Bill Lipe is professor emeritus of anthropology at Washington State University. He has spent much of his more than 50 year career in Utah archaeology beginning with the archaeological salvage of Glen Canyon before the dam construction and on into Cedar Mesa where he became a leading scholar in the early Basketmaker agricultural societies of southeastern Utah. Dr. Lipe began his work at a time when there was little federal legislation protecting archaeology or guiding preservation efforts. He became a leader in the development of what we now know of as Cultural Resource Management archaeology. Because of his involvement in CRM and his work in Cedar Mesa, he remains one of archaeology's main voices in the Bears Ears controversy.
Dr. Lipe spoke at the Utah State University Museum of Anthropology in November as a part of the Anthropology Lecture Series at USU. We’ll talk about Bears Ears, Cedar Mesa, CRM and Glen Canyon today.