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CSU archaeologist honored for work in state

February 6, 2013

CSU's Jason LaBelle has been honored by History Colorado for his years of work in preserving the state's history.

Jason LaBelle is director of CSU's Center for Mountain and Plains Archaeology. LaBelle, an associate professor of anthropology and director of CSU’s Center for Mountain and Plains Archaeology (CMPA), was given the Stephen H. Hart Award at History Colorado’s 27th annual awards ceremony in Denver. The Hart Award, established in 1986, recognizes achievements in historic preservation and archaeology throughout Colorado.

As CMPA director, LaBelle is engaged in a broad spectrum of work in archaeology including research, contract work, public outreach and tours of archaeological sites.

“I see what I do as a service to the people of Colorado to let them know about the past peoples of Colorado,” LaBelle said.

Research and teaching

In addition to his work in preserving the state’s past, LaBelle’s Archaeology Field School, offered each summer, prepares students for careers in archaeology. The field school gives students hands-on archaeological training and offers them a gateway to post-graduation jobs.

LaBelle also was instrumental in helping secure a $1 million dollar gift to CSU’s Department of Anthropology, which established the James and Audrey Benedict Mountain Archaeology Endowment and CMPA. The gift expanded access to resources for students including a comprehensive collection of artifacts, a high alpine laboratory, and expanded research and teaching spaces.