Collections

The School of Human Evolution and Social Change, our Center for Archaeology and Society 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 Center for archaeology and society

The center is composed of the Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve (formerly the Deer Valley Rock Art Center), the Innovation Gallery (formerly the ASU Museum of Anthropology) and the Center for Archaeology and Society Repository (formerly the Archaeological Research Institute). As such, the center houses extensive collections and provides lab space for students working with collections, as well as for exhibitions featuring the center's holdings.

center for archaeology and society repository

This qualified federal repository oversees collections that include:

  • 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

This petroglyph site is considered a natural collection. in addition, artifacts are housed and displayed in the site'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 site is also a 47-acre nature preserve that is home to approximately 250 native Sonoran Desert plant species and upwards of 100 permanent and migratory faunal species.