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Emil W. Haury – Part 1

Dr. Haury was a professor of anthropology at the University of Arizona from 1937 until his retirement in 1980, and headed its anthropology department from 1937 to 1964. He was also the director of the Arizona State Museum, in Tucson, from 1938 to 1964.

Through excavations, scientific analysis and writings, he was instrumental in identifying and defining the prehistoric Mogollon Indian culture that flourished for several centuries before A.D. 1000 in what is now eastern Arizona and western New Mexico.

In 1964 and 1965, Dr. Haury led an expedition that expanded scientists’ knowledge of the development of another prehistoric culture, the Hohokam culture, which prevailed for a millennium, until about A.D. 1400, in the desert basins of what is now central and southern Arizona.

He also helped to shape Federal policy on the preservation of archeological remains on Government land. From 1957 to 1975 he was a member of the Committee for the Recovery of Archeological Remains, a panel advising Government agencies like the National Park Service and the Bureau of Land Management.

He was born in Newton, Kan., and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Arizona in 1927 and 1928 and a doctorate from Harvard University in 1934.


Part 1 of a 3-part series from footage resurrected from the archives of a September 1988 interview with Emil W. Haury. In this first part, Haury discusses developing the research program at the University of Arizona in the 1930s, early collaboration with the Tohono O’odham Nation, and excavating and surveying at Ventana Cave, Whitewater Draw, the Grand Canyon, and other sites as well as other topics.