Social Science Research Institutes

Archaeology Southwest

  • Tucson, AZ
  • www.archaeologysouthwest.org

Mission Statement

For three decades, Archaeology Southwest has practiced a holistic, conservation-based approach to exploring the places of the past. We call this Preservation Archaeology. By exploring what makes a place special, sharing this knowledge in innovative ways, and enacting flexible site protection strategies, we foster meaningful connections to the past and respectfully safeguard its irreplaceable resources.

Main Programs

  1. Research
  2. Outreach and Education
  3. Preservation Fellowship
  4. Site Protection
Service Areas

Self-reported

Arizona

Archaeology Southwest is focused on exploring and protecting the places of our past throughout the American Southwest and Mexican Northwest.

ruling year

1991

Principal Officer

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Dr. William Doelle

Keywords

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archaeology, historic preservation, archeology, cultural heritage

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EIN

86-0640183

 Number

1711907230

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Anthropology, Sociology (V21)

Humanities Organizations (A70)

Land Resources Conservation (C34)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Archaeology Southwest's mission is to explore and protect the places of our past. Our programs do this through a unique integration of site protection, scholarly research, and education that includes:
- Identifying, prioritizing, acquiring, and protecting endangered cultural resources
- Sharing the values, vision, and purpose of Preservation Archaeology
- Shifting public attitudes and behavior that foster meaningful connections to the past and respectfully safeguard irreplaceable resources
- Developing a comprehensive plan for preserving Southwest cultural resources in conjunction with stakeholders: Native communities, private landowners, policy makers, and researchers
- Pursuing big picture research questions that further protection goals and stimulate the public imagination, while using existing collections and minimizing the impact on archaeological sites
- Influencing and collaborating with scholars, policy makers, and the general public regarding the importance of site preservation
- Providing educational and field opportunities for students and scholars that foster the Preservation Archaeology ethic
- Bringing Preservation Archaeology to life for the public through relevant and accessible publications as well as outreach, education, interactive exhibits, tours, and experiential programs.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Research

Archaeology Southwest follows a Preservation Archaeology focus in its research. We strive to answer big picture questions about past life in the Southwest. We employ noninvasive or low-impact research techniques, including use of existing data and collections, surface surveys, mapping, and excavation of small test units.

Category

Social Science Research

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$578,895.00

Program 2

Outreach and Education

A key element of Archaeology Southwest's Preservation Archaeology focus is a commitment to public outreach and education. We share what we learn through our research programs with interested adults across the country through events and lectures, a content-rich website, and our flagship publication, Archaeology Southwest Magazine.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$354,816.00

Program 3

Preservation Fellowship

Archaeology Southwest believes that students pursuing a doctorate in anthropology should be trained in a manner that provides them with maximum flexibility in a constantly changing job market. Our program provides fellows the opportunity and funding to complete a doctoral program of original research while expanding the range of experience generally offered by academic programs by providing training in Preservation Archaeology concepts and methods.

Category

Social Science Research

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$37,055.00

Program 4

Site Protection

At Archaeology Southwest, we view cultural landscapes, archaeological sites, artifact collections, and archives as nonrenewable resources. We undertake a broad range of preservation initiatives on behalf of these resources. We protect places on the land by purchasing sites, acquiring conservation easements, and working directly with landowners. We develop case-specific solutions. In collaboration with diverse partners, we take action on behalf of significant cultural sites and landscapes. By advocating for the places of our shared past, we empower others to preserve them. Protecting places means being prepared when opportunities arise. As such, we participate in priority planning workshops in which information is organized and evaluated and protection strategies are devised.

Category

Public, Society Benefit

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$149,044.00

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Our main goals are to expand Preservation Archaeology initiatives that lead to measurable increases in the protection of cultural resources in the American Southwest, and to inspire a broader audience of people engaged with the mission of Archaeology Southwest, which is to explore and protect the places of our past.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    - Use big picture research projects to answer questions about the archaeology of the human experience in the American Southwest
    - Protect archaeological sites through outright landownership or the holding of conservation easements
    - Continue to use our Priority Planning initiatives to guide site acquisitions
    - Train other professionals in the preservation planning approach and priority planning
    - Education the next generation of professional archaeologists in a preservation ethic through our Preservation Archaeology Field School
    - Continue production of our award-winning quarterly publication, Archaeology Southwest Magazine
    - Expand the reach of the Hands-On experiential archaeology outreach program
    - Use digital modeling and virtual reality programs to bring the past to life for a broad audience
    - Provide a content-rich website full of useful information on southwestern archaeology and preservation efforts
    - Continue and expand public programming across the American Southwest
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Our capabilities for meeting our goals are strong. We have a staff of 12 full-time employees, six of whom hold Ph.D. degrees in archaeology. Our staff has expertise in a wide variety of areas, including archaeological research, land conservation, digital media, communications, editing, marketing, graphic design, and fund development.

    We are led by a committed and growing volunteer Board of Directors. We have been highly successful in our fundraising efforts. As one example, Archaeology Southwest successfully competes with large university research institutions for funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF). By the end of 2014, we had received our 11th grant from NSF, which places us in the top one-third of all so-awarded institutions in the United States.

    We also have active partnerships with other organizations, including the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the University of Arizona, and Arizona State University. These types of partnerships allow us to work more effectively and accomplish more than any one organization could do on its own.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Archaeology Southwest is currently completing a new strategic plan to guide our efforts for 2016, 2017, and 2018. That plan contains specific action steps, time lines, and measures of success. The plan will guide our annual operating plans and will be used to measure whether we are making progress on our goals. Ultimately, an increase in the amount of archaeological resources under some form of protection is the measure of our success.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    We have almost 500 acres of land containing archaeological resources protected through ownership or easements. We've trained 70 students in Preservation Archaeology through our annual field school. We are currently in the 29th year of our publicly-oriented Archaeology Southwest Magazine. We have supported seven PH.D. students through the Preservation Fellowship program. Our scholarship research has been published in a number of peer-reviewed publications, including American Antiquity and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

    We are striving to increase the protection of archaeological resources along the Great Bend of the Gila River in Arizona through the creation of a National Monument. We want to improve our public education and outreach abilities, reach more people with our magazine, make our website even more accessible and useful, fully realize the potential in the use of digital media and virtual reality, and in general, reach more people with our message of preservation.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Arizona

Archaeology Southwest is focused on exploring and protecting the places of our past throughout the American Southwest and Mexican Northwest.

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Financials

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ARCHAEOLOGY SOUTHWEST
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
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Operations

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Archaeology Southwest

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Dr. William Doelle

BIO

Dr. Doelle has over 30 years experience as a professional archaeologist. He has worked extensively in Mexico, Guatemala, and the North American Southwest. His primary research interest is the demographic history of the Greater Southwest. Dr. Doelle served six years as Treasurer of the Archeology Division of the American Anthropological Association, and is past chair of the Fundraising Committee for the Society for American Archaeology.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Peter H. Boyle

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


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Diversity Strategies
Yes
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
Yes
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
No
We use other methods to support diversity