Ancestral Hopi Archaeology

Humanities Seminars Course

Ancestral Hopi Archaeology

Director Patrick Lyons Arizona State Museum; School of Anthropology
Past Course
WEDNESDAYS 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. May 9, 16, 23, 30
Dorothy Rubel Room



The Hopi, who have maintained many of their ancient practices while deftly navigating the dramatic changes of the last 500 years, are among the world’s most fascinating and most studied peoples. This seminar will introduce participants to the archaeology, anthropology, and history of the Hopi people, answer questions, and dispel myths. Migration is the central theme of Hopi oral tradition and archaeological evidence lends strong support to the notion that Hopi ancestors migrated through many parts of the US Southwest and were key players in large-scale social transformations. This course will focus on three related topics: the Hopi people as an ethnolinguistic community composed of many different social groups; Hopi claims of affiliation with many different archaeological cultures (e.g., Anasazi, Mogollon, Hohokam); and correlations between archaeological evidence of ancient events in the US Southwest and Hopi oral accounts of their past.


Required Reading: 

Lyons, Patrick. Ancestral Hopi Migrations. (Anthropological Papers). University of Arizona Press, 2003.  ISBN-10: 0816522804.

Other readings will be posted at Box@UA. Registered students will receive the link to that site to download the readings closer to the beginning of the course.

PATRICK D. LYONS is Director of the Arizona State Museum and Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Arizona. He has conducted fieldwork in the ancestral Hopi villages of the Homol'ovi area, in northeastern Arizona, and the San Pedro Valley, in southeastern Arizona. He is the author of Ancestral Hopi Migrations, published by the University of Arizona Press. His work has also appeared in many peer-reviewed journals and numerous edited volumes.


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