Dr. Bayles is Curator of Anthropology and Health at the Witte Museum, where he curates the pioneering new H-E-B Body Adventure. Dr. Bayles has also held faculty appointments at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio for over 10 years. Dr. Bayles received his first Masters degree studying Mayan hieroglyphs and art with the eminent epigrapher Linda Schele at UT-Austin. He then received his PhD in Anthropology and Masters in Public Health working with indigenous Tojolab’al Mayan midwives and traditional healers in Chiapas, Mexico and South Texas. A member of the Mayor's Fitness Council, Dr. Bayles creates innovative, sustained partnerships for community public health.
Harry J. Shafer, Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin, is a professor emeritus at Texas A&M University and Curator of Archaeology at the Witte Museum. He was the first archaeologist to join the faculty of Texas A&M University’s College of Liberal Arts and has been active in archaeological research since 1962. His main research interests are lithic technology, archaeology field methods, and the archaeology of Texas, the American Southwest (Mimbres and Jornada Mogollon), and the Lowland Maya. His research spans all time periods in Texas prehistory, and he has conducted long-term field investigations at Hinds Cave in Val Verde County, Texas; the NAN Ranch Ruin in New Mexico; and Colha, Belize. He codirected the Texas A&M University excavations of the Clovis period at the Gault site in Bell County, Texas. He is the author of Mimbres Archaeology at the NAN Ranch Ruin, Ancient Texans: Rock Art and Lifeways along the Lower Pecos; the coauthor of Field Methods in Archaeology and Maya Stone Tools; editor of Painters in Prehistory: Archaeology and Art of the Lower Pecos Canyonlands, author or coauthor of over 300 articles and book chapters. Shafer continues to lecture and write about archaeology and is the co-owner, with Dr. Thomas Hester, of Abasolo Archaeological Consultants. He lives in San Antonio, Texas.