New World Archaeological Foundation

The New World Archaeological Foundation was organized in 1952 for the purpose of studying Preclassic Mesoamerica. The NWAF is the foreign archaeological organization with the longest continued presence in Mexico. Gareth W. Lowe served as director from 1984 to 1988.

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Established: 1952

Location: Provo, Utah (1952- )


The New World Archaeological Foundation was organized in 1952 with the stated purpose of studying Preclassic archaeology (from about A.D. 200 and earlier) in Mesoamerica. The foundation produces papers and reports of field work and of studies of subjects related to Mesoamerican (southern Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador and western Honduras) archaeology. The Papers are written by archaeologists as reports of their work which are referenced extensively by others.

Assets and Administrative Structure

The New World Archaeological Foundation was administered by a director, under the direction of the college dean.

Associated Units

Superior unit: Brigham Young University (1952-1984)

Superior unit: Brigham Young University. College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences (1984- )

Associated unit: Brigham Young University. Research Division (1977-1990)

Associated Archival Materials

John Sorensen letters, 1953-1975 (MSS 3977)

New World Archaeological Foundation (Electronic Resource:

New World Archaeological Foundation obra, 1952-1980 (F 1219 .X1 L44)

Papers, 1936-1970 (MSS 1549)

Papers, 1952-1998 (UA 1114)

Summary notes (No. 1) (913.7 N42p no.2; F 1219.1 .C45 N48x)


Brigham Young University General Catalog, 1984-1985: p. 288 (Gareth W. Lowe, director (1984-1988))

Brigham Young University Harold B. Lee Library Digital Collections at BYU WWW site, December 16, 2009: New World Archaeological Foundation (founded in 1952; functions)

Maintenance Information

Record ID: EAC-2009-00597

Creator: RSP