Culture, Heritage and Identity

Many faculty promote new perspectives on how identities are developed and perceived and examination of the role identity and interpretation issues play in global, regional and local conflict and understanding.

3-D Imaging of Prehistoric Rock Art and Historic Inscriptions at Pipe Spring National Monument
This project seeks to obtain baseline condition information of prehistoric rock art and historic inscriptions at Pipe Spring National Monument and provide educational opportunities for National Parks... (more)
A Bioarchaeological and Biogeochemical Approach to Tiwanaku Childhoods: Intersecting Social Identities and Local Biologies in the Andes
In the pre-Hispanic Andes, as in many regions, there is a tension between the relative importance of state and local communities in the formation of various social identities. To better understand... (more)
A Comparative Study of Community Engagement with Renewable Electricity Technology
Despite the pervasiveness of energy production and distribution, the underlying processes often remain invisible to consumers. This research engages those directly involved in educating publics about... (more)
Alliance & Landscape: Perry Mesa in the 14th Century
Compelling evidence for endemic warfare during late prehistoric times has been documented in many areas of the American Southwest, and some models postulate hostilities at a macroregional level.... (more)
An Integrative Approach to Examining Migration Community Interaction and Social Diversity
Migrations, past and present, fundamentally influence human interaction, community building and social evolution. Large-scale population movement is particularly pertinent to today’s globally mobile... (more)
Ancient Andean Paleodiet and Paleomobility
The Ancient Andean Paleodiet and Paleomobility project examines lived experiences, particularly migration and dietary choices, in what are now Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina. Knudson uses... (more)
Archaeological Investigations at La Quemada, Zacatecas, Northern Mexico
For over 15 years, Mexican and American archaeologists and students have dug ancient ruins, walked the high desert landscape, and worked in laboratories to understand the rise and fall of La Quemada... (more)
Archaeology of the Human Experience
The Archaeology of the Human Experience (AHE) asks archaeologists to consider what it was really like to live in the past that they study, and to understand the people who populated that past as... (more)
Arizona Archaeological Society Study of Phyllite-Tempered Pottery from Brooklyn Basin & Seven Springs, Central Arizona
Description to come. Team Members: David Abbott, Arizona State University School of Human Evolution and Social Change Funding Source: Arizona Archeological Society (more)
Away from Home: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Migration within the Tiwanaku Periphery
Migrations, past and present, fundamentally influence human interaction, community building and social evolution. Large-scale population movement is particularly pertinent to today’s globally mobile... (more)
Bioarchaeology of Abydos, Egypt
The Abydos bioarchaeological collection, one of the largest and richest recovered from any site in Egypt, has been generated in large part by excavations undertaken since the 1980s in the vast... (more)
Bioarchaeology of Copán, Honduras
This project focuses on the life histories and population biology of individuals interred within the Copán Pocket during the first millennium after Christ. Publications: Jane E. Buikstra, T.D. Price... (more)
Bioarchaeology of Nubia Expedition
This three-year project involves the survey and excavation of ancient burial sites in the Fourth Cataract region of Sudan, as well as the study of recovered remains. Using an interdisciplinary... (more)
Bioarchaeology of the Lower Illinois River Valley
Presently, we are focusing on establishing burial programs and inferring ritual liturgies. A second emphasis is the investigation of landform and meaning. The research focuses on the rich... (more)
Bioarchaeology of the Osmore Valley, Peru
This project focuses upon the social and biological dimensions of human change across time and through space. The context is the Osmore River valley of southern Perú. Publications: Jane E. Buikstra,... (more)
Calderwood Butte Ceramic Analysis
These studies are intended to investigate ceramic provenance, the organization of ceramic production and distribution, and the structure of social and exchange networks among the ancient Hohokam... (more)
Comparative Paleoethnobotany of the Maya Lowlands (and Greater Middle America)
This project uses archaeobotanical data to examine human-environmental relationships across time and space in the Maya Lowlands of Mexico, Belize and Guatemala. Working with samples of botanical... (more)
Connections & Impacts of Northern & West Mexican Cultures
Scholars and students from both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border are working on an ASU-based project to understand connectivity between developments in northwest Mexico and surrounding regions,... (more)
Council on Library Resources Postdoctoral Fellows in Data Curation
