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Steve Tomka, Strong Foundations and Promising Futures: Collaborative Efforts Between the Professional and Avocational Archaeological Community

June 20, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm MST (Arizona)

This lecture is now being offered VIRTUALLY ONLY through AAHS@Home and Zoom.  We have had to cancel the in-person option.

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This presentation will provide a brief history of the collaborative endeavors forged between professional and avocational archaeologists over the last few decades of archaeological research. It will highlight some successes that stand out as positive examples and will outline some future directions that could be pursued to strengthen cooperative relationships between professional and citizen archaeologists for the benefit of the field.

An active landowner and member of the Texas Archaeological Society working with Steve to test a site on his land

Steve A. Tomka received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1994.  His early research interests focused on the origins of quinua and camelid domestication and the development of agropastoralism in the Andean highlands. This led him to several return trips to Bolivia where he carried out ethnoarchaeological research among transhumant llama herders at 4000 meters in elevation. In his day-jobs he served as a project archeologist at one of the Cultural Resource Management firms in Austin, Texas and as interim and full-time director of the Center for Archaeological Research at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Over 18 years at this institution, he conducted archaeological research at several of the Spanish Colonial missions in Texas and is currently finishing up a report of investigations at the Mission San Antonio de Valero, the Alamo. He is currently Cultural Resources Program Director at Raba Kistner Inc., in San Antonio. He has served as Principal Investigator on a Southern Texas Archaeological Association field school, completed a site report on a Texas Archaeological Society field school, has been a member of the Texas Archeological Society for 25 years, and is the recipient of the Jimmy L. Mitchell Award for Outstanding Contributions to South Texas Archaeology, and is a lifetime-member of the Hill Country Archaeological Society of Kerrville, Texas.  


June 20, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm MST
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