Paul Duran is from a small Spanish village in Northern New Mexico. He has been working in archaeology for eight years, generally in the Southwest U.S. and the Hawaiian Islands. Paul received his B.A. from the University of New Mexico and his M.A. from New Mexico State University. His research interests range from stone tool procurement strategies and manufacturing technologies to settlement of the Pacific Islands and the American Southwest. He is also interested in community based archaeology, geoarchaeology, and landscape archaeology.