Who we are

This is the official website of the non-profit organization the Southwest Symposium Organization. We are a 501 c(3) non-profit that exists to host and publish the proceedings of a biennial archaeological conference focused on the U.S. Southwest and Mexican Northwest.

Our website address is: https://southwestsymposium.org.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Conference Registration and Abstract Submission

When you submit and abstract for the Southwest Symposium conference or when you register (via the external portal to RegFox) we collect contact information including your email address and (optionally) your phone number. We use this information to keep you informed of conference deadlines and to contact you regarding the status of your abstract submission.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


We do not use web analytics software though our hosting service (Stable Host) collects anonymous user statistics by IP Address.

Who we share your data with

When you register for the Southwest Symposium, your contact information and data are processed by a third party payment processor called RegFox (regfox.com) and also the payment processor Webconnex (webconnex.com).

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Contact Information

If you have any privacy specific concerns, please email Matthew.Peeples@asu.edu