Hello everyone. It just occurred to me that I have been lurking and even participating without introducing my self. How rude!
I am an airport planner working for the State Department of Transportation in Alaska. Most of my work involves rural airports throughout the southern 1/2 of the state, including the Aleutian Islands. Many of the villages I work in are inhabited mainly by Alaska Natives: Aleuts, Yupik Eskimos, Athabascan Indians and others depending on the location. Among other things, I oversee the preparation of environmental documents prepared by consultants in accordance with federal law. One of the components of these documents is an archeological survey. Sometimes these surveys bear fruit (to the annoyance of the project engineers who follow me) and sometimes they don't.
My educational background is in biology and public administration. Archeology, paleontology and astronomy have been lifelong interests. I'm retiring in a couple of years and look forward to spending time broadening and deepening my limited knowledge in these areas.
Thank you for providing this stimulating forum. I look forward to the opportunity to learn from all of you and hope to be able to contribute something of value to the mix.