Archaeology Research Program

Excavate at the Haynie site! With two Chaco-period great houses (A.D. 1050–1140), this site is part of one of the densest concentrations of great houses north of Aztec Ruins National Monument. Excavation began during the 2017 field season. What will you discover?

The Northern Chaco Outliers Project is a multiyear study focused on the Haynie site, an ancestral Pueblo village located on private land near Cortez. Your work will help us understand Chaco influence in the Mesa Verde region, changing human/environment relationships during the A.D. 1130–1180 drought, and the emergence and functioning of community centers through time. 


  • Learn excavation techniquesthen dig alongside our archaeologists. 
  • Work in our archaeology lab, helping to wash, identify, and analyze ancient artifacts.
  • Explore the cliff dwellings of nearby Mesa Verde National Park on a daylong guided tour (for participants new to Crow Canyon). Alumni spend more time in the field.
  • Enjoy evening talks on current topics in Southwestern archaeology.

Daily Schedule
Breakfast 7:30–8:15 a.m.
Morning activity 8:30 a.m.–noon
Lunch noon–12:45 p.m.
Afternoon activity 1:30–about 4:30 p.m.
Dinner 5:30–6:15 p.m.
Evening program begins 6:30 p.m.