Professor Of AnthropologyCalifornia Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Dr. Terry Jones joined the campus 22 years ago, and has 35 years of field research experience. Since 2004, his students “learn by doing” in archaeological field classes. Their work at important cultural sites provides students authentic exposure to archaeology and the realities of fieldwork. And this work has been recognized for preserving the historic California coastline, salvaging scientific information that otherwise be lost to erosion. A close collaboration with PG&E, and the yak tityu yak tiłhini Northern Chumash Tribe of San Luis Obispo County, has resulted in the discovery of a historically significant Chumash village. This alliance was recognized with the Governor’s Historic Preservation Award in 2018. Dr. Jones also received the David A. Fredrickson Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for California Archeology in 2018, the society’s most prestigious award.