Mike Searcy, Assistant Professor

Department: Anthropology


Email: msearcy@byu.edu

Office: 854 KMBL

Phone: 801-422-5374



  • Anthropology in Archaeology from University of Oklahoma, 2010
  • Anthropology in Archaeology from Brigham Young University, 2005
  • Journallism in Advertising from University of North Texas, 2000

Research Interests

Viejo (AD 700-1200) and Medio Periods (AD 1200-1450) of the Casas Grandes tradition of northwest Mexico; causes linked to transitions in sociopolitical organization and in shifting identities; social theory; long-distance interaction; iconographical analysis; ground stone analysis; ethnoarchaeology; Fremont archaeology; UAVs/drones.


  • Butler Young Scholar Award in Western Studies from Charles Redd Center for Western Studies, 2015

Professional Affiliations

  • American Anthropological Association
  • Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society
  • Utah Professional Archaeological Council

Recent Publications

  • Searcy, M. (2018). Cultura Chihuahua al Sur del Área de Casas Grandes. In La Cultura Casas Grandes. Chihuahua City, Chihuahua: Secretaría de Cultura de Chihuahua y Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia Delegación Chihuahua.
  • Searcy, M. (2017). Explorations in Viejo Period Archaeology at the Vista del Valle Site in Chihuahua, Mexico. In Proceedings of the 48th Annual Chacmool Archaeology Conference. Calgary, Alberta: University of Calgary.
  • Searcy, M., & Kelley, J. (2016). The Viejo Period. Discovering Paquimé.
  • Searcy, M. (2016). Dealing with Legal Uncertainty in the Use of UAVs in the United States. SAA Archaeological Record.
  • Searcy, M. (2016). Introduction to the UAV Special Edition. In SAA Archaeological Record. Society for American Archaeology.
  • Christiansen, E., Talbot, R. K., Searcy, M., & Richens, L. D. (2015). Obsidian Crossroads: An Archaeological investigation of the Panaca Summit/Modena obsidian source in Lincoln County, Nevada. Technical Series No. 15-1, 15(1), 86.
  • Searcy, M. (2015). Beginnings: The Viejo Period. In Ancient Paquimé and the Casas Grandes World (pp. 17-40). Tucson, Arizona: University of Arizona Press.
  • Searcy, M. (2014). Cultural and Contextual Differentiation of Mesoamerican Iconography in the U.S. Southwest/Northwest Mexico. Building Transnational Archaeologies: 11th Southwest Symposium, 53-73.
  • Searcy, M. (2014). A Real Indiana Jones. Insight, 2014-2015, 8-13.
  • Searcy, M., & Pitezel, T. A. (2013). Understanding the Viejo Period: What Are the Data?. In Lonnie C. Ludeman (Ed.), Collected Papers from the 17th Biennial Mogollon Archaeology Conference. Silver City, New MExico: Western New Mexico University.
  • Searcy, M. (2011). The Life-giving Stone: Ethnoarchaeology of Maya Metates. .