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Archaeological Sites of the American Southwest

Archaeological sites in the American southwest, including Utah, Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona.
  1. Chaco Canyon (9)

Arlington Springs (California)
The Arlington Springs site is located on an island in the North Channel Islands off the coast of southern California in the western United States.

Arroyo Hondo Pueblo
From the School of American Research, text, photos, and bibliography for this 13th-14th century pueblo in the Rio Grande Valley.

Bat Cave (New Mexico)
Bat Cave is an archaeological site consisting of a complex of rockshelters in New Mexico, in the American southwest, with early evidence for maize agriculture.

Black Mesa (Arizona)
Black Mesa is the name given to a large upland area in the American southwestern state of Arizona, upon which hundreds of archaeological sites have been identified.

Blackwater Draw, New Mexico
A terrific website from Eastern New Mexico University at Portales, on one of the most important Paleoindian sites in the Americas.

Burro Flats (California)
A Chumash rock art site in California; photographs from Clive Ruggles.

Calico Hills (California)
Calico Hills is an area of the Mojave Desert in California and the location of the attempts by paleoanthropologists Louis Leakey and Ruth Simpson to find evidence of early humans in the New World.

Channel Islands Archaeology (California)
Report on excavations at Chumash village sites, an article in the UCLA's Backdirt.

Clearwater Site (Arizona)
The Clearwater site is a pithouse site from the Early Agricultural Period (2100 BC to AD 5), excavated by Desert Archaeology Inc and on line at the CDARC website.

Daisy Cave (California)
Daisy Cave is a rockshelter located in the northern Channel Islands off the coast of California in the western United States, with a Paleoindian occupation.

Danger Cave (Utah)
Danger Cave, located in western Utah in the American southwest, contains evidence of 11,000 years of occupation in the desert southwest.

DeMille's Lost City (California)
Only in California; excavations at the 60 year old movie set from director Cecil B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments.

Eel Point (California)
Eel Point is a paleo-coastal archaeological site located on the central western shore of San Clemente Island, a Channel Island located off the California coast.

Grasshopper Pueblo: A story of archaeology and ancient life
The site of Grasshopper Pueblo was the home of the Mogollon people for the latter half of the 13th and the first half of the 14th centuries AD; and the home of an archaeological crew for the better part of 30 summers. Reid and Whittlesley interweave the two human occupations of this beautiful austere place in the mountain country of central Arizona, in an entertaining and illuminating manner.

Hidden Cave, Nevada
Excavations at Hidden Cave in the Stillwater Range have revealed that Native American people used the miserable, dark and dusty cave as storage between 2000 B.C. to about A.D. 1. From David Hurst Thomas at the American Museum of Natural History.

Hinds Cave
Hinds Cave is a dry rockshelter located in the Still Canyon of southwestern Texas, with an important American archaic occupation.

Mockingbird Canyon (California)
Rock Art site in California, photographs from Clive Ruggles' collection.

Murray Springs (Arizona)
The Murray Springs site is located in the San Pedro Valley of Arizona, and it is an early Clovis site where buffalo were butchered about 11,000 years ago.

Naco (Arizona)
The Naco site, located in Greenbush Draw near the town of Naco in Arizona on the border with Mexico, was discovered to hold evidence of Clovis people hunting mammoths.

Navajo Springs (USA)
Navajo Springs is an Anasazi site in the Chaco Canyon system, located on the Puerco River of Arizona about 300 kilometers southwest of Chaco Canyon.

Olsen Canyon (Califorina)
From Clive Ruggles, photographs of this rock art site in California.

Pecos Pueblo (New Mexico)
The Pecos Pueblo site is a pueblo in the American southwest, visited by the Spanish conquistador in the 16th century.

Pu'u Ali'i (Hawai'i)
The archaeological site of Pu'u Ali'i is located on the Kona coast of the main island of Hawai'i.

Sandia Cave (New Mexico)
The archaeological site of Sandia Cave, located in the American state of New Mexico, is one of those sites that archaeologists and politics have clashed so strenuously that we'll probably never really know what's going on with it.

Shaw Butte Hilltop
A virtual visit to a tiny rockshelter in the Shaw Butte, decorated with Hohokam petroglyphs and thought to be an astronomical observatory, from Todd Bostwick and Stan Plum.

Snaketown (Arizona)
The archaeological site of Snaketown belongs to the Hohokam culture of the American southwest, and is located on the Gila River in the Sonoran Desert of central Arizona.

The Casas Grandes World
This book is a collection of articles, resulting from a 1995 symposium of 25 or more researchers, under the theme "The Casas Grandes Interaction Sphere: Origins, Nature, contacts, and Legacy."

Woolen Mills Chinatown (California)
From the Chinese Historical and Cultural Project, investigations into urban archaeology on the Chinese community of Woolen Mills, in Chinatown, San Jose, California.

Wreck of the S.S. Pomona (California)
A 19th century steam ferry, sunk off Fort Ross in 1908; a report and photo gallery from Indiana University.

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