Ph.D., University of Arizona, 1995; Professor
Dr. Walker is an archaeologist who studies southwestern archaeology and ritual in prehistory.
My general research interests focus on the development of archaeological method and theory for the study of prehistoric ritual and religion. I am developing a behavioral understanding of religion in order to explore various ritual activities such as pilgrimage, ritual persecution and the ritualized abandonment and discard of artifacts and architecture. Currently, my data for these topics derives from archaeological evidence recovered from southern New Mexico and Chihuahua. I am exploring the ritual organization of the desert Mogollon including Casas Grandes Culture of Northern Chihuahua and Jornada and Mimbres branches of Southern New Mexico. This research is accomplished largely by NMSU Archaeological Field School students and involves the survey and excavation of late prehistoric (AD 1300-1450) sites in southern New Mexico. Currently we are excavating Cottonwood Spring Pueblo, located on the western flanks of the San Andres Mountains.