As Crow Canyon laboratory manager, Dr. Kari Schleher's work is at the heart of much of the center's groundbreaking archaeological research. But she's also a tireless advocate for archaeological education and public outreach here in southwest Colorado and the Four Corners region—and in September that hard work was recognized by her peers.
Kari received the 2018 Colorado Archaeological Society (CAS) Chapter Achievement Award at the Colorado Archaeological Society annual meeting on September 22 in Cortez.
"Over the last five years, Kari transformed our speaker program into the premier venue for public archaeology lectures in southwestern Colorado," said David Melanson, president of the Hisatsinom Chapter of the Colorado Archaeological Society and a member of Crow Canyon’s Board of Trustees. "Each year Kari brings to our meetings a series of engaging presentations by leading archaeological researchers and scholars from across the Southwest and beyond."
In addition to her role here at Crow Canyon, Kari serves as the vice president of the Hisatsinom Chapter of the CAS, and helps to train CAS archaeological survey teams in artifact classification. She also provides mentorship and opportunities for CAS volunteers to process and analyze artifacts here in the Crow Canyon laboratory.
“Kari is an accomplished and respected member of the professional archaeological community, and we are thrilled to see her recognized in this way,” says Dr. Liz Perry, Crow Canyon president and CEO. “Crow Canyon is grateful to her for her public engagement and outreach, which is so critical to our mission in the world.”
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