Ga. names state archaeologist

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ATLANTA -- A veteran scientist becomes the state archaeologist, the Department of Natural Resources announced Thursday.

Bryan Tucker, the deputy archaeologist for the last two years, moved into the top spot to succeed Dave Crass who had that post since 2009. Crass continues as director of the department’s Historic Preservation Division.

State law gives the state archaeologist responsibility over publicly-owned sites, directing relevant university research on public land and designing educational materials.

Tucker is investigating ways to better interpret archaeological findings to the public with something called “augmented reality.” He is also a specialist in the use of stable isotopes in solving archaeological mysteries and has worked in neighboring states.

His excavations revealed Bronze Age hill forts, Roman villas and Neanderthal camps in Portugal in addition to a dig in Belize.

“Bryan has done an outstanding job over the last several years improving DNR’s management and decision-making processes,” Crass said. “He also brings strength to our public interpretation and education efforts. I’m proud to have him on the DNR team.”


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