George Crawford, Director, Blackwater Draw National Landmark, Eastern New Mexico University.
M.A Anthropology, University of Missouri 1994
B.A. Anthropology, University of Missouri 1988
George Crawford is the current Director of the Blackwater Draw National Historic Landmark, a.k.a. the Clovis site. Mr. Crawford has long had interests in pre-industrial subsistence strategies, tool kits, and craftsmanship. His early academic research was almost exclusive to Atlantic Europe and North Africa but for practical reasons changed focus to the prehistory of North America, ultimately becoming interested in the earliest cultures of the Americas. His current work focuses on the interactions of the Southern High Plains and the American Southwest as well as our evolving knowledge of the effects of climate change on hunter-gatherers.
Professional work: Received both B.A. and M.A. from University of Missouri and has worked professionally as an archaeologist for the past 22 years. He served briefly as Project Archaeologist and Cartographer for a contract archaeology firm in Oxford, England while finishing graduate school and soon thereafter joined the staff of the Office of the State Archaeologist of Iowa. He worked at the Center for Archaeological Research at Missouri State University and was involved in several large excavations including very early Paleoindian research. He then took a position at the Clovis site working on field projects in New Mexico and Texas while serving as Adjunct Faculty at Eastern New Mexico University. During this time he created the first comprehensive map of the Clovis site and surrounding landscape, and developed a master plan for future management of the National Landmark. When the position ended, Mr. Crawford worked for several years on Federal and State archaeological contracts in California, Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, Texas, Illinois, Missouri, and North Dakota involving large cultural resource surveys and extensive excavations of sites ranging in age from Paleoindian through contact period Plains Villages. In 2008, he returned to the Clovis site to oversee research and management of the Landmark for the State of New Mexico where he is also involved with the Department of Anthropology and Applied Archaeology at ENMU.
David Kilby, Assistant Professor, Anthropology and Applied Archaeology, Eastern New Mexico University
Ph.D. University of New Mexico, 2008
M.A. Eastern New Mexico University, 1998
B.A. Appalachian State University, 1992
I recently completed my doctoral dissertation on Clovis caches and caching behavior, which reflects my research focus on Paleoindian archaeology and lithic technology. Other academic interests include geoarchaeology, hunter-gatherer ecology, and Southwestern prehistory. In pursuing these interests I have had the opportunity to work at some of the classic western Paleoindian sites, including Blackwater Draw, Murray Springs, Mockingbird Gap, Folsom, and the Rio Rancho Folsom site, as well as Boca Negra Wash, Deann’s Site, Demolition Road, Nall Playa, and others. My current research includes continued investigation of Clovis caches, including the newly recognized Beach cache in North Dakota, as well as work at the Blackwater Draw site.
Stacey D. Bennett Graduate Assistant, Eastern New Mexico University
M.A. candidate, Eastern New Mexico University
B.A. Northern Arizona University, 2007
I am a graduate student at Eastern New Mexico University. My initial archaeological fieldwork focused on Plains Village sites along the Missouri River in North Dakota. Prior to returning for my Masters degree, I was Laboratory Director for PaleoCultural Research Group and participated in multiple projects through all phases of research. I have conducted fieldwork in North Dakota, Nebraska, Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico, primarily for non-profit and university based research outfits. More recently, my interests have expanded to include Paleoindian archaeology and faunal studies. My graduate assistantship at the Clovis site has provided a valuable opportunity for investigation of Paleoindian practices, particularly the procurement and utilization of bison.
Jeremy Loven Graduate Assistant, Eastern New Mexico University
M.A. candidate, Eastern New Mexico University
B.A. Metropolitan State College of Denver, 2010
I am a first year Anthropology graduate student at Eastern New Mexico University and a graduate assistant working with the Blackwater Draw site. I have conducted archaeological fieldwork in Colorado, New Mexico, and Chihuahua, Mexico. My areas of primary interest are centered on Paleoindian archaeology within the Llano Estacado, and the Medio period (1200-1450 A.D.) Casas Grandes region and interaction sphere.