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Andrew L. Christenson Ph.D.

Member of EXARC: 
Yes
Member of ICOM: 
No
Location: 
United States

I am an independent archaeologist working in cultural resource management in Arizona (Ph.D., Anthropology, UCLA, 1981), which mostly involves conducting archaeological surveys for companies or agencies planning activities that may affect archaeological remains. Fortunately, some of my time is spent analysing ceramics and lithic collections and involves some chipped stone experimental work.

I am also Curator of the Smoki Museum of American Indian Art and Culture (not open-air). The museum originated with the Smoki People, a group of businessmen with their wives and children who (re)created Indian dances, often with extensive anthropological research, including their version of the Hopi Snake Dance. After over 60 years of performances, protests from the Hopi led to disbanding of the organization and transfer of their museum to a nonprofit group. Of relevance to those interested in the history of reenactment, a selection of Smoki People costumes, movies, posters, etc. are in the permanent collection of the museum. In my current volunteer position I am in charge of the museum's collections which include local archaeological materials, southwestern ethnographic artifacts, and items pertaining to the Smoki People. I also currently have a display on "Microarchaeology" that features my photomicrographs of wear and residue on artifacts and includes a section on experimental work.

Special interests: microscopic analysis of chipped stone; projectile technology; ceramic analysis; ceramic petrography; industrial archaeology (especially railroads and mines); history of archaeology (founding member of the editorial board of the Bulletin of the History of Archaeology)

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