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Advanced Degrees-Brigham Young University: 1980-MS Anthropology/Archaeology; 1976-MA Ancient Studies. Research Specializations: Mesoamerican Civilization-Izapan Culture, Epigraphy, Archaeoastronomy, Geometry & Measure; Great Basin Prehistory-Rock Art and Astronomy; Middle East & Mesoamerica. Arrangement and supervision of major archaeological research projects.


  • Peru – Archaeo-astronomy Research 2014
  • Mesoamerica – Archaeology & Astronomy Research 2004-2015
  • Jerusalem, Israel – Archaeo-astronomy Research Fieldtrip – April 2008
  • Saudia Arabia, Oman, Egypt, Israel – Geometry/Measure reconnaissance Fieldtrip – September 2006
  • Parowan Gap, Utah – Archaeo-astronomy, petroglyph Research and Study – 1993-2003
  • Fieldwork U.S. Southwest 1980-present
  • Fieldwork at Izapa, Mexico; Archaeo-astronomy Research at Izapa, Chiapa de Corzo and Teotihuacan, Mexico–1976-1980.
  • Museum and Archaeological sites study throughout Mexico and Yucatan – 1973, 1976, 1980’s, 1999, 2006.
  • Exploration of archaeological site of Giengola, Tehuantepec, Oaxaca, Mexico-1972.
  • Photographic project of Tres Zapotes, LaVenta, Izapa, Mexico and Kaminaljuyu, Guatemala. Also, ethnographic travel and study through Guatemala Highlands-1966.
  • Archaeological excavation at Chiapa de Corzo, Chiapas, Mexico-1965.
  • Archaeological reconnaissance in Tamaulipas, Puebla, and Coatzacoalcos River, Mexico-1963.
  • Archaeological study at sites of San Lorenzo, Tenotchitlan, Izapa, Monte Alban & Mitla, Mexico-1963.


Over 40 years of professional archaeological research experience and cultural resource contract work in the Intermountain West and in Mesoamerica. Authored over 250 professional papers and contract reports. Director of Archaeoogical Research Consultants since 1982. Author of numerous archaeological research papers and reports. Leading Mesoamerican scholar in iconographic research of Izapan culture. Research associate with BYU New World Archaeological Foundation, 1965-1976 with publication of the 2 volume monograph on Izapa Sculpture (Paper #30, 1973, 1976). Indian Area LDS EDucation Coordinator in Nevada and Arizona 1965 to 1976. Traveled the world pursuing studies in North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.


Traveled widely and participated in numerous professional archaeological symosiums in

the USA, Canada, Mexico, Europe. Member American Anthropological Association (AAA),

Society for American Archaeology (SAA), and Utah Professional Archaeological Council. Participant in Anthropological Symposiums with Cambridge University in England, Sorbonne University in Paris, Harvard University, Dumbarton Oaks, University of Texas, Santa Fe Archaeoastronomy Conference, Palenque Roundtable, Maya Meetings, National University of Mexico, University of Maryland, International Congress of Americanists, Utah Professional Archaeological Council (UPAC), American Rock Art Research Association (ARARA), Great Basin Conference, Society for Early Historic Archaeology, Ancient America Foundation, Brigham Young University.


Extensive field experience in identification, evaluation, and reporting of prehistoric and historic cultural resource sites, with expertise in basic lithic and ceramic identification and in rock art analysis of Archaic, Fremont, Anasazi, and Shoshonean sites (1977 to present).


Director, Principal Investigator, and Archaeological Consultant for cultural resource evaluations for private and government contracts in the Intermountain West (1982 to present). Discovered the first sun-oriented and shadow-calendar petroglyphs in Utah at three sites in the Book Cliffs and Uintah Basin, and reported at the Great Basin Conference in 1980 (“Identifying Solstice and Equinox Petroglyphs in North-eastern Utah and Their Cultural Relations”). Norman introduced his rock art solar calendar research method the same year to the Utah Rock Art Research Association with positive results. He researched and documented numerous other calendar petroglyph and observatory promontory sites across the Colorado Plateau over the next decade before starting the Parowan Gap project (1993-2003) culminating in the publication The Parowan Gap-Nature’s Perfect Observatory (CFI-available

Major government cultural resource contracts completed with ARCON include: An Evaluation of Ten BLM Land Tracts for Section 203 Sale in Northern Utah (Contract No. UT-910-CT3-434: 1984), and a State Lands Survey for a chaining project at the Indian Peak State Game Preserve (No. U-89-AK-485a; 1989).

Major private cultural resource contracts completed include a Tar Sands Survey in the Sunnyside area for Edison Power; a survey for I-80 Construction in Box Elder County, Utah; Coal Lease subsidence surveys in Central Utah; various surveys for I-70 Construction in Central Utah; Canal Rehabilitation and road construction surveys in Duchesne and Uintah Counties; a Will Tell Fiber Optic Cabel Survey in Juab and

Millard Counties sub-contract with Nickens and Associates.

Sub-contracts completed with AERC include the 1990-91 Capitol Reef Park Service field survey, Seismic Surveys in San Juan and Grand Counties, and in northwestern Colorado; a Seep Ridge Road Construction Survey in Uintah and Grand Counties; a Coal Lease survey in East Mountain for

Utah Power and Light; and extensive drill location, access road surveys and mitigation excavations for Conoco Oil Company in Rio Blanco County, Colorado.


Manager Cultural Resources. Manager, Principal Investigator, and Archaeological Consultant for cultural resource evaluations for private and government contracts in Intermountain West and North Dakota (1980-82). Planning, Monitoring, and control of contract research projects. Supervision of up to 20-person staff in field survey, library research, laboratory analysis, and report preparation work.

Specialized in major government contracts for the Bureau of Reclamation and Bureau of Land Management.

Cultural Resource contracts completed include: Class I Survey of the Central Utah Area; Flaming Gorge Peaking Power Project; Duchesne River Area Canal Rehabilitation Program; Portions of the UPALCO Unit; Steinaker Reservoir Land Sales; Starvation Reservoir Land Sales; Deer Creek REservoir Land Sales; and Diamond Fork Reservoir.


Archaeologist and Field Director for AERC (1977-1980). Participant in numerous cultural resource evaluations and industrial development projects under government and private contracts throughout Utah, Nevada, Wyoming, Colorado, and Idaho. Major Cultural Resource Surveys include: Survey Director for the BLM Natural Buttes Project in northeastern Utah (94 40-acre sample units); Survey Director and co-author for the BLM Mapco River Bend Study (109 40-acre sample units). Participating archaeologist in test excavations conducted by AERC near Jensen (1978), Mt. Carmel Junction (1980), and in the Sawtooth Mountain Locality of Idaho (1980).


Research Associate/Archaeologist (1965-1977). Conducted Izapa (Mexico) monuments study involving field work and extensive library research. The effort culminated in publication of a two volume 450-page monograph, Izapa Sculpture & Album (1973, 1976), recognized as a major pioneering study of iconography, cultural history, religion, and myth of Izapan (pre-Mayan) civilization. Publication Coordinator and Museum Displays Production (1975-1976). Coordinated publication of Monograph for NWAF. Designed and produced museum educational displays.

Brigham Young University, Department of Archaeology–Archaeologist. Member of a five-person team conducting a reconnaissance in Mexico to locate sites for subsequent intensive evaluation, 1964. Participating archaeologist in excavation of Hinkley Fremont site¬†populations, 1965-1976.

Additional work & hobbies:

Private Pilot, 1969-1973.

Finish Carpenter, 1955-present (periodic).

Sergeant, U.S. Army, 1953-1954- Korean War

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