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Archaeology

The story of Arizona can be found in its numerous well-preserved ancient ruins, fine museums, ongoing digs and thousands of artifacts that have been carefully collected and cataloged over many years of work.

You'll find engaging archaeological attractions at sites across Arizona – including many national monuments in Northern Arizona, as well as sites in both Central Arizona and Southern Arizona. In the Phoenix and Tucson areas, you'll also discover several museums and exhibitions dedicated to Arizona's archaeological past.

At some ruins, you can walk through centuries-old rooms where women cared for their children and cooked meals for their families. You can see where men made tools to hunt the region's wild animals for food. During special times of the year, other sites also open their archaeological digs to volunteer amateur archaeologists – giving you the opportunity to work and explore alongside professional staff. 

Wherever you go, all year round, Arizona's archaeological wonders promise visitors of every age and interest unforgettable experiences. Start exploring Arizona's archaeology with the listings below, or visit Arizona Heritage Traveler for more information. 

A word to all visitors: When you tour Arizona archaeological sites, you are visiting the homes of people who lived here thousands of years ago. Please be respectful of their homes and villages. Always stay on trails. Never pick up anything that belongs to the site or to the exhibit. And dispose of your trash properly in receptacles or bins.

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