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Dr. Robert L. Hoover, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology

Retired: Spring, 1998

Research Interests:

Dr. Hoover was with the Social Sciences Department for 28 years. He is recognized throughout the department and various universities for his research in prehistory and historical archaeology and is considered one of the leading archaeologists in the state. Current research includes the excavation, restoration, and research of the California Mission site, Mission San Antonio, which has an on-going summer Archaeological Field School. Current research also includes the historical archaeology of Brazilian plantations and ethnobotony of the California Chumash Indians. Hoover is currently writing a soon to be published archaeological Portuguese/English-English/Portuguese dictionary.

Past archaeological research includes the study and excavation of prehistoric Chumash Indian culture on Santa Cruz Island, an ancient Chumash village at Los Osos Jr. High School, the historic Presideo of Santa Barbara, and Mission Santa Ines mall complex.

He was a member of the first United States delegation of archaeologists to the People's Republic of China in 1990 and has been a member of the California Historical Resources Commission since 1982.


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Dr. Hoover's Favorite Web Site

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