ASM Open House for UA Students and Faculty

9 September 2016
  • 03:00 - 05:00

College students and faculty will meet museum curators, visit laboratories, enjoy behind-the-scenes tours, and learn about internships and classroom resources.­­­­ See information below on which areas will be open for you to visit.


Room 207 - Archaeological Records Office/AZSITE

The archaeological records generated by surface surveys are archived at the Arizona State Museum. In addition to archiving site cards, maps, reports, and field notes, the Arizona State Museum records site and survey data, and indexes the other archived materials in a secured, online Geographic Information System, AZSITE.  AZSITE is used by land managers, archaeologists, and a variety of scholars as an archaeological research and resource management tool that facilitates the identification and preservation of Arizona's cultural resources. For more information, contact Teresa Gregory,, or call (520) 621-1271.


Room 301 - Homol’ovi Research Program/Rock Art Ranch (left side of balcony)

The Arizona State Museum’s Homol’ovi Research Program has explored 13th-14th century ancestral Hopi communities near Winslow, Arizona since 1984, as well as more recently at Rock Art Ranch (see below). An enormous artifact assemblage and database offer undergraduate and graduate students diverse opportunities to gain experience in laboratory analysis or find research topics. For more information, contact E. Charles Adams (; 621-2093) or Richard C. Lange (; 621-6275).

Room 301 - Summer 2016 Archaeological Field School/REU Research Site

The School of Anthropology will conduct its sixth field season with a fieldschool in northern Arizona located at the historic Rock Art Ranch, about 20 miles southeast of Winslow, under the direction of Dr. E. Charles Adams. The fieldschool will run from June 6 through July 9, 2016 and will receive 7 hours of credit from the University of Arizona. For more details visit or email Dr. Adams at  Companion to the fieldschool is the National Science Foundation-supported Research Opportunities for Undergraduates (REU) program at Rock Art Ranch that begins June 6 and continues through July 22, 2016. For more details on this program visit or contact Dr. Adams


Room 105 - Repository Collections

Established in 1984, the ASM repository receives and manages collections excavated on both public and private lands across the state focusing on the historic and prehistoric cultures of Arizona. The collections currently include c. 30,000 cubic feet of comparative sherds, chipped and ground stone, shell artifacts, faunal bone, and environmental samples. These objects, as well as accompanying field notes and reports, are available for research. The repository provides a means for students to gain experiences with material cultur of the Southwest, while learning about museum practices and standards. Students frequently assist in the inventory and cataloguing collections. If you are a researcher wishing to request access to the collections, please contact Arthur Vokes by email at or at 626-9109.




Lobby – Community Engagement: Exhibit Tours

Take a 20-minute exhibit highlight tour! Get introduced to the Paths of Life, Pottery and Intimacy of Faith exhibits. Tours offered at 3:30, 3:45, 4:00, 4:15, 4:30. Meet your guide by the desk in the lobby to start.

Entrance to Paths of Life (gallery above the film) – Community Engagement: Exhibits, Outreach, Public Programs and K-16 Education, Docents

Apply your interest in culture to bring the ideas and content of the museum to a diverse and broad range of audiences through a variety of programs and activities. Internships and volunteer opportunities are available in all areas of this division. Professors: talk to us if you want to bring your class to ASM. If interested in interning or volunteering in the Community Engagement Division, contact Lisa Falk, Head of Community Engagement, 626-2973 (

Outreach and Partnership Programs

Dig deeper into cultural programming with our Outreach and Partnership Programs, such as the Native Eyes Film Showcase, National Dialogues on Immigration, collaborations with Ha:san School and Native organizations, cultural literacy education programs, the museum's blog, and educational materials development, etc.

Public Programs/ K-16 Education

Learn about museum education and engaging school, family, and adult visitors with our exhibitions. Present programs for K-12 school groups at the museum or at their schools, help develop hands-on activities and other educational materials, and present programs for family audiences at the museum, and help produce adult programs such as lecture series and workshops as well as teacher workshops. Help conduct visitor surveys to evaluate what visitors enjoy and learn during their museum experience.

Docent Program

Do you like talking to people? Become a museum docent. These volunteers interpret exhibits and help visitors better understand and appreciate the rich cultural diversity of the American Southwest by giving tours, speaking with visitors, and sharing objects. Docent training includes content background, learning theory, public speaking tips, and readings and discussions. The Docent Program schedules monthly trips to area cultural locations and is also a book club.


