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Photographs by Adriel Heisey
Through June 2, 2013
Terminal 2, Pre-security
The human imprint on the landscape inspired a partnership between photographer Adriel Heisey and Archaeology Southwest. From a low-altitude aerial
viewpoint, Heisey captured images that reveal the relationship of past humans to the geological landscape. Beyond the artistic beauty, these images
show how the terrain and natural resources influenced where humans settled.
The first human footprints in the Americas were made roughly 500 generations ago. Most of the ruins left on the landscape result from small nomadic
social groups to large villages of 300 or more permanent residents. Their subtle as well as obvious traces in the American Southwest have been
recorded by archaeologists for more than a century. Such archaeological sites number almost a half-a-million.
Archaeology Southwest, a private non-profit organization based in Tucson, Arizona, explores and protects the places of our past across the American Southwest
and Mexican Northwest. Using “Preservation Archaeology” their conservation-based practices include: low-impact methods of site investigation; educational
research and projects; partnerships with communities and institutions.
This exhibition merges aesthetic beauty and a record of archaeological preservation that creates a source of wonder, knowledge and identity. Marks that humans
have left on the land tell the stories of past generations and are visible From Above.
Adriel Heisey, Canyon with Great House, Moon and Pueblo Bonito, Chaco Culture National Historical Park, New Mexico, ©1994, photographic print, 65 x 55”
Artworks courtesy of Archaeology Southwest, Tucson, AZ
Read a statement from the artist.