Message #80:

From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG

To:   "'Matthias Giessler'" 

Subject: Lynne Sebastian Appointed NM SHPO

Date: Fri, 14 Feb 1997 12:21:39 -0700 (MST)

From: Daniel E. Reiley

STATE OF NEW MEXICO Office of Cultural Affairs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                   Contact: Doug Svetnicka

February 10, 1997                       (505) 827-6364

Lynne Sebastian, New Mexico's State Archaeologist and a nine-year veteran of

the State Historic Preservation Office, has been named director of that

agency by John A. Garcia, Interim Director of the New Mexico Office of

Cultural Affairs.  Sebastian replaces Phillip Shelley as Historic

Preservation Officer.  Shelley resigned the post in December to resume his

teaching position in the Department of Behavioral Sciences at Eastern New


University in Portales.  Sebastian, who has served as Deputy State Historic

Preservation Officer since 1987, will direct an OCA division charged with

identifying, preserving and encouraging the restoration and reuse of New

Mexico's archaeological and historical resources.  The Historic Preservation

Division employs 25 people with an annual budget of approximately $1 million.

Sebastian holds a bachelor's degree in English and Secondary Education from

the University of Michigan, a master's degree in English Literature from the

University of Utah and doctorate in Anthropology from the University of New

Mexico.  She is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor in UNM's Department

of Anthropology and Secretary-elect of the Society for American Archaeology.

In addition to a wealth of archaeological fieldwork in the Southwest,

Sebastian has conducted archaeological research for the Office of Contract

Archaeology at the University of New Mexico, the National Park Service's

Southwest Region and the Bureau of Land Management.  As State Archaeologist,

Sebastian reviews state and federal undertakings for their effect on

prehistoric resources, issues and monitors permits for archaeological work

on state lands and provides information about the archaeology of New Mexico

to the public.  Sebastian, who resides in Corrales, assumed the Historic

Preservation Officer position on February 10.

Dan Reiley

Staff Archaeologist

NM Historic Preservation Division

(505) 827-6320