Museum Director Patrick D. Lyons, Ph.D.
Patrick D. Lyons, Ph.D., is director of the Arizona State Museum, an associate professor in the School of Anthropology at the University of Arizona, and a research associate at Archaeology Southwest. Dr. Lyons has conducted extensive fieldwork at the ancestral Hopi villages of Homol’ovi in northern Arizona, and in the San Pedro Valley of southeastern Arizona. His book, Ancestral Hopi Migrations, was published by the University of Arizona Press in 2003. He has authored and co-authored many articles in American Antiquity, Journal of the Southwest, Kiva, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. His current research focuses on the prehispanic pottery of the southwestern U.S. and northwestern Mexico, ancient migrations, and the use of tribal oral tradition in archaeology.
Lyons, an archaeologist, is ASM’s seventh director since its founding by the territorial legislature in 1893. He previously served as ASM's head of collections and, since 2009, as the museum's associate director.