Faculty

Karen Gust Schollmeyer is a Preservation Archaeologist at Archaeology Southwest. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Arizona State University in 2009. Her interests include long-term human-environment interactions; food security and landscape use; and how archaeologists’ long-term insights can be applied to modern issues in conservation and development. Her research has been published in American Antiquity, the Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory, the Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, Kiva, and various book chapters. She has directed numerous field schools in southwest New Mexico.

Jeffery J. Clark is also a Preservation Archaeologist at Archaeology Southwest. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in 1997. Dr. Clark has worked extensively in Southwest Asia and the southern U.S. Southwest. His primary research interest is assessing the scale and impact of ancient migration using archaeological data. He has written extensively on the topic, including one monograph, an edited book, several book chapters, and articles in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, American Antiquity, Kiva, Journal of Field Archaeology, and Journal of Archaeological Research.

Allen Denoyer is a Preservation Archaeologist and Ancient Technologies Expert at Archaeology Southwest. He has been working as a professional archaeologist since the early 1990s, with field experience spanning the Paleoindian through historic time periods. He is also an expert in ancient technologies, and guides students in replicating and using traditional tools for the experimental archaeology component of the field school.

Leslie D. Aragon (Field Director) is a Preservation Archaeology Fellow at Archaeology Southwest and a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Arizona. She has worked as a professional archaeologist for over 10 years and has experience across the Southwest, the Northeast, and the Near East. Her primary research interest is looking at long-term dynamic human social networks and group identities through material culture. Her current research focuses on multiple scales of group identity in the Hohokam Ballcourt World and how they intersected and changed over time.

Maxwell M. Forton (Survey Director) is a doctoral student at Binghamton University, where he earned his M.A. in Anthropology in 2017. His research interests include spatial studies of rock art on the landscape, iconography of Chaco Canyon, and colonial rhetoric in National Parks and wilderness spaces. Max is a 2014 graduate of Archaeology Southwest’s field school and has subsequently done extensive archaeological survey work as an employee of the National Park Service, National Forest Service, and various cultural resource management firms.

Evan Giomi (Ceramics Lab Director and Field Supervisor) is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Arizona.  He earned his BA in Anthropology from New College of Florida in 2013, and his MA in Archaeology at the University of Arizona in 2015.  His interests include pottery analysis, social network analysis, and the impact of coalescence during the Pueblo IV period (A.D.1300-1598) on the unfolding of the early, Spanish colonial encounter (A.D.1598-1680) in New Mexico.

Kelsey Hanson (Lithics Lab Director and Field Supervisor) is a Ph.D. Student in the School of Anthropology at the University of Arizona with broad interests in religion, craft specialization, migration, identity, cultural landscapes, and collaborative heritage management in the U.S. Southwest. Current work includes studies of cave and karst environments and analysis of paint recipes on diverse media. Kelsey primarily conducts research in southeast and east-central Arizona and west-central New Mexico but has also worked in the Great Lakes and in eastern Mesoamerica.