National Park Service archeologists, architects, curators, ethnographers, historians, and other cultural resource professionals work to preserve, protect, and share the prehistory of this land and its people. The links below explore the various aspects of archeology in the Southwest, including the basic concepts of archeology; the practice of managing cultural resources; the keys to identifying and understanding cultural landscapes; the geographical and cultural definitions of the Southwest; the archeology of specific parks in the Southwest; Southwestern prehistoric, or archeological, cultures; Native American perspectives, archeology, and the ties between the present and past in the Southwest; and the role of museums and museum collections in preservation, research, and education.