Faculty Mentors

 To help students integrate archaeological research with public outreach, HUROP brings together archaeologists who are actively conducting research in the area with professionals who specialize in museums and public outreach.  The program director and principal investigator, Dr. Lisa Young, has directed numerous field projects in the Homol’ovi area and has a long-term research interest in the pre-1250 A.D. occupation of the area.  She is also involved in projects that communicate information about archaeology and American Indians to the public. 

During the 2006, 2007, and 2008 field seasons, students also worked with archaeologists who have conducted long-term research projects in the Homol’ovi area.  Dr. E. Charles Adams and Richard C. Lange of the Arizona State Museum  have directed survey and excavations of many of the large Homol’ovi pueblos.  Dr. Douglas Gann, Center for Desert Archaeology , combines his numerous years of archaeological fieldwork and research on architecture in the Homol’ovi area with computer and digital technologies to created virtual models of archaeological sites.  Together Young, Adams, Lange, and Gann bring decades of experience on the archaeology of the Homol’ovi area and important perspectives on sharing archaeology with the public.   

Students also had the opportunity to discuss their public outreach projects with two museum professionals, Susan Secakuku and Dr. Raymond Silverman, who share their perspectives and knowledge about communicating with various audiences.  Dr. Silverman is the director of the Museum Studies Program at the University of Michigan and has extensive experience teaching museum studies courses, organizing insightful symposia on museum issues, and developing displays on the art of indigenous peoples.  Ms. Secakuku is a member of the Hopi Tribe and works cooperatively with museums, cultural centers, libraries and Native peoples throughout the Americas.  

In addition to the faculty mentors, interns worked closely with University of Michigan graduate students, who helped them learn how to conduct archaeological fieldwork and aided them in communicated information about the excavations to the public.

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