David Hurst Thomas

As an Eagle Scout, David Hurst Thomas was always on the lookout for ancient Indian camps. He never found one as a kid, but he got his chance when he grew up. Dave became an archaeologist, a scientist who studies past cultures from the materials they left behind. He has made some amazing discoveries, such as the Gatecliff Shelter in Nevada, the deepest rock shelter known in the Americas. He also found the buried Spanish mission of Santa Catalina de Guale on Georgia’s coast, lost for more than 300 years.

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