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Zuni Kiva Project Awarded National Trust for Historic Preser…

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The Crow Canyon Archaeological Center has been awarded a generous grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) to help start work on the next phase of...

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Crow Canyon Archaeologists Use Remote Sensing to Peer Into P…

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Crow Canyon archaeologists have been hard at work preparing the Haynie site for the 2018 field season and our Archaeology Research Program participants. At the same time,...

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Longtime Supporter Pam Dowd Joins Crow Canyon Board of Trust…

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The Crow Canyon Archaeological Center pleased to announce the addition of long-time supporter Pam Dowd to our Board of Trustees.

Pam has been a supporter of Crow Canyon since her first...

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Crow Canyon Cultural Exploration Trips Filling Up Fast—Act T…

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Participating in one of Crow Canyon's popular Cultural Explorations travel seminars can be a life-changing experience. But spots on this year's exciting slate of programs are filling...

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Celebrate “Archaeology Month” by Signing Up for Our Archaeol…

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May is officially "Archaeology Month" for a number of states here in the Southwest—and we can think of no better way to celebrate than by signing up...

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Featured Programs

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Wild Food Adventure


arroyo-vino foodAugust 6–11, 2018
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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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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Archaeology Lab Program


arroyo-vino foodSeptember 30–October 6
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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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
talks about the history of the Mesa Verde
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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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