Department Name

Banks L. Leonard

Banks L. Leonard

Curriculum Vitae

Mr. Leonard received a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Arizona and an M.A. from UCLA.  He has worked on or directed archaeological field projects in the southwestern and southeastern United States, in California, and in both highland and coastal Peru. He also has experience in linguistic and ethnographic research, and university teaching. Mr. Leonard authored or coauthored numerous technical reports, conference papers, journal articles, articles in edited volumes, and articles for popular science publications and has also appeared in television documentaries about work he has undertaken. For over half his career he has worked in the Southwest, including large-scale excavations at sites belonging to Archaic, Hohokam, Prescott, Mogollon, and Ancestral Puebloan cultures in Arizona, Archaic, Formative, and historic Navajo sites in New Mexico, a landmark study of prehistoric cannibalism in southwestern Colorado, and prehistoric and historic sites in the Junta de los Rios region of Trans-Pecos Texas.  In addition to conducting field projects, Mr. Leonard serves as OCA’s principal lithic analyst.