Collections

The School of Human Evolution and Social Change, our Archaeological Research Institute, our Deer Valley Rock Art Center and individual faculty members maintain extensive research and teaching collections in archaeology, ethnology and evolutionary anthropology. Indexes to selected anthropology collections are maintained online:

ethnographic collections Including examples from:

  • the American Southwest
  • Latin American Folk Art
  • Southeast Asia-Laos Collections donated by:
    • Jane Hanks
    • William Sage
    • Joel Halpern

archaeological + evolutionary anthropology collections

These include:

  • More than 250,000 individual and bulk archaeological specimens, primarily from Arizona
  • Type and comparative collections in a variety of materials:
    • ceramics
    • fauna
    • pollen
    • seeds
    • non-human primates and fossil hominid casts
  • Whole Pottery Vessel Collection
  • ASU Dental Anthropology Collection, featuring casts from many parts of the world
  • Osteological remains from the early Christian Era Nubian site of Semna South on the upper Nile River, Sudan

The Archaeological Research Institute

ARI is a qualified federal repository and oversees collections including:

  • Roosevelt Platform Mound Study (conducted by Arizona State University)
  • Roosevelt Community Development Study (conducted by Desert Archaeology)
  • Roosevelt Rural Sites Study (conducted by Statistical Research)
  • Lower Verde Archaeological Project (conducted by Statistical Research)

Online exhibits will soon be available in the following areas:

  • Archaeology of the Southwestern U.S.
  • Archaeology of Mesoamerica
  • Archaeology of the Old World

deer valley rock art center

This petroglyph site, overseen by the ASU School of Human Evolution and Social Change, is considered a natural collection. in addition, artifacts are housed and displayed in the center's museum. Holdings include the following:

  • 1,571 petroglyphs on 579 boulders
  • a ground stone quarry
  • a chipped stone quarry
  • cobble hammerstones
  • shell and bone artifacts
  • a single pithouse with 2 trash deposits and 10 cooking pits
  • an agricultural site
  • a possible canal segment
  • an earthen check dam
  • several small, stone masonry rooms

The center is also 47-acre nature preserve that is home to approximately 250 native Sonoran Desert plant species and upwards of 100 permanent and migratory faunal species.