New Mexico Office of Archaeological Studies

Charles A. Hannaford

Chuck HannafordCharles A. Hannaford
OAS Research Associate, former project director and head of the OAS' Education Outreach program
(505) 476-4415

B.A., University of New Mexico, 1974

I have been an archaeologist at OAS for 38 years. I have had the privilege to work on numerous projects in almost every corner of New Mexico. I am particularly interested in the Pueblo and Navajo cultures. I have watched the number of recorded sites in New Mexico grow from 30,000 to over 150,000 during the course of my career. I am continually intrigued by the growing knowledge gleaned from New Mexico's cultural heritage, ranging from the original Clovis site to Trinity site, where the first atomic bomb was detonated.

I am concerned about the continued survival of this fragile heritage and preserving the still-undiscovered sites and the unwritten stories they contain. That's why I am involved with education outreach. One of the highlights of my career has been coordinating the OAS Education Outreach Program, known as Roads to the Past. In 2005 our office won the Society for American Archaeology's Award for Excellence in Public Education. Since the inception of the outreach program in 1991, our archaeologists have talked to over 60,000 New Mexicans in every county of the state. I enjoy very much sharing knowledge of New Mexico's fascinating archaeological record with the public.