The ASU Libraries and the Center for Digital Antiquity are leaders in digital curation. Both maintain unique digital repositories, one general purpose focused on the research output of one of the... (more)
Curation of Archaeological Materials in Cuernavaca, Mexico
This project will construct an archaeological storage facility in Cuernavaca, Mexico, for archaeological artifacts excavated at sites in the Mexican state of Morelos. Over the past quarter-century,... (more)
Deciduous Dental Phenotypes and Biodistance Analyses
Teeth are the most durable parts of the human body and provide information on a number of aspects of an individual’s life, such as their diet, their physical health and their movement across the... (more)
Designing SKOPE: Synthesized Knowledge of Past Environments
Understanding coupled human and natural systems is a major research focus for the social and natural sciences. Implicit in the concept of a coupled natural and human system is the mutual dependency... (more)
Digital Archiving of Cultural Reports
Over the past 30 years, the Phoenix Area Office, Bureau of Reclamation, has completed a major cultural resource mitigation program for the Central Arizona Project. As a result of survey and data... (more)
Digital Archiving of Midwest Archaeological Center Archaeological Reports for Report Preservation and Public Access
The Midwest Archeological Center (MWAC) was established in Lincoln, Nebraska, in 1969 as an office of the National Park Service. Prior to that, the center had served for 23 years as the Missouri... (more)
Eastern Mimbres Archaeological Project
The Eastern Mimbres Archaeological Project, directed by Professors Margaret Nelson and Michelle Hegmon, has been working in southwestern New Mexico for more than a decade. It is concerned with... (more)
El Morro Valley Prehistory Project
The El Morro Valley Prehistory Project, directed by professor Keith Kintigh, is focused on the El Morro Valley of west-central New Mexico during the late Pueblo III and Pueblo IV periods (ca. AD 1225... (more)
Ethnographic Overview and Assessment of Mesa Verde National Park and Yucca House, New Mexico
An overview and assessment study will identify and document ethnographic resources within and associated with Mesa Verde National Park and Yucca House National Monument. A Cultural Affiliation Study... (more)
Evaluating a Cooperative Approach to the Management of Digital Archaeological Records
There is currently no Department of Defense-wide system for preserving and distributing digital data generated by archaeological work on military installations. Essential documentation of... (more)
Genetic History of Peru
Debate about the patterning of genetic diversity in human populations has centered on the importance of language, geography, and sex-biased gene flow, as well as the extent and origin of admixture.... (more)
Gila River Indian Community Buff Ware Ceramic Analysis, Phase II
Description to come. Team Members: David Abbott, Arizona State University School of Human Evolution and Social Change Funding Source:Gila River Indian Community (more)
Gobero Archaeological Project
The Gobero Archaeological Project is a partnership between Arizona State University and the University of Chicago that involves over a dozen international collaborators across the fields of geology,... (more)
Hydrology, Ecology and Pastoral Societies in the Sahel: Ephemeral and Perennial Water Resources in a Dynamic Coupled System
This project brings together an interdisciplinary team to examine the past, present and future impacts of watershed change on pastorialists and vegetation. Arizona State University's BurnSilver will... (more)
Integrating Developmental Morphogenetic Theory and Dental Biodistance Practices
Vertebrate evolutionary history has been largely reconstructed on the basis of fossil teeth. The same may be said for primate evolution, including inferences from hominin and human paleontology.... (more)
Japanese Diaspora: Peoples of Japanese Descent in the Americas
This project will examine peoples of Japanese descent in the Americas as part of the Japanese “diaspora” by comparing the ethnic and cultural experiences of the Japanese Americans and Japanese... (more)
Laboratory of Sonoran Ceramic Research
The Laboratory of Sonoran Ceramic Research (LSCR) investigates the lifeways of the ancient Hohokam people in the Sonoran Desert of central and southern Arizona, particularly through analyses of... (more)
Mapping the Historical Development of Canal System 1
The prehistoric Hohokam of south-central Arizona are best known for their large-scale irrigation infrastructure. They built and operated the largest hydraulic works in Pre-Columbian North America,... (more)
Muslim Palawan: Diversity and Difference on the Periphery of Philippine Islam
This project concerns ethnic differences, Islamic consciousness and Muslim social integration on Palawan Island in the Philippines, with a particular focus on Christian conversion to Islam and the... (more)
National Diversity and the Scope of Ethnography
This project explores the prevalence and patterns of social diversity and the negotiation of difference in varied historical settings in Southeast Asia, particularly Thailand. Much ethnographic and... (more)
