Robert York earned an MA in anthropology with an emphasis in archaeology from the University of Arizona, Tucson in 1971 and a BA in anthropology from Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff in 1969.
York served as a collection curator at the CNMI Museum of History and Culture in Saipan from 1998 to 2002. He is currently a research associate with the museum. He is also 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’s extensive career in the fields of anthropology and archaeology in the western United States, has been primarily as an archaeologist for various federal agencies including the Bureau of Land Management, the US Forest Service in Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico and the Office of Navajo and Hopi Indian Relocation in Arizona. Additionally, he has held archaeology positions with the Museum of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff; University of Nevada Museum, Las Vegas; Nevada State Museum, Carson City; and the Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office in Cheyenne and Laramie. York has written and presented numerous professional papers on various archaeological and anthropological topics relevant to western U.S. archaeology and cultural resource management issues.
York produces collaborative research and works jointly on projects with his wife, Gigi York, a registered professional archaeologist and fellow anthropology professional. 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, 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.