Linking Southwest Heritage Through Archaeology (LSWHTA) is a program that connects youth from the Southwest to their cultural histories by using regional archaeology as a bridge. LSWHTA offers students and educators the opportunity for hands-on, behind-the-scenes archaeological experiences at cultural sites, in university laboratories, and at regional national parks. LSWHTA is a partnership between the National Park Service
and the University of Arizona School of Anthropology
and College of Education
. The program is funded by the National Park Service’s Washington Office of Cultural Resource Stewardship and Sciences
Program. LSWHTA is also supported by the Western National Parks Association
Through their participation, our Southwest Archaeology Student Scholars (SASS) will learn about the rich history and pre-European archaeological story of the Southwest. Our scholars will visit National Park Service locations, cultural and historical museums, multiple heritage sites, and UA archaeological laboratories. Hands-on activities will also be involved, including an archaeological dig and artifact analysis, as well as overnight trips to the Grand Canyon, Wupatki National Monument, and New Mexico. Through it all, our Scholars are tasked to think critically about their experiences to deepen their understanding and involvement in the cultural heritage of the Southwest and careers in archaeology, cultural preservation, and history.