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Cynthia Irwin-Williams

1936-1990

“An inspiring archaeologist with an incredible legacy!”

Biography

Born April 14, 1936 in Denver, Colorado, Cynthia Irwin-Williams developed an early interest in archaeology along with her brother, Henry.  When she was only 12 and her brother 14, both began working part-time at the Department of Archaeology in the Denver Museum of Natural History and formed an association with the curator, Dr. H. Marie Wormington.  These youthful pursuits led to Cynthia’s interest in the Archaic period and to professional publications on the Magic Mountain, Lo Daiska, and Agate Bluff sites around Denver.

Cynthia attended college at a time when women were still expected to be homemakers.  If they didCynthia-Irwin-Williams decide to pursue higher education, they definitely were not expected to become archaeologists.  Yet, Cynthia did enroll and graduated form Radcliffe College with B.A. and M.A. degrees in Anthropology in 1957 and 1958, respectively.  In 1963 she received her…

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