Christopher Lintz received his M.A. (1975) and Ph.D. (1984) in Anthropology from the University of Oklahoma and his B.A. in Anthropology from Arizona State University (1970). He has conducted and directed cultural resource management archaeology in 17 States and Puerto Rico over a 36-year career for various university and private consulting firms in the private sector. In 2006, he became the first full-time archaeologist for the Wildlife Division of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department where he both managed cultural resource projects on some 51 Wildlife Management Areas across 1,200 square miles of Texas, and coordinated cultural resource consultation for federal grants for habitat restoration projects on private lands. He retired after 10 years from TPWD in 2016 and is currently a Research Associate at the Center for Archaeological Studies at Texas State University in San Marcos.
Since 1970, he has focused his research interests on the southern High Plains with emphasis on ecological anthropology involving paleo-environmental reconstruction, human adaptation, settlement/subsistence patterns, architectural and community patterns, technological trends in lithic resource extraction and tool manufacture, ceramic technology, and regional exchange/interaction across the Southern Plains region with adjacent areas, especially during the Late Prehistoric Period of A.D. 1200 to 1500. He has written more than 350 archeological reports, articles and book chapters, and often writes up reports on unpublished excavations in museums, and private collections that dovetail with his research topics.
He is a Steward volunteer for the Texas Historical Commission. Several of his projects have been recognized with by the THC as recipients of a Merit in Archaeology Awards. He has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Panhandle Archaeological Society, the Lifetime Membership Award from the Hill Country Archeological Society, a Fellow of the Texas Archaeological Society. His contributions to the archeology of the Texas-Oklahoma panhandle have been recognized by the Distinguished Service Award from the Plains Anthropological Society, and the Curtis Tunnell Lifetime Achievement Award from the THC.