Imagine, explore, and reconnect with the land as archaeologist Dr. Christian Downum and Hopi tribal member Lyle Balenquah lead us on in-depth tours of spectacular Sinagua sites in Arizona's Verde Valley and of the Hopi mesas.
You'll learn about the Sinagua culture of central Arizona (A.D. 600–1400) and historical and cultural links between the Sinagua and the Hopi. Highlights include visits to two of the Verde Valley's largest and best-preserved cliff dwellings, Honanki and Palatki. Expect lively conversation about cultural identity and cross-cultural interaction through the centuries. Read more.
In the jungles of Belize and Guatemala, the story of the Maya is told in complex glyphs etched into stone and in the ruins of grand cities—centers of power in an ancient world. The Maya world began as early as 1500 B.C. and reached its pinnacle during the seventh and eighth centuries A.D.
On this extraordinary tour, we join scholar Ed Barnhart to explore both iconic and seldom-seen ruins. Be part of the conversation as we investigate the sacred geometry of Maya architecture, as well as Maya astronomy, agriculture, engineering, and communications, the remarkable achievements of a people whose descendants still live in this region today. Read more.
A one-day overview of Southwest archaeology that you won’t get anywhere else, led by professional archaeologists and educators. Includes a tour of our current excavation site. Offered every Wednesday and Thursday, May through September. For adults and families (kids must be at least 10 years old). Read more.
Did you know that for every day an archaeologist spends in the field, at least four days are required in the lab? This year's lab program will focus on ancestral Pueblo (Anasazi) pottery dating from the Basketmaker III period, A.D. 500–750. Join us! Read more.