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Digital Archiving of Cultural Reports

The establishment of the Center for Digital Antiquity at Arizona State University offers the Phoenix Area Office, Bureau of Reclamation an opportunity to make older reports on a major cultural resource mitigation program available in digital format not only to professional archaeologists and researchers, but in certain cases, to the interested public.

South Africa coastline

Developing and Testing an Integrated Paleoscape Model for the early Middle and Late Pleistocene of the South Coast of South Africa

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

Complexities of Ecological and Social Diversity: A Long-Term Perspective

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

Collaborative Research: Development and Application of Cryptotephra Studies to Resolve Debates over Chronology in Modern Human Origins Research in South Africa

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

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 communities in the lower Agua Fria River area.

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Gobero Archaeological Project

This research focuses on a series of Early and Middle Holocene cemeteries (circa 10,000-5000 years ago) from the southern Sahara Desert (Niger) where a unique record of human life and death was preserved. The project combines ongoing fieldwork with extensive archaeological and bioarcheological lab analyses.

Mother and son with oxen

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 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

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. 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.


Service Access in Premodern Cities

Built on the foundation of a four-year transdisciplinary research project funded by Arizona State University, this study of inequality in access to urban services focuses on two samples of premodern cities: one archaeological, the other historical.