Planning Archaeological Infrastructure for Integrative Science
A fundamental challenge of science is to confront the complexity of human societies and their interactions with the natural environment. Societies are shaped by evolutionary processes and constrained... (more)
Preserving the Petroglyphs of South Mountain Park
Our plan has eight objectives, which begin in July 2005: Engage local tribal communities for long-term support of the project and participation for assessing the significance of traditional cultural... (more)
Prison Inmate Networks Study
Photo by Phil Harvey, 2013. This study advances our understanding of incarceration and its consequences by focusing on prison social systems and their informal network structures.  The... (more)
Promise and Challenge of Archaeological Data Integration
A team of ASU archaeologists and computer scientists has initiated an effort to implement a cyberinfrastructure for archaeology. Using new technologies and collaborating with an international... (more)
Protohistoric Zuni Social and Political Organization
The Zuni were the first Native Americans the Spanish explorers encountered when they entered the American Southwest nearly 500 years ago. Recent attention has been lavished on the transformations of... (more)
Quarai Mission Collections Processing
This project will complete the collections inventory of Quarai Mission archaeological materials; complete cataloging specimens used in special studies; complete scanning and processing photographs;... (more)
Roosevelt Platform Mound Study
The Roosevelt Platform Mound Study (RPMS) was a nine year (1989 to 1998) Data Recovery Project that excavated 123 villages and 6 platform mounds in Tonto Basin dating from A.D. 1200 to 1450. The four... (more)
Social Closeness, Helping and Neglect: Examining the Roots of Favoritism in Rural Bangladesh
In the last ten years, an emerging body of research has begun to reveal how perceived social closeness fundamentally transforms people’s motivations and behaviors toward others, most notably in terms... (more)
Social Dynamics of Coalescence: Ancestral Wendat Communities 1400-1550 C.E.
This project examines how relationships among individuals can contribute to or undermine the ability of entire groups to act collectively.   How and why groups of people come together and... (more)
Study of Sharing Networks to Assess the Vulnerabilities of Local Communities to Oil and Gas Development Impacts in Arctic Alaska
Incorporating the gathering and analysis of social network data and socioeconomic data, the project seeks to understand the sharing networks of the Arctic communities of Wainwright, Venetie and... (more)
Subsistence and Economic Diversity, Resilience and Transformation in the Northern Basin of Mexico
Mexican and ASU team members As part of a larger project – The Historical Ecology Project of the Northern Basin of Mexico – Dr. Chris Morehart is specifically studying the dual... (more)
Sustaining Digital Antiquity: Providing Preservation and Access for Archaeological Information
Digital Antiquity’s mission is to ensure preservation of and access to digital archaeological information. This mission serves three goals: improve archaeological research and scholarship to more... (more)
Testing and Refining Ceramic Rehydroxylation Dating
This project unites key researchers testing and developing the newly proposed Ceramic Rehydroxylation Dating (RHX) technique, a novel chronometric dating technique with significant potential to... (more)
The Emergence of Social Complexity in Middle-Range Society: Cyprus During the Prehistoric Bronze Age
The development of social and economic control that leads to inequalities in the distribution of wealth within human societies, or social complexity as it is often termed, has been a central theme in... (more)
The Moon Pyramid and the Early Teotihuacan State Polity
This project investigates the origins of pre-industrial urbanism, particularly focusing on meanings and functions of monumentality at Teotihuacan. The Moon Pyramid, the second largest monument in the... (more)
The Quality of the Archaeological Record
The goal of this project is to improve our understanding of the quality of the archaeological record. Using empirical data from published peer-reviewed literature and regional databases, estimates... (more)
The Role of Cultural History and Environment in Explaining Human Behavioral Variation
The behavioral variation among human societies is vast and unmatched in the animal world. Scholars have been debating for over a century whether this variation is due to variation in the ecological... (more)
Using the Scientific CV to Study the Effects of Interventions on Research Centers
We develop and test the Policy-Academic-Career Outcome Trajectory Model to examine how targeted and untargeted training programs affect the development of career trajectories and the achievement of... (more)
Virtues in Conflict: a Cross-Cultural Study of Virtue Dilemmas and their Resolution
In daily life, we often face tough choices between competing appeals to our goodwill – not just between being naughty or nice, but between multiple ways of doing good. In this study, a diverse team... (more)