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The School of Human Evolution and Social Change, our Center for Archaeology and Society and individual faculty members maintain extensive research and teaching collections in archaeology, ethnology and evolutionary anthropology.
We have 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 collections include ASU’s prehistoric Southwest ceramic sherd type and whole pot collection, available to students and researchers by appointment.
We also maintain several collections of artifacts that have been formally “accessioned” or accepted under written repository agreements, along with data, documents and other supporting materials. The school 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.
Our Southwest U.S. collections include:
Including examples from:
This petroglyph site is considered a natural collection. In addition, artifacts are housed and displayed in the site's museum. Holdings include the following:
The site is also a 47-acre nature preserve that is home to approximately 250 native Sonoran Desert plant species and upwards of 100 permanent and migratory faunal species.
Visitors seeking access to or information on the collections should contact Melissa Powell, curator of collections.
School of Human Evolution and Social Change
Arizona State University
PO Box 872402
Tempe, AZ 85287-2402
734 West Alameda Drive
Tempe, AZ 85282