Dr. Steve Nash is an archaeologist, columnist, historian of science, and ersatz stand-up comic. He currently studies the Mogollon archaeology of west-central New Mexico, Indian peace medals in the Museum’s Crane Collection, and the enchanted Russian gem carving sculptures of Vasily Konovalenko, among other topics. He has written and edited nine books and dozens of peer-reviewed articles on subjects ranging from Neanderthal stone tools to tree-ring dating, and from the history of museums to Southwestern archaeology. He has published more than 60 columns for the SAPIENS.org online magazine, on topics ranging from ancient Roman hygiene to Leonardo da Vinci, and from the Huey helicopter to the use of GPS systems. He has been at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science for 17 years; prior to that, he served as head of collections in the Department of Anthropology at the Field Museum in Chicago. Eons ago, he served as a tour guide and lecturer at the Museum of Science and Industry, where many of his ideas about museums, collections, and serving myriad publics began to take shape.
Photo by Rick Wicker, 2022