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squash plant

Prelude to Plant Domestication in Eastern North America

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

Sustaining Digital Antiquity: Providing Preservation and Access for Archaeological Information

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

Laura Swantek on the island of Cyprus

The Emergence of Social Complexity in Middle-Range Society: Cyprus During the Prehistoric Bronze Age

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

Archaeological Investigations at La Quemada, Zacatecas, Northern Mexico

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

3-D Imaging of Prehistoric Rock Art and Historic Inscriptions at Pipe Spring National Monument

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.