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Research Institute Head Speaks at TEDx

Research Institute Head Speaks at TEDx

On June 14, Mark Varien, executive vice president of the Crow Canyon Research Institute, spoke to a TEDxSonomaCounty audience about lessons learned from the Pueblo Indians of the Mesa Verde region. The theme of the...

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Interns Learn Archaeobotany

Interns Learn Archaeobotany

For anyone who wants to learn about the archaeobotany (also referred to as paleoethnobotany) of the American Southwest, Crow Canyon is the place to do it. Finding academic training in the region is difficult, and...

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A Colorado Gem Worth Visiting

A Colorado Gem Worth Visiting

As part of Colorado Tourism Week coverage in early May, Ricky Lightfoot, Crow Canyon board member, former president and CEO, had just a few minutes to tell Colorado's 9News audience why Crow Canyon is a...

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College Field School

College Field School

In 2015, Crow Canyon will launch a college-accredited field school. Through immersion in a five-week experiential learning program, college students will learn the fundamental techniques of archaeological site identification and recording, excavation, and basic artifact processing...

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Connecting What Was to What’s Next

Connecting What Was to What’s Next

Ever wish you had a time machine so you could see what life was really like in the past? The History Colorado Center in Denver has such a machine, and you might say that Crow Canyon...

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The Crow Canyon Research Institute

The Crow Canyon Research Institute

Mark Varien The Board of Trustees of the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center formally launched the Crow Canyon Research Institute on February 1, 2014. Mark Varien, Ph.D., was named executive vice president of the Institute. The Institute will...

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'Brave Girls' Come to Crow Canyon

'Brave Girls' Come to Crow Canyon

Brave Girls is a leadership program for young women who attend the Santa Fe Indian School. In March, the Brave Girls made a trip to the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center to learn more about their...

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Featured Programs

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Ancient Peoples of Arizona (Oct. 5–11, 2014)

WupatkiImagine, 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.

 

The Ancient Maya (Dec. 7–16, 2014)

belize bigstock-Tikal-Belize-28701359In 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.

 

Archaeology Day Tour

jk 2013 daytour 08A 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.

 

Lab: Basketmaker III Pottery (Oct. 5–11, 2014)

jk 2013 ARSpottery class 016Did 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.

 

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Visit with Respect

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Libby Schafer's Story

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