Gigi York earned an MA in anthropology with an emphasis in archaeology from Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff awarded in 1995 and a BA in fine arts from University of Colorado at Boulder awarded in 1978.
York worked as a collections curator at the CNMI Museum of History and Culture in Saipan from 1998 to 2002 and served as the museum’s director in 2002. She continues her relationship with the museum as a research associate. Additionally, she is a fellow of the Frison Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology at University of Wyoming in Laramie and a research associate of the Nevada State Museum in Carson City.
York is a registered professional archaeologist and has held positions with the National Park Service in Pecos, New Mexico; the US Forest Service in Colorado, California and Wyoming; the Bureau of Land Management Anasazi Heritage Center in Dolores, Colorado; Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff; and the Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office. She has written numerous archaeology reports and has presented at several professional meetings and conferences.
York produces collaborative research and works jointly on various projects with her husband Robert York, also a professional in the fields of archaeology and anthropology. From 1998 to 2001, the Yorks co-wrote a series of articles on Marianas and Micronesian archaeology, history and peoples, as well as, their own experiences for the Redstone Review, a newspaper in Lyons, Colorado. They have presented papers and lectures on their slingstone research at several professional conferences and meetings including the 2006 SAA Annual Meetings in Puerto Rico; Friends of the Frison Institute Annual Meeting 2005 in Laramie, Wyoming; Nevada Archaeology Association Meetings in Winnemucca; and the Great Basin Anthropological Conference, Reno in 2004. They will be presenting their slingstone research at the 2008 SAA Meetings in Vancouver, BC.