David Thomas

Since 1972, David Hurst Thomas has been the anthropology curator of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Thomas, a Native American archaeologist, discovered both Gatecliff Shelter (Nevada) and the lost Catholic mission Santa Catalina de Guale on St. John's Island in the 16th and 17th centuries. Georgia's Catherine's Island He recently returned to St. Louis after leading the long-term excavation of Mission San Marcos near Santa Fe, New Mexico. Catherine's Isle will be used for long-term archaeological research.

Thomas has published widely and is a founding trustee of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. His publications include 100 papers and 30 books, the most recent of which is the New York Times bestseller Skull Wars: Kennewick Man, Archaeology, and the Struggle for Native American Identity. Thomas, an archaeologist, enjoys antiques such as his 1961 Corvette, his 130-year-old home, and the Oakland Raiders.