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Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

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June 18th 2014:Making a Difference with Archaeologists for Autism

As an archaeologist and father to Becky, a teenager who was diagnosed with autism as a child, Tom Penders was well-positioned to realize the connection between archaeology and people on the autism spectrum. Out of the desire to help Becky and other children on the autism spectrum improve the quality of their lives as much as possible and have fun in the process, Tom founded Archaeologists for Autism, which is currently based in Titusville, Florida. Through free events that feature fun activities related to archaeology, AFA aims to spread awareness about autism, promote research, and encourag

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Tom Penders

Tom Penders has been an archaeologist since 1984, working throughout Florida and also in Arizona, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Minnesota, New Mexico and Belize. He is currently the cultural resources manager for the 45th Space Wing, USAF at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. He also heads a small CRM firm called Thomas Penders and Associates and runs volunteer archaeological research projects on weekends from January to April as part of the Indian River Anthropological Society, a local chapter of the Florida Anthropological Society. They have developed a partnership with the Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program, conducting archaeological research projects on their lands and a
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