Ranger Austin Tumas joins me from Hovenweep National Monument to talk about the Ancestral Pueblo people who once lived there and the remarkable archaeoastronomy they left behind.
Austin started working for the National Park Service 7 years ago as a college student. Since then, she’s worked in 8 different parks across the country. Astronomy was part of the activities at 6 of those parks. Although her degree is in anthropology, she learned a great deal about astronomy during her first season at Hovenweep, proving that anyone can learn the night sky.
Austin has worked at Hovenweep as a seasonal interpretation ranger, as a Student Conservation intern, with the Volunteer-in-Parks program, and now as a permanent ranger as a Lead Interpreter.
LINKS IN THIS EPISODE
Hovenweep National Monument: https://www.nps.gov/hove/index.htm
Hovenweep on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HovenweepNPS
Night Sky Tourist #5- Cultural Astronomy with Luke Edens: https://nightskytourist.com/5-2/
Night Sky Tourist #9- Mayan Arcahaeoastronomy with Dr. Anthony Aveni: https://nightskytourist.com/9-2/
Night Sky Tourist #16- Stonehenge at Summer Solstice with Josh Dury: https://nightskytourist.com/16-2/
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