Center for Archaeology and Society


Preservation and Research

shelves of pottery

The Repository maintains a responsibility to preserve materials in conformance with applicable governmental policies and procedures, and current professional standards of curation, data collection, data management and access. The data and artifacts are curated in perpetuity, and are accessible for research, publication, exhibition, education and other related purposes. The Repository also houses ASU’s prehistoric Southwest ceramic sherd type and whole pot collection, available to students and researchers by appointment.


The Repository maintains several collections of artifacts that have been formally “accessioned” or accepted under written repository agreements, along with data, documents and other supporting materials. The Repository curates more than 70,000 specimens from central Arizona, including materials from excavations conducted for The Bureau of Reclamation within the boundaries of Tonto National Forest connected to the Central Arizona Project and related modification projects to the Roosevelt, Bartlett, and Horseshoe Dams.

Southwestern U.S. collections include:

  • Roosevelt Platform Mound Study (conducted by Arizona State University)
  • Roosevelt Community Development Study (conducted by Desert Archaeology)
  • Roosevelt Rural Sites Study (conducted by Statistical Research)
  • Lower Verde Archaeological Project (conducted by Statistical Research)


Visitors examining pottery sherds

For the first time, Arizona State University’s Center for Archaeology and Society (CAS) offered a 3-day camp for adults to experience what it’s like to be an archaeologist.

Participants had the opportunity to tour the University’s collections repository and learn from archaeology research professor Arleyn Simon, as well as from students of the School for Human Evolution and Social Change, about the process of documentation and analysis of real artifacts recovered from excavations in the Southwest. Measurement tools were utilized to examine pottery sherds recovered from the field and analysis processes were performed to determine their attributes and potential usage. 


In this section, we present news about the Repository and related project activities. 

Read this article to get an insider's look at the Repository, courtesy of ASU Now.
The article illustrates many of the curation procedures performed  by Repository staff and student assistants.


Mailing Address:
Center for Archaeology and Society
School of Human Evolution and Social Change
Arizona State University
PO Box 872402
Tempe, AZ 85287-2402

734 West Alameda Drive
Suite 120
Tempe, AZ 85282

Free parking is available for visitors.

Visitors requiring access to collections should contact Melissa Powell.

For more information on the repository, please call 480-965-6957.