaeological Experiences, websites that feature video on archaeological sites and subjects, archaeology games, virtual tours of archaeology sites, and more.

ArchNet provides access to archaeological resources available on the internet, categorized by geographic region and subject.

Bone Yard
Can you tell the difference between archaeology and paleontology? Bone Yard is a paleontology (not to be confused with archaeology!) game in which you can assemble bones using a simple click and drag system.

Crow Canyon Archaeological Center
In addition to offering campus-based education programs in Colorado, Crow Canyon engages in distance-learning and public-outreach initiatives, and provides resources for students and teachers.

Dental Analysis in Archaeology
Sink your teeth into this site, which was brought to our attention by Sofia and Beth. It provides a great overview of how the study of teeth helps archaeologists and paleoanthropologists understand our human past.

Educational Guide for Archaeologists
This website, which we learned about from the kids in Tennessee’s Charlotte Library Science Discovery Club and Librarian Sarah Bloomdale, summarizes what archaeology is, discusses techniques used to learn about ancient peoples, provides definitions of historical archaeology, ethnoarchaeology, experimental archaeology, and archaeometry, and has links to several other good sources of information about archaeology.

New Archaeology
The Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities at Bard College maintains this online clearinghouse listing of articles and resources covering a wide range of archaeological topics.

Society for American Archaeology (SAA)
The SAA is an international organization dedicated to the research, interpretation, and protection of the archaeological heritage of the Americas. With more than 7,000 members, the society represents professional, student, and avocational archaeologists working in a variety of settings including government agencies, colleges and universities, museums, and the private sector. Since its inception in 1934, SAA has endeavored to stimulate interest and research in American archaeology; to advocate and aid in the conservation of archaeological resources; to encourage public access to and appreciation of archaeology; to oppose all looting of sites and the purchase and sale of looted archaeological materials; and to serve as a bond among those interested in the archaeology of the Americas.

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