John W. (Jack) is the Curator of Archaeology with the Royal Alberta Museum.
" I have been active in Archaeology, heritage management and Native history for more than 40 years. I have conducted archaeological research in western Canada, the United States, the Canadian Arctic and China, and have published extensively on my work. My special areas of interest are the archaeology of the Northern Plains, especially bison hunting and Aboriginal rock art. I was a member of the team that planned and developed Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, a UNESCO World Heritage site. I have also worked extensively at the rock art site of Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park, assisting with the development of a new Visitor Centre as well as conducting long-term research on methods of conserving rock art. I have worked extensively with Aboriginal groups, especially the Blackfoot Nation. As the Curator of Archaeology, I am responsible for the management of the archaeological collections for the Province, for conducting relevant research, for initiating displays about Alberta archaeology, and for communicating with the public. Previously, as Head of the Archaeological Survey I managed an archaeological office that coordinated cultural resource for the province. I have a strong background in communicating to the general public on heritage matters, have delivered countless public talks, and have worked extensively with all media, including helping to develop, research, write and produce audio and video programs dealing with archaeology. "