Director, Western New Mexico University Museum, Silver City, NM
A professional archaeologist for over 40 years and director of Western New Mexico University Museum for over 29 years, Dr. Cynthia Ann Bettison has conducted research in the American Southwest, Southern California, Peru, and Nevada. She has published articles in a number of professional journals and presented hundreds of professional papers, lectures, courses, trainings, and tours to a wide range of audiences on a wide variety of subjects. Her theoretical research interests for the past 25 years have focused on the development and formation of prehistoric identity and interaction in west-central and southwest New Mexico and east-central Arizona; and on the prehistoric Mimbres Mogollon culture. Bettison has a BA in Anthropology/Biology, an MA in Anthropology, and a Ph.D. in Anthropology in the Archaeology of Arid Environments, and is a Registered Professional Archaeologist. She is the Mayor Pro Tem/District 1 Councilor, Town of Silver City, and is a Certified Municipal Official.