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Harry J. Shafer

Harry Shafer is a professor emeritus at Texas A&M University. He was the first archaeologist to join the faculty of Texas A&M University’s College of Liberal Arts and has been active in archaeological research since 1962. His main research interests are lithic technology, archaeology field methods, and the archaeology of Texas, the American Southwest (Mimbres and Jornada Mogollon), and the Lowland Maya. His research spans all time periods in Texas prehistory, and he has conducted long-term field investigations at Hinds Cave in Val Verde County, Texas; the NAN Ranch Ruin in New Mexico; and Colha, Belize. He codirected the Texas A&M University excavations of the Clovis period at the Gault site in Bell County, Texas. He is the author of Mimbres Archaeology at the NAN Ranch Ruin and Ancient Texans: Rock Art and Lifeways along the Lower Pecos; the coauthor of Field Methods in Archaeology and Maya Stone Tools; and the author or coauthor of over 300 articles and book chapters. Shafer is curator of archaeology at the Witte Museum. He continues to lecture and write about archaeology and is the co-owner, with Thomas Hester, of Abasolo Archaeological Consultants. He lives in San Antonio, Texas.

Painters in Prehistory

The people who inhabited what is now Texas left a unique series of narratives that provide information about almost 12,000 years of existence. Originally published by the Witte Museum (a preeminent museum on southwestern U.S. history) in 1986, Painters in Prehistory is the result of years of dedication to the story of the ancient Rio Grande canyon dwellers. This updated edition features...

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