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Ruth M. Van Dyke




Ruth Van Dyke is an archaeologist specializing in the North American Southwest, specifically Chaco Canyon and the Four Corners region. Her research interests include landscape, architecture, power, memory, phenomenology and visual representation. She is currently working on social, visual and political relationships among Chacoan outlier communities in northwest New Mexico. Her new historical archaeology project investigates Alsatian immigration to 19th century Texas.


  • PhD, MA, University of Arizona

Research Interests

  • Southwest United States
  • Landscape, place, and space
  • Social theory
  • Phenomenology, materiality, and representation
  • Historical archaeology