Borderlands Program

Interdisciplinary Research on the Prehistoric Culture of the Borderlands

This program incorporates a number of projects lead by Paul Fish and Suzanne Fish involving interdisciplinary research on the prehispanic culture of southern Arizona and adjacent northwest Mexico.

Core themes are land use and landscape as the interface between societies and their environments, and societal institutions for the organization of population and territory.

The program includes archaeological survey and excavation in the Tucson basin area. These studies have been ongoing since 1980 and continue today with the excavation of a village site with a platform mound near Marana, Arizona.

Also a part of the program are studies of "trincheras," unusual terraced sites on hills, in southern Arizona and Sonora, Mexico. The trincheras studies, as well as several other projects in the program, involve bi-national collaboration between Arizona State Museum and Mexican research organizations.

These projects provide many opportunities for research and training in archaeological field methods for both graduate and undergraduate students.