M.A. in Anthropology, Colorado State University
Dr. Jason LaBelle
Chris is an archaeologist whose work focuses on the Great Plains and Rocky Mountain regions, centered primarily in northern Colorado. Raised in the mountain town of Steamboat Springs, Chris has always been drawn to trying to better understand how and why people would have lived in these environments without the comforts of modern technologies. Prior to coming to CSU he worked as an archaeologist for the US Forest Service, in Cultural Resource Management and on grant-funded research projects throughout the state. He has worked across the Plains and mountain region, participating in projects in Colorado, Texas, Wyoming and Nebraska, as well as working with collections from various sites in North Dakota. While specializing in lithic technology, Chris has used his thesis research on the Roberts buffalo jump, located north of Fort Collins, to broaden his knowledge of faunal analysis as well as incorporating GIS to spatially analyze site data. Chris’ other research interests include human-environment interactions, foraging systems, alpine archaeology, working with undergraduate students and with members of the public to promote archaeological research and stewardship. Chris is currently employed as the Assistant State Archaeologist of Colorado.
Note to Current Students
Without question my time at CSU helped get me where I am today. There are many people in the department to thank for that but first and foremost is Dr. Jason LaBelle whose mentorship, guidance, and friendship was a driving force that challenged me to become a better archaeologist and anthropologist. Jason helped to open many doors, including working with the public, giving public and professional presentations, and helping to mentor and train undergraduate students volunteering in the CMPA lab as well as on my thesis research. I will always treasurer my time in the department and the many friends I made along the way. My advice to current students, both graduate and undergraduate, is to take ownership of your education. Get involved, seek out ways to volunteer for different projects or in different labs, explore your career, and take advantage of the many opportunities available to you at CSU. Your time to be free, to explore new ideas, to sit down and read a journal article, or sit in the lab and debate a variety of topics with your peers is precious and fleeting; take advantage of this time and become an active participant in your education.
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