Lecture Program

AIA Lecturer: Payson Sheets

Affiliation: University of Colorado

Professor Payson Sheets is Professor with the Department of Anthropology, University of Colorado, and is primary archaeologist for the University’s excavations at the site of Ceren in El Salvador.  He has worked at many other sites in the Americas, including British Columbia, California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama.  His area of specialization is Mesoamerican archaeology, hazards research, lithic technology, ancient adaptations, remote sensing, and geophysical applications.  He holds his degrees from the University of Colorado and the University of Pennsylvania (Ph.D.), and his main publications include The Ceren Site: An Ancient Village in Central America Buried by Volcanic Ash (revised and expanded, 2006).  In 2006 Professor Sheets was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and named a “College Professor of Distinction” by the University of Colorado in 2008.

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