Do you like building things? Do you have skills in matting and framing, graphic design, or civil engineering or theater set design? How about interviewing people? Work with us to maintain, plan, and install exhibits, including traveling or pop-up exhibits. Help create props for various public programs. Help conduct visitor surveys to evaluate what visitors enjoy and learn during their museum experience.

Room 125 - Conservation Laboratory (Behind The Pottery Project Exhibit)

Arizona State Museum's Preservation Division actively supports and promotes the museum's policy to preserve and protect the collections entrusted to its care. Investigations conducted in the lab include:  characterization tests for objects of art and archaeology, testing of pesticide residues on museum objects, new protocols for ceramic care, and integrated pest management systems. For more information contact Dr. Nancy Odegaard, Head of Preservation ( or Teresa Moreno (  621-6314)

Room 123 - The Pottery Vault (Behind The Pottery Project Exhibit)

The pottery vault stores some 20,000 Southwest Indian whole-vessel ceramics that are the focus of ASM's POTTERY PROJECT. Spanning 2000 years of life in the unique environments of the American desert Southwest and northern Mexico, the collection reflects almost every cultural group in the region. Queries should be addressed to Diane Dittemore  ( or Suzanne Eckert ).



Room 201 - ASM Library and Archives

ASM Library is a non-circulating research collection focusing on the archaeology, ethnology and material culture of the American southwest and northern Mexico. The online collection catalog is available at The Library is open Tuesday-Thursday, 10am-3pm.

ASM Archives cares for personal papers, institutional records, and project files related to other Museum collections, and include records from contract archaeology, archaeological field schools, ethnographic fieldwork, and the personal research papers of various ASM staff, UA School of Anthropology Faculty and former students, and private individuals who have donated their materials. Access is by appointment only.  For more information, contact Mary Graham, or Christina Antipa, ASM Library & Archives:  621-4695.

Room 216 - Ethnological Collections

ASM's ethnological collections—about 35,000 items—represent over 400 different culture groups. More than one third are from the SW United States and NW Mexico. In addition to the collections from the Southwest, the remaining collections are from other parts of North America, Central and South America, Africa, Oceania and Asia. Queries about the collections should be addressed to Diane Dittemore ( or Andrew Higgins ( 520-621-2079.

Room 218 - Archaeology Collections

The collections consist of ca. 175,000 cataloged items, c. 30,000 cubic feet of research collections, c. 15,000 site survey collections, and several thousand type sherds. The ASM archaeological collections focus on the Greater Southwest. In addition, the collections also include small collections of material from other parts of North America, South America, and the Old World. Archaeological collections at ASM are accessible for study to students and scholars by application to the Curator of Collections or the Archaeological Collections Curator. Queries about the collections should be addressed to Suzanne Eckert ( ).



Room 311 - Bioarchaeology Lab/Program

The ASM Bioarchaeology Laboratory and Collections provide students and faculty alike with opportunities to learn about the biological variation of past peoples. Human Osteology (ANTH 468/568)—the study of the human skeleton—is offered as a class every year and provides the critical initial training for a career in bioarchaeology or biological anthropology.  Our collections offer extensive research potential for professionals and students and we conduct field research and training in the documentation of human skeletal remains.  For more information, contact Dr. Watson ( or Dr. McClelland (

Room 311A - Stanley J. Olsen Laboratory of Zooarchaeology

The Stanley J. Olsen Laboratory of Zooarchaeology at the Arizona State Museum is one of the top laboratories for zooarchaeological research in North America.  The Lab houses a large reference collection of close to 4000 fish, bird, reptile, amphibian, and mammal skeletal specimens from over 600 species.  The collections include specimens from six continents; however, most specimens were collected from the southeastern and southwestern regions of North America.  The Olsen Lab is used by students, visiting scholars, and volunteers, as well as for public outreach activities. For more information, contact Nicole Mathwich (

Room 320 - Office of Ethnohistorical Research (OER)

The Office of Ethnohistorical Research (OER) offers plenty of resources for student and faculty researchers interested in the ethnohistory, documentary history, environmental history, and/or political ecology of the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. OER holdings include a 1,200-reel microfilm collection with tens of thousands of Spanish-language documents pertaining to the Spanish Borderlands, as well as a library with more than 8,000 secondary works, reference materials, indexes to major archival collections, maps, and guides to paleography and translation. Our research program also provides opportunities for students and volunteers to gain hands-on experience with transcribing, translating, and interpreting documents related to the past of this region’s Native peoples. Contact Dr. Dale Brenneman (