Archaeologist Richard H. Brooks was born in Big Pine, California on July 5, 1926. He joined the Navy when he was 15 and after his service he began his college education, culminating in a Ph.D. in archaeology from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He began working at Nevada Southern University (the future University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) in 1966 as an Archaeologist and Research Associate for the Desert Research Institute while still in school. He became Director of the Southern Branch of the Nevada Archaeological Survey and Museum Director of the UNLV Museum of Natural History. In 1973 he began teaching as an Associate Research Professor of Anthropology. Brooks worked together with his wife Sheilagh on many archaeological digs in Nevada including Tule Springs and the Stewart and Kiel Ranch burial sites.
Richard Howard Brooks passed away on June 24, 2011.
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