I began my professional interest in archaeology in 1971 when I volunteered to work in the University of Arizona archaeology lab. Despite the fact that I was spectacularly horrible at identifying ground stone my supervisory archaeologist invited me into the field for the next project and I was hooked.
I worked for the next four years for the U of A while I got my BA in anthropology. As I began work on my Masters, I also was offered a position on a project at the Western Archaeological Center of the National Park Service. I worked for them for the next three years. From there I went to the Museum of Northern Arizona for 6 months of field work and then finished my career as a full time archaeologist working as a research archaeologist for the El Paso Centennial Museum. While at EPCM I attended UTEP and seeing my future as lying elsewhere I switched my Master's work to the field of education.
Since then I have taken various positions in archaeology, working as a field archaeologist, a lecturer, a research archaeologist and a tour guide to archaeological sites of the southwest.
The roof in the foreground left is what remains of Cummings laboratory that he constructed in the second story of the ruins. You can see collapsed roof beams and construction debris scattered over the site. Photo by M. Severson.
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