Raised in Denver, Hannna Marie Wormington-Volk majored in zoology at the University of Denver and inadvertently signed up for an archaeology class that would determine her life path. She went on to receive and M.A. and Ph.D. of Anthropology at Radcliffe (Harvard University) in 1954. Following graduation, she was a staff archaeologist and curator at the Denver Museum of Natural History. She was 26 when she published her best seller “Ancient Man in North America,” an explanation of Stone Age man. She went on to publish six more books about prehistoric inhabitants of the Southwest. During her career she attended archaeological congresses, conferences, and symposiums in 29 foreign countries and received numerous awards. Wormington was the first female archaeologist to be elected president of the Society for American Archaeology. She was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship in 1970. In 1983, the Society of American Archaeology awarded her the Distinguished Service Award, she was the first female archaeologist to receive the award.