M.A., Anthropology, Texas A&M, 1998
B.S., Secondary Education, History and Geography, 1975
Major Area of Research
Archaeology and history of Texas and New Mexico, GIS applications in archaeological and historical research
Introduction to Anthropology
Emergence of World Civilizations
Introduction to Archaeology
Methods of Archaeology
Archaeology of Texas
Biography I am a teacher and it is my responsibility to prepare students for graduate school or professional employment. I am an archaeologist with thirty years of experience which has influenced and shaped my teaching methodology. My classes are designed to provide students with the total experience of archaeology, from hands-on training to the application of anthropological theory to archaeological datasets.
I am involved in many archaeological and historical projects in Texas and New Mexico; some of these include learning more of what life was like for prehistoric hunters and gatherers of central Texas, for 19th-century homesteaders in Texas and New Mexico, and for those who lived in the neighborhood surrounding Baylor University during the first half of the 20th century. I expose my students to numerous ways in which they can bring the past alive. . . not only by using a trowel, but also, by sleuthing through archival records and by discovering the minutia of everyday life depicted in GIS analysis.
Over the past nine years, I have led the Baylor University Archaeological Field School. Since 2011, my students and I have been working in a large rock shelter near Gatesville. The field school provides students with instruction in excavation and laboratory methods, the use of survey equipment, and the application of GIS to archaeological data management and analysis. My students conduct research on some aspect of the field school investigation and I encourage them to present their research at the Annual Meeting of the Texas Archeological Society and at Baylor University’s URSA Week. By doing so, students learn that archaeology is not just digging in the dirt, but involves many hours of processing artifacts and analyzing data, conducting additional research and sharing their knowledge with the public.