North American Archaeological Projects

St. Catherines Island, GA

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St. Catherines Island, GA

Dr. Thomas has conducted research on the island over the past three decades and has developed a comprehensive archaeological, historical, and geographical history of St. Catherines.

San Marcos, NM

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San Marcos, NM

Dr. Thomas began excavating on the Spanish Mission in 1999 and applied a series of cutting-edge remote sensing technology (ground penetrating radar, proton magnetometry and electrical resistivity) to better understand the site layout.

Alta Toquima, NV

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Alta Toquima, NV

The rugged landscape of central Nevada was once home to some America's earliest inhabitants. In 1980 Dr. Thomas proved that from around 2500 BC to 0 AD, the mountains were used intermittently by small groups of hunters who seasonally exploited mountain sheep.

Hidden Cave, NV

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Hidden Cave, NV

During the 1978 and 1979 field seasons, David Hurst Thomas and a stalwart crew excavated the Nevada cave occupied in the late Archaic period -- from about 2000 BC to AD 0. The team discovered that the relatively inhospitable cave was used for temporary storing food, tools and other materials.

Gatecliff, NV

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Gatecliff, NV

In 1970, David Thomas discovered the Gatecliff shelter in the Monitor Valley of Nevada -- which proved to be a popular living place for Archaic people and animals alike.