Monday, July 26, 2010

Alumnus Profile: Chris P. ('05) at Fort Benning, GA

After graduating from UE with a BA in Archaeology and History, Chris Parr went on to the University of Arizona to study Classics, and received his MA in 2008. As a student, Chris excavated numerous Native American sites throughout southern Illinois, including Cahokia Mounds, as well as a Roman fort in Menorca, Spain. Now, through a contract with Panamerican Consultants, Chris serves as a Cultural Resource Site Monitor for the US Army at Fort Benning, GA. As a CR Monitor, he is responsible for protecting the installation’s 850 archaeological sites and historic cemeteries from military training and construction projects. In addition, Chris manages Fort Benning’s curation facility (an artifacts and records repository) and participates in consultations with both federally recognized Native American tribes and state historic preservation offices. When not at work, Chris Parr pursues his own research of the Creek War of 1836 in Columbus, GA and the Gilded Age in St. Louis, MO.

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