Richard Wilshusen Named State Archaeologist
Former Crow Canyon Research Director Brings 25-Year Background to Job
History Colorado, the Colorado Historical Society, has announced that Richard Wilshusen is the new state archaeologist for the state of Colorado. Richard served as Crow Canyon's director of research from 1993 to 1995.
During his 25-year career, Richard has served as a field archaeologist, a professor, and a liaison for the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA). In addition to working at Crow Canyon, he has been employed by state and federal governments, tribes, contract firms, and universities. Richard earned a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado in 1991.
According to History Colorado, Richard will oversee the Office of the State Archaeologist and the staff in History Colorado's Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation. The Office of the State Archaeologist provides guidance relating to the identification, documentation, and protection of archaeological resources in Colorado. This includes investigation of impacts to archaeological resources and response to questions for technical and administrative assistance—including responding to the discovery of unmarked human burials and the issuance of permits for archaeological and paleontological work on nonfederal lands in the state.
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