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Crow Canyon Featured in Lecture Series

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Crow Canyon Archaeological Center is proud to announce that once again we will be taking part in a number of talks and presentations as part of the Four Corners Lecture...

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Crow Canyon Welcomes First School Group of the Season

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Spring means a lot of great things at Crow Canyon–the trees and flowers across campus start to bloom, the marmots wake up from their winter’s sleep, and the...

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Join Us for Southwest Indian Art: Origins and Revivals

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The Tanner family is one of the oldest and most well-known trading post families in the Southwest, and are steeped in a rich legacy of trade networks, nation building,...

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New eBook Highlights Pueblo Farming Project

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This year marks the 10th year of Crow Canyon’s innovative Pueblo Farming Project, and our researchers are marking the occasion by showing off some of their latest research...

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Crow Canyon Connection Coming to Downtown Cortez

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The Crow Canyon Archaeological Center has been a proud part of the Cortez community for 35 years—and now we’re coming downtown!

Crow Canyon Connection...

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Featured Programs

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Archaeology Lab Program


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and new this year; join us in the summer:
July 29–August 4
Make discoveries in the lab. Sign up today!

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Archaeology Research Program

Northern Chaco Outliers Project dig siteExcavate with us at the Haynie site! Sign up now for 2018. What will you discover?

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Wild Food Adventure


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Foodies, this one is for you! Learn about multicultural, foraged, and wild food through interactive demonstrations—while enjoying amazing cuisine. Scholars: some of the finest chefs of the Southwest.

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Crow Canyon Events

Join Us at CultureFest

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October 11–13, 2018
Join us at this year's CultureFest, a time for discovery, friendship, and celebration. This year's lineup of events and speakers is available now. Sign up today!

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National Geographic to Feature Crow Canyon Archaeologist

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Crow Canyon archaeologist Kyle Bocinsky
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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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