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Archaeologists Discuss Water on PBS

Archaeologists Discuss Water on PBS

It’s no secret that the current population of the American West uses a lot of water and goes to great lengths to get it where it’s most needed. The supply is finite, and the demand...

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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 Stories

The Neolithic Transition: The Great Global Experiment

The Neolithic Transition: The Great Global Experiment

The Neolithic transition paved the way for the development of large agricultural settlements. Left: Shunet el-Zebib, at the site of Abydos in Upper Egypt, ca. 2650 B.C. (photo courtesy Shanna Diederichs). Right: Artist’s reconstruction of...

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Featured Programs

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Summer Solstice (June 16–22, 2015)

Hovenweep Explore archaeoastronomy in the Four Corners, and experience summer solstice by the towers of Hovenweep National Monument. Scholars: Bryan Penprase, Ph.D., Professor of Astronomy at Pomona College; Phillip Tuwaletstiwa (Hopi), Cultural Consultant. Read more.

Archaeology Research Program

jk 2013 alums sheperd 04Work alongside our staff archaeologists at excavation sites and in the lab, helping to understand some of the defining moments in Pueblo Indian history and culture. Sign up now for 2015 sessions in June, August, September, and October. Read more.

Olmec and Maya (March 15–28, 2015)

OlmecIn this two-part travel seminar, explore the Veracruz and Chiapas regions of southern Mexico as a crossroads of the Olmec and Maya cultures. Scholar: David Hixson, Ph.D., Maya Exploration Center. Read more.

Archaeology for Teens

jk 2013 HSAC BCP 04Don't just learn about archaeology. Do it! Work alongside our staff archaeologists at excavation sites and in the lab. Sign up now for 2015 camps and High School Field School. Read more.

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Grant Coffey, Goodman Point Video Documentation Project

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A Possible Stockade at the Dillard Site

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Libby Schafer's Story

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Barbara Schwietert's Story

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Dr. Joseph Suina's Story

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Kristin Kuckelman, Goodman Point Video Documentation Project

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Mark Varien, Goodman Point Video Documentation Project

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Dr. Bill Lipe's Story

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Learning from the Human Experience

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