M.A. in Anthropology, Colorado State University
B.A. in Anthropology, Colorado State University
Dr. Jeff Eighmy
After spending much of the 1980s and early 1990s working as an archaeologist in the private sector throughout the western US, I accepted the position of Senior Staff Archaeologist at the Colorado Department of Transportation in early 1992, where I remain employed today. Although admittedly being an archaeologist at a government agency was never my ultimate goal, this position has allowed me to complete a host of research projects and compliance tasks I wouldn’t have considered (or even considered possible) otherwise. I’ve been fortunate to remain engaged with the archaeology profession through regional and national organizations such as the Colorado Council of Professional Archaeologists, Plains Anthropological Society and Society for American Archaeology, and colleagues continue to provide opportunities for hands-on research and mentoring experiences beyond what I do at CDOT.
Note to Current Students
My time at CSU, both as an undergrad and graduate student, provided a solid foundation for pursuing archaeology as a vocation and rewarding profession. From field school under former professor Liz Morris on the Roberts Ranch property near Bellvue, to my first paid professional job with the university’s now-defunct Laboratory of Public Archaeology, to several semesters teaching the introductory lab for physical anthropology in grad school, CSU prepared me well for life as a professional. Archaeology continues to be the best decision I’ve made, and the education and real-world experiences I received via the CSU Anthro Department provided the framework for that success.