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Fumiyasu Arakawa

Fumiyasu Arakawa

Primary Field
Director, University Museum and Professor, New Mexico State University, Department of Anthropology
Knowledge / Expertise
Interest/Specialty Areas Prehistoric American Southwest, geoarchaeology, lithic technological organization, pottery in Mesa Verde region, sociopolitical organization in tribal-level societies

Dr. Fumi Arakawa is currently the Director of the University Museum and an Associate Professor of Anthropology at New Mexico State University (NMSU). He is also a Research Associate with Crow Canyon Archaeology Center in Cortez, Colorado, and a Senior Researcher with the Village Ecodynamics Project.

Fumi's primary interest is reconstructing sociopolitical organization among the Ancestral Puebloans in the Mesa Verde and northern Mimbres regions. His research examines how social scales and power changed through time in small-scale agricultural societies of the American Southwest using demographic, environmental, and material (lithics and pottery) data. To tackle questions of power and scale, he has gained a strong background in archaeological methods and theories, geology, chemical compositional analyses, and GIS technologies. Fumi has also explored topics related to multi-vocal studies in archaeology, cultural trajectory, gender division of labor, and exchange systems.

Current Research

Since 2015, Fumi has directed summer archaeological field schools at Twin Pines and South Diamond Creek Pueblo, Mimbres sites on the Gila National Forest in New Mexico.

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Geographic Areas of Expertise United States
Pacific Northwest
New Mexico
Geographic Areas of Expertise International
East Asia and the Pacific
Western Hemisphere
United States of America