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Crabtree, Robert H.


Robert Herre Crabtree was born on September 27, 1929 in Chehalis, Washington. He was educated in western Washington and receieved his master's degree from the University of Washington in 1957. In 1960, he became a teaching and research assistant at the University of California, Los Angeles and worked as a research archaeologist in around around California and Mexico.

In 1969, Crabtree moved to Las Vegas, Nevada and helped the newly created Nevada Archaeological Survey and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) Department of Anthropology mature. His major contrubitions were his fieldwork and the field schools he taught, primarily UNLV's Lost City Field School from 1970 to 1973. He also taught anthropology classes at UNLV and amatuer workshops for the Archeo-Nevada Society during this time.

In 1973, Crabtree moved back to southern California as director of archaeology for Archaeological Research, Inc. He held that position for three years before returning to UNLV in 1976 to teach. In 1979, Crabtree was hired at the United State's Bureau of Land Management and was assigned to the Battle Mountain District. Shortly after, the Bureau of Land Management transferred Robert to Tonopah, Nevada where he lived and worked until his death on January 17, 1986.


Warren, Claude N. “Robert Herre Crabtree Remembered.” Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology, April 12, 2009.