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South Africa coastline

This research uses interdisciplinary study to examine the coupled response of people and the environment in the Cape Floral region on the south coast of Africa to major fluctuations in global climate change during the time of the origins of the modern human lineage.

US Southwest archaeological site

This project is concerned with how interacting dimensions of social and ecological diversities create both short- and long-term tradeoffs. The research will explore which diversity tradeoffs can claim both short-term efficiency and longer-term resilience and will characterize diversity tradeoffs in social-ecological systems that sacrifice longer-term resilience for short-term gains.

Volcanic erruption

In this project, researchers will apply a new dating method using volcanic ash to determine when a suite of uniquely human features first appeared in our evolutionary history and thus help us understand when, where and why our species evolved. 

Hohokam ceramics

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 communities in the lower Agua Fria River area.

Mother and son with oxen

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 fellow human beings. At this project’s heart is the desire to look beyond past people’s decisions to understand why those decisions were made.

Yucca House

An overview and assessment study will identify and document ethnographic resources within and associated with Mesa Verde National Park and Yucca House National Monument. This study will focus on past and present traditional land uses of cultural and natural resources, such as archaeological sites, plant and animal communities, minerals and physical locations that compose the ancestral landscape of these two parks.

Wendat village

This project examines how relationships among individuals can contribute to or undermine the ability of entire groups to act collectively.  

Kostalena Michelaki in the ceramics lab

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 revolutionize archaeological practice.

Red and white Hohokam platter

This project looks at prehistoric regional trade and connections by studying the production and distribution of Hohokam pottery from two Arizona sites.

Student researcher at Mossel Bay

The Mossel Bay Archaeology Project (MAP), led by Curtis W. Marean (ASU) and Peter Nilssen (Iziko South African Museums), is a long-term field study of the Middle Stone Age (MSA) in the Mossel Bay region. 

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