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.

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)
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)
Bioarchaeology of Abydos, Egypt
Description to come. Team Members: Brenda J. Baker, Arizona State University School of Human Evolution and Social Change Funding Sources:Miscellaneous Private Individuals (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 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)
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)
Diasporic Homecomings: Ethnic Return Migrants in Comparative Perspective
This project will examine various groups of ethnic return migrants-diasporic peoples who return to their ancestral homelands after living outside their countries of ethnic origin for generations.... (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)
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)
Population Affinity Assessment of Glen Canyon and Navajo Reservoir Prehistoric Skeletal Remains
The ultimate objective of the project is synthesis and interpretation of the physical anthropology data from skeletal remains excavated from the following Southwestern regions: Glen Canyon Project (... (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)
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)
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)