Department Name

Alexander Kurota

Alexander Kurota

BA Teaching
MA Anthropology


Curriculum Vitae

Since 1996 Alex Kurota has been developing experience in a broad variety of archeological projects including surveys, excavations, testing, construction monitoring and site evaluations in Arizona, New Mexico, Kansas, and Texas panhandle. Such projects include excavations at Coronado’s Jimmy Owens site in Texas, as well as digs in Arizona’s Tonto, Tucson and Phoenix Basins, the Long House Valley, and on the Tohono O’odham Reservation. In New Mexico, Alex has excavated on La Bajada Mesa, in Alamogordo, at Fort Wingate, near Roswell, in the Las Cruces, and the Fence Lake regions, on White Sands Missile Range, as well as in the Boot Heel and along the New Mexico-Mexico International Border.  He has conducted surveys in most regions of New Mexico as well as throughout most of Arizona. With his extensive fieldwork and research experience, Kurota is permitted as a Project Director and Field Supervisor in NW, SE, and SW New Mexico BLM regions. Since 2003, Alex has developed research interest in tracing the origins of Ancestral Pueblo ceramics.

Alex Kurota has expertise in ceramic analysis of Hohokam, Upland and Lowland Patayan, Ancestral Pueblo, Mogollon, and Jornada-Mogollon cultures as well as the analysis of the historic pueblo, Apache and Navajo ceramics.  In addition to his ceramic expertise, Alex is skilled in artifact illustration, mapping with total station, transit, and GPS instruments, Kurota regularly delivers public talks at professional conferences and popular audiences, and has four years experience as a high school teacher.