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Kirk Astroth

About Kirk Astroth

Having grown up in Utah, I spent a lot of time in southern Utah hiking into slot canyons to see ancient habitation sites and rock art. I am fascinated with southwest archaeology and hope to contribute to our knowledge of the cultures that lived here before European contact. While I have pursued some other interests over time, I realized that I have missed my calling and have returned to school to earn a degree in applied archaeology. I have done volunteer work with Archaeology Southwest, Sacred Sites Research, Inc., and I currently work as a volunteer in the Arizona State Museum Conservation Lab where I am X-raying over 2,000 sandals. I am a former AZ Site Steward and former board member with the Arizona Archaeological & Historical Society, and serve on the Tucson Festival of Books Author Committee with responsibilities for recruiting science authors. I volunteer with Humane Borders and help distribute water out in the west deserts for migrants. Finally, I am a professional mountain bike guide and am a board member with the Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclisits.

Selected Publications

Astroth, Kirk A.

           2012      Arizona Rock Art.  Backyards & Beyond, Vol. 6 (1).  Tucson, AZ: The University of Arizona.  pp. 4-8.

           2017      Painted Rocks Petroglyph Site: Crossroads of Culture. San Diego Rock Art Conference. San Diego, CA. November 4.

           2018    The Elusive and Enigmatic Labyrinth Glyphs of the American Southwest. Paper presented at the 45th Annual Meeting of the American Rock Art Research Association (ARARA) Conference, Grand Junction, CO.

           2019    Elusive, Enigmatic Labyrinth Glyphs of the American Southwest. In American Indian Rock Art 45:103-114, edited by Ken Hedges and Anne McConnell.  American Rock Art Research Association (ARARA), San Diego, CA.

           2019   Profound and Persistent Beauty: Petroglyph and Pictograph Recording Project In Kaycee, WY. Presentation to the Arizona Archaeological & Historical Society, Setptember 16. Available online at:

Astroth, Kirk A., T.J. Ferguson, and Caitlin McPherson

            2019    Footprints of Hopi History or Spanish Priests? The Elusive & Enigmatic Labyrinth Glyphs of the American Southwest. Paper presented at the 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology Conference, Albuquerque, NM.




Courses Taught

FCSC 496A Fundamentals of Positive Youth Development

FCSC 496C  Community Youth Development


Painted Rocks National Monument Petroglyph Recording Project, January-March 2016

Sonoran Desert National Monument Archaeological Survey, November 2017

Hole in the Wall Ranch Rock Art Recording Project, Kaycee, WY July 2019

Research Interests

Petroglyphs, pictographs, rock art recording, bell rocks, Southwest archaeology.

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Contact Information

Telephone: 5203435855


BA--University of Denver/University of Copenhagen--Political Science

MA--Columbia University of New York--Political Science

MS--Utah State University--Range Science

Ed.D.--Montana State University--Adult Education and Higher Education Administration