Sherman Loy Memorial Award recipient announced – Arizona News

Sherman Loy Memorial Award recipient announced – Arizona News

CAMPE VERDE – Each year, the Verde Valley Archaeology Center presents the Sherman Loy Memorial Award to an avocational archaeologist for outstanding efforts in the protection and promotion of the archaeological heritage of the Verde Valley. The recipient is chosen based on contributions to our knowledge of archaeology and active participation in the preservation or protection of archaeological sites. The 2017 recipient is Shelby Coody of Lake Montezuma. The award will be presented on September 26 at 6:30 pm in the Cliff Castle Casino Lodge Conference Center.

Born in 1924, Shelby is a World War II U.S. Air Force veteran. After the war he earned a B.S. degree in education and taught school for five years before becoming a designer for Rockwell International for 25 years. Before his retirement to Arizona in 1978, he worked on the space shuttle program. Shortly after arriving in Lake Montezuma he became interested in the rich cultural heritage of the area. Being a licensed pilot he began to fly over the Verde Valley doing aerial reconnaissance. He covered over 14,400 acres in 1986 alone and located eighty-one archaeological sites. The U.S. Forest Service acknowledged that “most of which were not previously known.” The Forest Service recognized his work with an award in 1987 for greatly augmenting the site inventory records. Using his design skills from Rockwell International, he began to prepare detailed instrument maps of several major pueblos including the ruins at Sacred Mountain, John Heath Ruin, Jackson Ranch Ruin, the Red Tank Draw petroglyphs and assisted at Clear Creek Ruin. These were the first detailed maps ever made that greatly…

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