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fossilized bones

This project employs an innovative and powerful approach to the synthesis of archaeological data to address a central research question: What is the relationship between Southwestern U.S. faunal resource procurement and demographic, social organizational and environmental change? 

Tiwanaku ruins in La Paz, Bolivia

This project will significantly alter current understandings of early South American complex polities, while the innovative interdisciplinary approach employed provides future researchers with the tools necessary to identify the significance of individual actors in large-scale and long-term social transformations. 

Calixtlahuaca, Mexico

This archaeological project address two research questions: 1) How was the economy of the ancient city of Calixtlahuaca organized? and 2) How did large processes such as conquest by the Aztec empire affect life, society and economy at Calixtlahuaca?

Chinese terracotta warriors

The goal of this project is to improve our understanding of the quality of the archaeological record. 


squash plant

With National Science Foundation support, Dr. Jane Buikstra leads an interdisciplinary team of researchers from Arizona State University and the Center for American Archeology in exploring the origins of agriculture in Eastern North America, one of 10 regions worldwide known to have witnessed the independent domestication of plants.

swirling numbers

Digital Antiquity’s mission is to ensure preservation of and access to digital archaeological information.

Laura Swantek on the island of Cyprus

This National Science Foundation-funded doctoral dissertation research examines how people form socio-economic relationships through time and across space and through these connections are able to exert control of labor, maintain long-distance trade contacts, and differentially access material and ideological resources and as a result become wealthy members of society while others cannot. 

Ruins of La Quemada staircase

Why do societies become complex, developing social hierarchies with specialized economic, political and religious roles for their members? Why do civilizations expand? Northern Mexico’s ancient past is an ideal context for studying these questions.

Pipe Spring petroglyph

This project seeks to obtain baseline condition information of prehistoric rock art and historic inscriptions at Pipe Spring National Monument and provide educational opportunities for National Parks Service staff, college students and tribal members in the art, techniques and use of 3-D laser imaging in managing cultural resources.