The Consultants

Archaeological and Cultural Education Consultants (ACE Consultants) is a woman owned business that provides services in North America and beyond.

Carol Ellick
Carol J. Ellick, M.A., RPA

Carol J. Ellick is a leading expert in the field of archaeological and cultural education. She has a B.A. in anthropology with a specialization in archaeology from The Evergreen State College and an M.A. in education with a specialization in curriculum and instruction from Chapman University. She brings more than 30 years of archaeological and cultural education and public outreach experience to every client and project.

To bring balance to teaching and learning about cultures, Ms. Ellick developed Parallel Perspectives, a materials development strategy under which educational materials can be created that incorporate both the archaeological (scientific) and traditional (cultural) perspectives. Ms. Ellick has worked with cultural leaders, tribal museum managers, archaeologists, and teachers within the Comanche Nation, Tohono O’odham Nation, the Apache-Yavapai Nation, and the Mescalero Apache Tribe, in the creation of Parallel Perspectives lesson plans for grades four through seven.

Ms. Ellick has created formal and informal educational materials, taught workshops, and designed award-winning museum-quality displays. Her articles have appeared in numerous professional journals such as the National Park Service’s publication, Common Ground, the Society for American Archaeology magazine, The SAA Archaeological Record, and the Archaeology and Public Education newsletter. She has chapters in Past Meets Present: Archaeologists Partnering with Museum Curators, Teachers, and Community Groups and The Archaeology Education Handbook: Sharing the Past with Kids. She is co-author of The Anthropology Graduate’s Guide: From Student to a Career (Left Coast Press, 2011).

Ms. Ellick has published multiple lesson plans, educational units, and activity guides that use archaeology as the thematic approach to teaching requisite state educational standards in language arts, science, social studies, and mathematics. Most recently, she created The Comanche and the Tasiwóo museum education kit for the Comanche National Museum and Cultural Center and developed an archaeological collections management program for the Chickasaw Cultural Center. Other educational units include Subsistence Strategies in Middle to Late Precontact Arizona, Lesson Plan for Grades 4–7; The Grand Adventure! El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, The Royal Road from Mexico City to Santa Fe; the People, Place, and Time curriculum, associated with the Central Arizona Project; the Teacher's Handbook for Desert Water: An Introduction to the Rio Grande Project of Southern New Mexico and West Texas; and Archaeology and the Environment: Hunters, Gatherers, & Seasonality. (More information on these resources can be found on the Products and Projects page.)

Ms. Ellick has served on state and national professional committees and boards including the Society for American Archaeology (SAA) Public Education Committee (PEC) and the Arizona Archaeological Council (AAC) Archaeology for the Schools Committee (ASC). She was Chair of the SAA PEC from 2004–2007, Chair of the AAC ASC from 1992–1994, and President of the AAC from 1997–1999. In addition to being considered one of the leading archaeological educators in the U.S., Ms. Ellick also works internationally with Indigenous peoples and archaeologists. For nearly a decade, she has given lectures, conducted workshops, and developed programs in countries including Australia, Japan, Mexico and New Zealand. She is currently working with the Center for Ainu and Indigenous Studies at Hokkaido University in Sapporo, Japan.

Prior to starting ACE Consultants, Ms. Ellick spent fourteen years in a for-profit anthropological and historical consulting firm and five years at a historic preservation foundation as director of outreach and education. Most recently, Ms. Ellick taught in the Native American Studies Program at the University of Oklahoma. She continues her affiliation with this program as an Adjunct Instructor and brings the knowledge gained in these positions to ACE Consultants.

Joe Watkins

Joe E. Watkins, Ph.D., RPA

Dr. Watkins is a consultant with ACE Consultants. In addition working with ACE Consultants, he is the Director of the Native American Studies Program at the University of Oklahoma (OU). Prior to coming to OU, Dr. Watkins was an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico from 2003–2007. He was the Agency Archaeologist of the Anadarko Agency of the Bureau of Indian Affairs from 1993 until January of 2003.

He is 1/2 Choctaw Indian, having grown up in the Choctaw woods of southeastern Oklahoma where his family homestead still exists. He has been involved in anthropology for more than forty years, and received his Bachelors of Arts degree in Anthropology from the University of Oklahoma (1969) and his Masters of Arts (1977) and Doctor of Philosophy (1994) degrees in Anthropology from Southern Methodist University. His doctorate examined archaeologists’ responses to questionnaire scenarios concerning their perceptions of American Indian issues.

Dr. Watkins is also involved in public education and outreach in relation to Native American issues within archaeology and the archaeological community. Most recently he served as one of the original five members of Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Time Team America on-air professionals in 2007–2008, and has been asked to continue in that role in future episodes. He has given numerous public lectures to diverse audiences across the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan.

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He has been intensively involved in the major national anthropological organizations, having served on the Board of Directors of the Society for American Archaeology from 2004 until 2006 as well as currently on the Board of the Plains Anthropological Society from 2010-2013. He has also served in numerous capacities within the committee structure of the SAA, including as chair and member of its Ethics Committee and as past chair of both the Native American Scholarships Committee and the Committee on Native American Relations. He is also past chair of the Committee on Ethics of the American Anthropological Association, and past chairman of the Committee on Native American Issues of the Register of Professional Archaeologists. He also serves as a member of the Advisory Council of the Wenner-Gren Foundation.

His current study interests include the ethical practice of anthropology and the study of anthropology’s relationships with descendant communities and Aboriginal populations, and he has published numerous articles on these topics as a means of trying to increase the conversation between Indigenous groups and anthropologists. His book Indigenous Archaeology: American Indian Values and Scientific Practice (AltaMira Press, 2000) is in its second printing. His second book, Reclaiming Physical Heritage: Repatriation and Sacred Sites (Chelsea House Publishers 2005) is aimed toward creating an awareness of Native American issues among high school students. Other works include “The Politics of American Archaeology: Cultural Resources, Cultural Affiliation and Kennewick” (in Indigenous Peoples and Archaeology: The Politics of Practice, edited by Claire Smith and Martin Wobst); “Representing and Repatriating the Past” (in North American Archaeology, edited by Timothy Pauketat and Diana Loren), “Becoming American or Becoming Indian? NAGPRA, Kennewick, and Cultural Affiliation” (Journal of Social Archaeology); “Archaeological Ethics and American Indians” (in A Handbook for Ethics in Archaeology, edited by Larry Zimmerman, Karen D. Vitelli, and Julie Zimmer); “Beyond the Margin: American Indians, First Nations, and Archaeology in North America” (American Antiquity). He is co-author with Carol Ellick on The Archaeology Graduate’s Guide: From Student to a Career (Left Coast Press, 2011.)

As an ACE Consultant, Dr. Watkins serves as a mediator between academic disciplines and Indigenous groups. He provides information on spanning cultural divides between tribal entities and those working with them.

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