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Lloyd Pierson Records

Identifier: Coll 0011

Scope and Contents

Scope and Contents:

Records pertaining to Pierson's archaeological site survey and research on the history of archaeological excavation in Chaco Canyon.

Includes site survey file cards, field photos and negatives of most of the sites; correspondence, and a manuscript report on the survey. Also includes a copy of his MA thesis on Chaco Canyon for the University of New Mexico Department of Anthropology.


  • 1942-1986 (bulk dates: 1954-1960)


Biographical / Historical


LLOYD M. PIERSON RECORDS Lloyd M. Pierson began his association with Chaco Canyon in 1942, as a student in the University of New Mexico’s Chaco Field School. During World War II, Lt. Lloyd M. Pierson of the 38th Japanese Order of Battle Team went ashore on the second assault wave, in 1945, landing with Takejiro Higa and advancing inland together through the rural Okinawan countryside. After the war, he returned to Chaco as a field assistant for the 1947 UNM Chaco field School. He earned his M.A. in Anthropology from the University of New Mexico in 1949 with a thesis titled "The prehistoric population of Chaco Canyon, New Mexico: a study in methods and techniques of prehistoric population estimation." He returned to Chaco as a Supervisory Park Ranger from 1954-1956. Between 1948 and 1965, Pierson worked for the NPS as an archaeologist, ranger, and superintendent (De Soto National Memorial, 1963-1965). Pierson worked as a staff archaeologist for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management from 1966 to 1975. After his retirement in 1975, Pierson became an unpaid curator of the Moab Museum in 1979. Since 1978, Pierson has worked as a private archaeological/cultural consultant. In 1955-56, Lloyd Pierson did a site survey in Chaco Canyon National Monument. This collection contains the records of that survey. The resulting report, "A History of Chaco Canyon National Monument," focuses on Chaco culture history and the history archaeological work in Chaco Canyon. Pierson has written articles for the Utah Historical Quarterly: "I Remember Bates" (vol. 63, no. 2, p. 135-50) and as the editor of "Rollin J. Reeves and the Boundary Between Utah and Colorado" (vol. 66, no. 2, p. 100-17). Other publications include "Archeological Studies at Tonto National Monument" by Charles R. Steen, Lloyd M. Pierson, Vorsila L. Bohrer, and Kate Peck Kent, 1962, Southwestern Monuments Association Technical Series Vol. 2, Globe, AZ; "A cultural resource summary of the east central portion of the Moab District" for the Moab District, 1981, Bureau of Land Management. Moab, Utah; and “Weaving at the margins: Navajo men as weavers” in "Diné Bíkéyah: papers in honor of David M. Brugge," edited by Meliha S. Duran and David T. Kirkpatrick, 1998, Archaeological Society of New Mexico, Albuquerque, N.M.


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Organized into 5 Series: Series 001: Survey cards Series 002: Images Series 003: Reports Series 004: Correspondence Series 005: Maps


Provenance: NPS; Lloyd Pierson
Finding Aid for Lloyd Pierson Records
Coll 0011
Chaco Culture National Historical Park, National Park Service
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Repository Details

Part of the NPS Chaco Culture NHP Repository

Hibben Center
Hibben Center Rm 306 - MSC01 1050
450 University Blvd NE
Albuquerque NM 87106 USA