July 22, 2015//
Meet Paul "Shawn" Marceaux. The Texas native has spent 15 years as a professional archaeologist and has participated on digs across the United States and in Peru, Bolivia, Ukraine, Italy, and Portugal.
I come from a family of educators and this was a great opportunity to return to my Texas roots and be involved in education. UTSA is a growing institution and I am excited about the role the Center for Archaeological Research can play in the university's march toward Tier One status.”
– Shawn MarceauxDirector, UTSA Center for Archaeological Research
He is particularly knowledgeable about ceramic artifacts of the Caddo Indians in East Texas, who inhabited some of the state's first Spanish Colonial missions. With his background in Spanish Colonial archaeology, Marceaux was excited when the San Antonio Missions recently received designation as a World Heritage Site.
"The city has done a lot of downtown improvement work with the Mission Reach project and this designation will only add to their efforts to bring more attention and visitors to San Antonio," said Marceaux.
Marceaux received his doctoral degree in anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin, his master's degree in anthropology from the University of Memphis and his bachelor of arts degree in anthropology from Texas State University.
The veteran archaeologist was recently hired to serve as the director for the UTSA Center for Archaeological Research. The well-established research facility that provides archaeological services and scholarly use for research, educational programs, and public exhibitions. He hopes to focus on student training, and looks forward to expanding the center's educational outreach to the community.
Prior to UTSA, Marceaux served as the principal cultural resources officer at Edwards Air Force Base in Calif., where he managed more than 6,000 archaeological sites and historic buildings on the 300,000-acre installation.
He spent two years working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency in southern Mississippi leading an archaeological survey of historic resources following the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
His background also includes teaching in the classroom and in the field.
"I come from a family of educators and this was a great opportunity to return to my Texas roots and be involved in education," said Marceaux. "UTSA is a growing institution and I am excited about the role the Center for Archaeological Research can play in the university's march toward Tier One status."
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