Barstow Field Office
Jim Shearer does field surveys to ensure compliance with the National Historic Resource Act for the Barstow Field Office. He started there in February 2006. Just prior to that, Jim was a staff archaeologist at Fort Irwin. He also worked as a crew chief on a BAHR team for the Manti Lasal National Forest, recommending and applying treatments to archaeological sites affected by the Hammond Fire of 2002.
Jim did not start out as an archaeologist, but in 1997 he decided to do what he had always wanted to do and returned to school to study archaeology. Even as a child, he wanted to study past and present cultures. He went to school at Utah State University earning a bachelor's degree in archaeology and history. He went on to get a master's degree in American studies and anthropolgy.
As if that were not enough, Jim has also done ethnographic research in Nepal, studying traditonal healers and witches of the Himalayan region, which included an apprenticeship to become a shaman.
Originally from San Francisco, Jim worked for many years in northern Utah in the space division for the Thiokol Corporation, mixing solid rocket propellants for the space shuttle. He now lives in Barstow. He and his wife have a blended family of ten children, four still at home.