Field Station Director, Dr. Shannon Boomgarden
Dr. Shannon Arnold Boomgarden began working in archaeology nearly two decades ago and has been involved in Range Creek Canyon since the early 2000s. Shannon’s dissertation summarizes much of the archaeological and experimental research conducted by the field school over the past 16 years. Working with reconstructions of the canyon’s environment around 950 years ago, and using experimentally derived data on the costs and benefits of irrigation in Range Creek, Shannon has developed a formal model that predicts when and where irrigation is expected and where it isn’t based on data from experimental fields in Range Creek. This general model is applicable to studying early farmers throughout the American Southwest, and is the foundation for studying prehistoric farmers throughout the semi-arid regions of the world. Shannon is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology, the Director of the Archaeological Field School, and has actively been engage as the Principal Investigator and Assistant Director of the Field Station for the past several years.
Field Station Manager & Resident Archaeologist, Corrine Springer
Emeritus Professor, Dr. Duncan Metcalfe
Dr. Duncan Metcalfe, U of U Associate Professor of Anthropology and Chief Curator at the Natural History Museum of Utah. Duncan has worked tirelessly to foster an multi-diciplinary and inclusive approach to the research effort in Range Creek. Already research teams from a number of universities, colleges, consulting firms, and community groups have joined the collaboration. Duncan's research interests include archaeological method and theory, evolutionary ecology, and prehistoric cultures of the Great Basin and Colorado Plateau. In his spare time Duncan enjoys working - gardening, remodeling, and fixing cars.