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Erin Baxter, PhD


Erin Baxter has worked in Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, Turkey, Bolivia, Ireland, and Tunisia, but has returned (quite happily) to Denver and the American Southwest where guinea pig and cat are not on the menu. She’s super interested in using old museum collections (museums have the best stuff) to answer questions about the ancient past. In her other life, she is an instructor of archaeology at CU-Boulder and teaches courses on Southwestern archaeology, method and theory, human prehistory and her personal favorite, the archaeology of death. Currently she’s working on projects related to cannibalism, ancient witchcraft, the superlative architecture from Aztec Ruins, the Toriette Lakes Great Kiva, Magic Mountain, and W.S. Ranch.


Ancient Aztec in Never Before Seen Photos

Unpublished 100 year old photographs tell new stories about 1000 year old Pueblo from New Mexico.

Stonehenge: The Good, the Bad, and the Weird

Dr. Erin Baxter, Curator of Anthropology, discusses the good, the bad, and the weird of Stonehenge.

Mysteries of Stonehenge

On this episode of Science Division Live, learn about the mysteries of Stonehenge with Acting Curator of Anthropology, Dr. Erin Baxter, and special guest archaeologist, writer, editor and photographer, Mike Pitts. After centuries of speculation, we are finally forming an understanding of Stonehenge thanks to archaeological excavations and advances in scientific techniques.

The Curious Case of Colorado Cannibal Alferd Packer

A Practical Guide to Colorado Cemeteries

Explore the art, history, and archaeology of Colorado cemeteries. Local stories, headstone ID, epitaph translation, what to do if you find a tombstone in your backyard, why isn't everybody facing the same way, secret societies, and other practical knowledge for your next (recreational) cemetery visit.

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