Looking for the Future in the Past: Archaeology's Long-Term View

Note: This exhibition, designed by the ASU Museum of Anthropology, will soon travel to Deer Valley Rock Art Center. Check back for details.


February 8–May 30, 2013

Could Archaeology Save the World?

ASU archaeologists Dave Abbott, Michael Barton, Michelle Hegmon, Ben Nelson, Peggy Nelson, Mike Smith and Kate Spielmann, along with doctoral students, present case studies that look at how archaeology can contribute new and innovative ways of using the past. Professors Keith Kintigh and Chuck Redman introduce the projects, which demonstrate the advantages of a long-term view vs. short-term perspective on sustainability.

The faculty believes that ancient and historical material, particularly archaeological evidence, can make significant contributions in the transformation of contemporary society to a more sustainable trajectory.

Designed to realign visitors’ thinking about the archaeological record and how we interpret the past, the exhibit’s case studies investigate the potential for archaeological studies to provide insights into ways of creating a more sustainable world.

This exhibition shows how ASU and faculty of the School of Human Evolution and Social Change engage students to research scholarly information from across the globe, to re-envision archaeology as a science of the present and future, as well as the past.