Lifetime achievements

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Lifetime achievements

It’s lonely work in Southwest heat, but archaeologist Florence Lister, 91, loved every minute
Florence and Robert Lister, one of the most important couples in Southwestern archaeology, taught hundreds of students, wrote a variety of important books and monographs, and helped make archaeology understandable to the wider public.
A family tours Defiance House at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. This is one of the few archaeological sites not under the waters of Lake Powell. Florence Lister classified sherds for the Glen Canyon Project between 1958 and 1963. Despite all her years of field work, she says, “That was the only time I got paid.”
Florence Lister gestures toward Sun Temple during a Mesa Verde National Park tour for the Smithsonian Associates. Across the Southwest, she also led tours for the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center and the Four Corners Outdoors School.
Florence Lister met her husband, Robert, at Chaco Canyon in the summer of 1940. She is an expert on the history of excavations at Chaco, specifically at Pueblo Bonito, and is the author of Chaco’s Vanished Past.

Lifetime achievements

Florence and Robert Lister, one of the most important couples in Southwestern archaeology, taught hundreds of students, wrote a variety of important books and monographs, and helped make archaeology understandable to the wider public.
A family tours Defiance House at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. This is one of the few archaeological sites not under the waters of Lake Powell. Florence Lister classified sherds for the Glen Canyon Project between 1958 and 1963. Despite all her years of field work, she says, “That was the only time I got paid.”
Florence Lister gestures toward Sun Temple during a Mesa Verde National Park tour for the Smithsonian Associates. Across the Southwest, she also led tours for the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center and the Four Corners Outdoors School.
Florence Lister met her husband, Robert, at Chaco Canyon in the summer of 1940. She is an expert on the history of excavations at Chaco, specifically at Pueblo Bonito, and is the author of Chaco’s Vanished Past.
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