Dr. Holly Norton Named State Archaeologist and Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer
Thu, 06/25/2015 - 3:08pm
DENVER, June 25,2015--History Colorado and the Office of the State Archaeologist have named Dr. Holly Norton as Colorado’s new State Archaeologist and Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO). Norton replaces Dr. Richard Wilshusen, who served as State Archaeologist and Deputy SHPO for four years. She assumes her new role on July 1, 2015.
The State Archaeologist administers state and federal laws relating to archaeology and historic resources. The position provides staff authority on archaeological matters within History 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.
“Dr. Norton has a wide range of experience in academia, with state and federal agencies, and in private consulting firms,” says Steve Turner, Vice President for Preservation at History Colorado. “Her diverse skill set is a huge asset to History Colorado.”
Norton has over 10 years of experience in both the professional and academic fields of archaeology. She received her Ph.D. from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, where she focused on historical archaeology, specifically African-American slavery and conflict events. She holds an M.A. in anthropology from Syracuse and a B.A. in anthropology from the University of South Carolina. Her experience as an educator is accompanied by an expansive list of presentations, published papers, posters, book reviews and peer-reviewed publications.
“As State Archaeologist I look forward to working with the archaeological community to increase public awareness of the importance of Colorado’s archaeological resources,” says Norton. “Colorado has a rich archaeology and architectural history and I am honored to serve Colorado as the State Archaeologist.”
Norton is a member of the American Anthropological Association and serves as Communication Director for the General Anthropology Division. Prior to that she served on the Editorial Advisory Committee of the Society for Historical Archaeology. Her passion for history, archaeology and anthropology as well as her commitment to public and professional service have led her to participate in various activities, from curatorial and library collections management to grant writing and archaeological recovery projects.
Norton has been with History Colorado since fall 2014, working as Section 106 Compliance Manager.
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