Susan Ryan, Ph.D.

Susan Ryan, Ph.D.

Chief Mission Officer
Crow Canyon Archaeological Center

Susan Ryan, an Earthwatch archaeologist at Crow Canyon in Colorado, has conducted prehistoric and historic excavations throughout the American Midwest and Southwest.

Why study the Basketmakers of Colorado?

I first experienced the Southwest when family members moved to New Mexico, and I was lucky enough to visit Pueblo communities, including Acoma Pueblo and Zuni Pueblo. I visited archaeological sites and fell in love with the landscape and the various cultural groups. After I completed graduate school in New Mexico, I was fortunate to move to Colorado where I have been working for Crow Canyon Archaeological Center for over two decades.

A great moment in the field:

It’s different every single day. You never know what’s going to come up when you’re excavating an archaeological site, and for me the thing that keeps me on the edge of my seat each night is wondering what tomorrow is going to bring. So for me it’s that perpetual excitement of uncovering the past and getting more and more clues as to what was going on in a particular place at a particular time.

Education
  • Ph.D. in Anthropology, University of Arizona (U.S.)
  • M.A. in Anthropology, New Mexico State University (U.S.)
  • B.S. in Anthropology, Illinois State University (U.S.)
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