Jeffery Wharton

Retired archaeologist

Jeff is a retired archaeologist having worked throughout the Four Corners and briefly other parts of the American West for over 48 years. This work included all aspects of archaeological survey, excavation, and preservation. Two notable employment opportunities involved 17 years working for the Navajo Nation Archaeology Department (NNAD) as a Supervisory/Principal Archaeologist, and the National Park Service (NPS) as an Archaeologist and Exhibit Specialist. He recently retired from the NPS after serving 16 years at Aztec Ruins National Monument with some work done in conjunction with Chaco Culture National Historical Park. Prior to that, he worked as an independent archaeologist for about 15 years at various jobs including the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) as a forest archaeologist working in San Juan National Forest and the Division of Conservation Archaeology at the Salmon Ruins, to name a few. Survey work involved identifying and recording sites ranging from Paleoindian to Protohistoric Navajo periods as well as more recent historic sites. Excavation work encompassed sites ranging from the middle Archaic through Protohistoric Navajo periods and historic sites. Aside from his archaeological degree, he has an Associate of Science degree in electronics and has held a FCC Technician Class license, both of which were obtained in 1984. He still enjoys being involved in NPS projects (archaeological or otherwise).