Roberts, Frank H. H. ‏(Frank Harold Hanna), 1897-1966‏

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Biographical History

Frank H.H. Roberts was born on August 11, 1897, in Centerburg, Ohio. He died on February 23, 1966, in Washington, D.C. He joined the National Geographic Society expedition to Pueblo Bonito in 1926, which provided the material for his doctoral dissertation "The Ceramic Sequence in the Chaco Canyon, New Mexico, and its Relation to the Cultures of the San Juan Basin." He then joined the staff of the Bureau of American Ethnology at the Smithsonian Institution in November of the same year. He received his Doctorate in Anthropology from Harvard University in 1927. Dr. Roberts became director of the Bureau of American Ethnology in 1957. He visited the excavations of the Colorado Museum of Natural History and started an important study of the Folsom culture in American archaeology.


Stephenson, R. L. (1967). Frank H. H. Roberts, Jr., 1897-1966. American Antiquity, No. 1 (Jan. 1967), 84-94. Retrieved June 21, 2017 from

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