UTSA anthropology professor becomes National Geographic Explorer
(May 16, 2017) -- UTSA anthropology professor Robert Hard has been named a National Geographic Explorer and will receive a $20,000 grant from the National Geographic Society to excavate an ancient archaeological site in southeastern Arizona near Safford.
Hard with his colleagues, John Roney and Art MacWilliams, located the archaeological site in 2015. It is located above the desert floor on a hill that includes a large number of ancient structures and rock rings. Based on the ceramics they found, the team believes the site could be about 1,700 years old. Hard hopes the excavation will help him determine whether the location is the site of an early village.
"Usually, most sites of this time period consist of a few houses, however this site appears to once have had about 100 houses with a perimeter wall," said Hard. "The site appears to have a plaza, so we want to verify that is indeed what it is."
Hard and other researchers will travel to Arizona for the excavation in the fall. While there, they will obtain samples to determine the diet of those who once inhabited the land. They will also use a drone to take aerial images of the site, which they hope will allow them to put together a detailed map of the site.
"So much archaeological work has been done in Arizona, and it's amazing that no one has climbed this hill before," said Hard. "The remarkable thing about archaeology is there are still discoveries to be made."
In summer 2018, Hard will take UTSA undergraduate and graduate students to the site to conduct field work.
Hard has been a member of the UTSA faculty for 26 years. He studies ancient societies in Northern Mexico, the American Southwest and Texas that contain diverse archaeological records of past hunter-gatherer and early farming economies. He also supervises undergraduate and graduate students who are studying long-term changes in ancient societies and helps them design and conduct their own research.
For more than 125 years, the National Geographic Society has awarded more than 11,000 grants for research, conservation and exploration.
Learn more about Robert Hard.
Learn more about the UTSA Department of Anthropology.
Learn more about the UTSA College of Liberal and Fine Arts.
The institute will feature a performance from Eva Ybarra, the “Queen of the Accordion.” Manuel Medrano will premiere a documentary on Ybarra’s career. Two people receive free admission with a voucher available here.Institute of Texan Cultures, Hemisfair Campus
Take the short drive up I-35 to root on your Roadrunners in this I-35 Showdown.Bobcat Stadium, 1100 Aquarena Springs Dr., San Marcos
Get involved and register to vote. Click on the link to find out the locations on the Main and Downtown Campuses.Multiple locations on the Main and Downtown Campuses
Learn about products and services available for studying, working, and making it to graduation! Speak directly to OIT managers, provide feedback on UTSA tech, and have your voice heard! Lunch and OIT gear provided. RSVP at: www.utsa.edu/oit/sic.University Center, Denman Ballroom (2.01.28), Main Campus
Come meet the candidates looking to take home the crown as Mr. and Ms. UTSA 2017-2018. This is your opportunity to hear the candidates platform and learn how they plan to represent and transform UTSA.University Center, Retama Auditorium (UC 2.02.02), Main Campus
UTSA's Friends of Shakespeare hosts this annual performance seried by Actors from the London Stage, Sept. 27, 29 and 30 at 7:30 p.m.Arts Building, Recital Hall (ARTS 2.03.02), Main Campus
The Monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery will prepare a mandala sand painting on the main exhibit floor and offer various lectures and activities.UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures, Hemisfair Campus
Meet researchers and practitioners from academia, industry and government who are working to address smart cities related issues. Register here: https://utsaresearch.wufoo.com/forms/smart-cities-networking-luncheon/Durango Building, La Villita Room (DB 1.116), Downtown Campus