Archaeology may be the study of the human past—but for Dr. Kyle Bocinsky, the ancient past of the desert Southwest can be a useful model for showing ways to deal with the uncertain challenges posed by climate change going into the future.
Bocinsky, an associate with the Research Institute at Crow Canyon, uses computer models largely based on tree-ring data to learn how climate changes affected ancient cultures. This research has been a vital part of Crow Canyon's Pueblo Farming Project—but this research has implications that go beyond just studying the past, as it can be used as a tool to determine how climate conditions may change across the Southwest.
Bocinsky recently talked about his research in a podcast produced by the Native Waters on Arid Lands project. Click here to listen!
Thanks to the generous support of donors and program participants like you, the Research Institute at Crow Canyon has become an important leader not only in the study of the ancient past, but also how the past can be used as a practical guide for the future. It's a vital part of Crow Canyon's mission “. . . to empower present and future generations by making the human past accessible and relevant through archaeological research, experiential education, and American Indian knowledge."