Archaeology Collections
Chaco Canyon

David A. Phillips, Jr. Ph.D., RPA
Curator of Archaeology
(505) 277-9229

Research Divisions


The Chaco Collection, jointly owned and managed by the Maxwell Museum and the National park Service Cultural Research Division, contains approximately 750,000 artifacts from archaeological field work in Chaco Canyon. The collections were acquired from the 1940s through the early 1980s during excavation, testing, stabilization and survey of sites in the canyon and surrounding areas.

THE COLLECTIONS consist of ceramics, lithics and faunal remains, ground stone tools and hammerstones, scientific samples, human burials, stone, shell and bone ornaments, organic materials and a small collection of historic materials from Navajo sites in the area.

The collection also includes archival materials containing unpublished papers, field records, student papers, the core of which was collected by Gordon Vivian, archaeologist for the National Park Service in Chaco Canyon during the 1950s and 1960s, and subsequently donated to the Chaco Collection.

The archives include companion site files for the projects completed during the Chaco Project, from 1971 to 1983, a reference library, a black and white photo collection containing 30,000 images, a 4,500 image slide library and a map collection generated from archaeological field work in the canyon.

For information on Maxwell Museum of Anthropology Chaco Collection contact:

Maxwell Museum of Anthropology
MSC01 1050
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001