Ann Axtell Morris: Art in Archaeology of the Southwest and Mesoamerica
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Ann Axtell Morris, archaeologist, artist, and author, was the wife of prominent archaeologist, Earl H. Morris, and mother of Colorado State University Professor and archaeologist, Elizabeth A. Morris. Ann accompanied Earl on major, multi-year expeditions sponsored by the Carnegie Institution during the 1920s and 1930s in the U. S. Southwest and Mexico. During those years, she recorded architecture, rock art, murals, landscapes, and expedition work in watercolor paintings and drawings and pioneered methods of documentation that remain in use today. She painted studies of historic Navajo and sought ethnographic information. Her works provide context for important sites including those of Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Chichen Itzá, Yucatan, and Mesa Verde National Park. The watercolors offer information about ancient use of color in a time of black and white photography. In 1933, Ann wrote two books, Digging in Yucatan and Digging in the Southwest, that have inspired generations to know and be interested in the methods and goals of archaeology, pursue it as a career, and value the challenges in remote places.  

Sally J. Cole has a M.A. in anthropology (archaeology emphasis) and is a consulting archaeologist working on the Colorado Plateau. She is author of three books including the 2009 revised edition of Legacy on Stone: Rock Art of the Colorado Plateau and Four Corners Region and numerous professional reports, articles, and papers. Over the past 25 years, she has directed major and multi-year research projects in remote areas of southeastern Utah and southwestern Colorado.

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