The Pecos Conference is an annual conference of archaeologists which
is held in the southwestern United States or northwestern Mexico.
archaeologists gather under open skies somewhere in the southwestern
United States or northwestern Mexico. They set up a large tent for
shade, and then spend three or more days together discussing recent
research and the problems of the field and challenges of the profession.
In recent years, Native Americans, avocational archaeologists, the
general public and media organizations have come to speak with the
archaeologists. These individuals and groups play an increasingly
important role, as participants and as audience, helping professional
archaeologists celebrate archaeological research and to mark cultural
and organized by A.V. Kidder in 1927, the Pecos Conference has no
formal organization or permanent leadership. Somehow, professional
archaeologists find ways to organize themselves to meet at a new
conference location each summer, mostly because they understand
the problems of working in isolation in the field and the importance
of direct face time with colleagues. To make progress with objective
science and with other cultural matters, books and journal articles
are important, but one still must look colleagues in the eye and
work out the details of one's research in cooperative and contentious
Open to all,
the Pecos Conference remains an important and superlative opportunity
for students and students of prehistory to meet with professional
archaeologists on a one-on-one informal basis to learn about the
profession, gain access to resources and to new research opportunities,
and to test new methods and theories related to archaeology.
Pecos Conference will convene August 11-14 at "Mile-And-A-Half
Lake" Large Group Campsite, in the cool pines of the Kaibab
National Forest. This location is 8 miles south of Jacob Lake (at
the intersection of US89A and SR67) and 2.5 miles west of Arizona
SR 67 on Forest Road 212 which is a gravel all-weather road. David
Purcell is the 2011 Conference Chair.
View Archived Pecos Conference Web Pages: 2009