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Wendat village

Social Dynamics of Coalescence: Ancestral Wendat Communities 1400-1550 C.E.

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

Testing and Refining Ceramic Rehydroxylation Dating

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.

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.

Red and white Hohokam platter

Arizona Archaeological Society Study of Phyllite-Tempered Pottery from Brooklyn Basin & Seven Springs, Central Arizona

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

Mossel Bay Archaeology Project

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. 

Historical illustration of medieval Spanish street

Urban Organization through the Ages: Neighborhoods, Open Spaces & Urban Life

This transdisciplinary project applies questions regarding the research themes of neighborhoods, dynamics of change, context and open spaces to a large sample of cities, including the earliest urban centers and modern cities.

Teotihuacan's Pyramid of the Moon

The Moon Pyramid and the Early Teotihuacan State Polity

This project investigates the origins of pre-industrial urbanism, particularly focusing on meanings and functions of monumentality at Teotihuacan.

Phoenix metro area with Papago Mountains in background

Change is Hard: The Challenges of Path Dependence

The Change is Hard project develops a synthetic and transdisciplinary understanding of the concept of path dependence; extends it into anthropology/archaeology; and uses it to examine the governance of water and land use, in Metropolitan Phoenix and the prehistoric Greater Southwest.

fossilized maize

Comparative Paleoethnobotany of the Maya Lowlands (and Greater Middle America)

This project uses archaeobotanical data to examine human-environmental relationships across time and space in the Maya Lowlands of Mexico, Belize and Guatemala. 

database graphic

Council on Library Resources Postdoctoral Fellows in Data Curation

The ASU Libraries and the Center for Digital Antiquity are leaders in digital curation, maintaining unique digital repositories, one general purpose-focused on the research output of one of the country’s largest public universities, and the other a domain-specific repository for archaeology.