Jerry B. Howard, as Curator of Anthropology at the Mesa Southwest
Museum and in his many other roles involving the public, is an influential interpreter of the
Hohokam cultural landscape and a widely recognized expert in their remarkable prehistoric canals
in the Phoenix area. Concurrent with his Ph.D. studies at Arizona State University, Howard has
authored numerous archaeological publications and led a master compilation of the locations of
settlements and canals in the Salt River Valley (published in 1990). The resulting map
represents a key resource in public planning and professional research in the Phoenix area.
As a longstanding mainstay of the Southwest Archaeology Team (SWAT), Howard has been
instrumental in guiding its enthusiastic avocationalists and matching their efforts to the pressing
needs of Arizona archaeology. He has also brought archaeology to the interested public by teaching
field and laboratory classes in museum, junior college, and Arizona Archaeological Society venues.
Notable successes in public presentation and development include his tireless initiatives in support
of the Park of the Canals and the acquisition and
study of Mesa Grande, a massive platform mound now secure in its urban setting.