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Crow Canyon Statement on Bears Ears National Monument

Crow Canyon Statement on Bears Ears National Monument

The action of the administration to dramatically reduce the size of Bears Ears National Monument is historic, and disappointing; it was also predictable. Both the administration’s decision and the decisions to litigate on the part...

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Crow Canyon Awarded History Colorado Grant for Northern Chac…

Crow Canyon Awarded History Colorado Grant for Northern Chaco Outliers Project

Work on the Northern Chaco Outliers Project got off to an incredible start in 2017, thanks in large part to your generous support and the hard work of our program participants. Now a grant from...

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Chaco to Mesa Verde


ChacoMay 21–26, 2018
See Chaco through a different lens. Tour the Four Corners area with two engaging and thought-provoking scholars: Kyle Bocinsky, Ph.D., and Anthony Lovato (Tewa).

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Archaeology Research Program

Northern Chaco Outliers Project dig siteSign up now for 2018 to excavate at our new research site for the  Northern Chaco Outliers Project. What will you discover?

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Archaeology Lab Program

Analyze artifacts at Crow CanyonNew in 2018! Two sessions for our Archaeology Lab Program: July 29–Aug. 4 or Sept. 30–Oct. 6. Work with our lab archaeologists! Analyze pottery and stone artifacts; prepare artifacts for permanent curation.

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National Geographic to Feature Crow Canyon Archaeologist

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Crow Canyon archaeologist Kyle Bocinsky
talks about the history of the Mesa Verde
cliff dwellings with the production crew of
the upcoming National Geographic Channel series
Origins. (Photo: Jason M. Vaughn)

A Crow Canyon archaeologist will be making his international television debut next year courtesy of an exciting new documentary series about the origins of humankind.

Earlier this month, Kyle Bocinsky, Ph.D., joined a National Geographic Channel production crew working on the new documentary series—called Origins—set to air on the cable channel next year.

According to the program's producers, Origins will explore how human innovation and ingenuity has helped modern humanity take shape. The eight-episode series will take a look at humanity's relationship with a particular subject (fire, tools, war, transportation, etc.) and how that relationship has shaped our world today. Each episode will start in the modern day and work backwards through time to the ancient past.

Bocinsky, Crow Canyon's director of sponsored projects, will be featured in an episode on the subject of shelter. He used the picturesque Long House ruins at Mesa Verde National Park as an example of how people used their ingenuity and creativity to build structures some 800 years ago that helped keep them alive and thriving in a region then plagued by droughts and climate change.

Bocinsky was joined by National Park Interpretive Ranger David Night Eagle as he showed how the ancient farmers constructed their homes in the alcoves of Mesa Verde, as well as described how the people managed to grow crops like corn and survive for nearly a century tucked in the canyons of Mesa Verde.

"It was fun," Bocinsky said of the experience. "The producer asked some really good questions."

National Geographic Channel field producer Peter Hankoff says that Origins air date has not yet been precisely determined—but the show is tentatively scheduled to air in the spring of 2017. According to the network, the National Geographic Channel can be seen in 171 countries and in 45 different languages.

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