Donald E. Weaver, Jr., passed away May 26 at the Hospice of the Valley in Scottsdale, AZ.

The text below was written in parts by Kelley Hays-Gilpin, Northern Arizona University; Bob Mark, and Evelyn Billo, on Sunday, May 26 and displayed here with permission:

“We are saddened to announce the passing of Dr. Donald E. Weaver, Jr. this morning.

Weaver (PhD, Anthropology, Arizona State University 1978) was the owner of Plateau Mountain Desert Research, an archaeological consulting firm in Flagstaff. His most recent project was documenting the Sears Point Rock Art for the Bureau of Land Management, Yuma, Arizona, with with Rupestrian CyberServices and the help of many volunteers. Weaver was involved in Arizona archaeology for more than 40 years. Weaver initiated the cultural resource management program at Arizona State University and directed the program for three years.

He directed the contract section and served as the Head of the Department of Anthropology at the Museum of Northern Arizona for more than 10 years before forming his own private consulting company in 1988.

A recognized authority on Southwestern prehistoric rock art, especially that of Arizona, Weaver authored numerous books and articles dealing with rock art research, notably Stone Chisel and Yucca Brush: Colorado Plateau Rock Art and Images on Stone: The Prehistoric Rock Art of the Colorado Plateau. Dr. Weaver served as president of the American Rock Art Research Association (ARARA) in 1994. Weaver personally visited and partially documented more than 600 rock art sites scattered across every region of the state of Arizona.

Between 1989 and 2001, Dr. Weaver served as the professional advisor and coordinator of the Arizona Archaeological Society Rock Art Recording Field School that recorded rock art sites in the Chavez Pass – Anderson Pass areas, in Wupatki National Monument, Deadmans Wash, Inscription Point on the Navajo Indian Reservation, in Red Tank Draw, and on Perry Mesa. Weaver, along with Jane Kolber, organized and directed the complete recording of the Chevelon Steps site, one of the most important rock art sites in Arizona. The recording project using trained volunteers spanned more than five years and resulted in the preparation of a successful National Register of Historic Places nomination.

Weaver was an active participant on the Flagstaff Picture Canyon Working Group that successfully recorded the rock art, placed the site on the National Register, and acquired the site as Flagstaff’s newest Cultural and Natural Preserve. As an experienced rock climber, he provided valuable assistance in the recording of the rock art Canyon de Chelly National Monument and Chaco Culture National Historical Park. He was exceedingly generous in sharing his time and talents to achieve a permanent record of fragile rock art resources by documenting them. Donald E. Weaver, Jr. was awarded ARARA’s Frank and AJ Bock Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009.”

Donations in Don’s memory may be sent to the Museum of Northern Arizona (


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