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Ken Lord

Ken Lord A Registered Professional Archeologist since 2001, Ken Lord is an alumnus of the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor's degree in Anthropology and a doctorate in Archeology with an emphasis in cultural ecology in the University of Texas, Austin.

35 years as a professional archaeologist hasn't stopped Ken from doing good work as an environmental activist. He has managed environmental resources groups for several privately-held environmental consulting firms in western United States. He has been involved in the planning, surveying, excavating and analyzing of archeological projects in 13 U.S. States as well as in Puerto Rico and Honduras.

His love for historic relevance can be seen with his interests in cultural resource management, southwestern archaeology, and environmental reconstruction for archaeological remains, prehistoric rock art, and consultation with Native American Groups.

Recent Posts

Protected Areas as Mirrors of Sustainable Development

Posted by Ken Lord on Jan 24, 2014 8:33:00 AM


About a year ago I wrote a blog entitled “American Antiquities Act of 1906 and the Legacy of Theodore Roosevelt”. In the entry, I wrote about former US President, Theordore Roosevelt, and his ranch in North Dakota and how it might have sparked his desire to preserve the cultural heritage of America and the Native Americans that were in the surrounding area. It also gave him “a great understanding of the environment with wildlife, plants and water all interacting with the needs of mankind.” That blog spoke of the irony of the legacy of Roosevelt’s ranch house as it is now being threatened by the booming oil and gas industry in North Dakota. The integration of the needs of a pristine environment with the demands of modern society for land, water and energy are coming into conflict in an area where the beginnings of preservation ethic in this country began.

A Personal Journey from Archaeology to Cultural Resources Management

Posted by Ken Lord on Aug 21, 2013 8:59:00 AM


I recently read an article in The SAA Archaeological Record entitled, “I Love Archaeology Because . . .” The 19 page article highlighted the perspective of 21 people, and why they find the study of archaeology fascinating. The interviewees ranged from retired archaeology professors, to professional cultural resource management professionals, to High School students.  Although their reasons varied based on their experiences and expectations, their responses got me thinking of why I love archaeology, and how my view of it has changed over time.

CEQA and Paleontological Assessments

Posted by Ken Lord on Jun 13, 2013 7:46:00 AM


 Paleontological finds (dinosaurs, sabertooth cats, mammoth and mastodon) regularly make the news across the country when discovered.  Many are fascinated by the large “scary” creatures of Jurassic Park fame and other movies where these large creatures “feast” on people.  Paleontology certainly varies from area to area on what is found and there are specialists in every imaginable kind of fossil.

A Global Perspective on Sustainability Initiatives – Part 2

Posted by Ken Lord on Apr 9, 2013 5:00:00 AM


For sustainability to happen in the modern sense of the world, the idea of cultural distinctions to maintain their ideas must shift to a world-wide view.Think globally – act globally may have to be the new norm.In the United States, our collective actions within society have an impact on the entire world system.

A Global Perspective on Sustainability Initiatives-Part One

Posted by Ken Lord on Apr 4, 2013 8:30:00 AM


Cultural Resources Preservation and Modern Society – A Refrain

Posted by Ken Lord on Feb 5, 2013 6:30:00 AM


American Antiquities Act of 1906 and the Legacy of Theodore Roosevelt

Posted by Ken Lord on Nov 30, 2012 8:34:00 AM


Cultural Resources Preservation and Modern Society

Posted by Ken Lord on Aug 28, 2012 7:49:00 AM


What was the beginning of cultural resources preservation in the modern world? I don’t think it was Joni Mitchell’s Big Yellow Taxi in 1970 when she aptly sang “They paved paradise and put up a parking lot, with a pink hotel, a boutique and a swinging hot spot.”  But maybe it is the next lyric where she sings  “Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone; they paved paradise and put up a parking lot”.  The idea of preservation of course didn’t begin there but it certainly brought into perspective that you need to recognize what you have and what you hold dear before it is all gone.