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Haynie Site Yields Clues to Ancient Pueblo Life

Haynie Site Yields Clues to Ancient Pueblo Life

Work on the Northern Chaco Outliers Project at the Haynie site has just begun, but Crow Canyon researchers are already finding tantalizing clues to the size and extent of the great houses at the site. Crow...

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Support Crow Canyon Through Our Online Store

Support Crow Canyon Through Our Online Store

We are excited to announce that our online store, The Crow Canyon Trading Post, is live! Please visit our store and show your support with unique Crow Canyon merchandise. This month we are featuring daypacks sporting the...

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Featured Programs

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Authentic Oaxaca

Monte Alban

November 12–20, 2017 Journey deep into the highlands of Oaxaca with David Yetman, producer and host of the PBS television series In the Americas. A few spaces have opened up on this popular program.

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Archaeology Lab Program

Analyze artifacts at Crow CanyonOctober 9–15, 2016 Work with our lab archaeologists! Analyze pottery and stone artifacts; prepare artifacts for permanent curation.

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Archaeology Research Program

Northern Chaco Outliers Project dig siteSign up now for 2017 and be among the first to excavate at our new research site for the  Northern Chaco Outliers Project. What will you discover?

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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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