What is Dr. Reynolds's profession in Dance Hall of the Dead?

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In Dance Hall of the Dead, Dr. Reynolds is a professor of anthropology. This means that he studies how artifacts such as historical relics and archaeological sites can be utilized to learn about the history and evolution of different human communities and ecologies. While he has experience as a teacher, Dr. Reynolds's role within the scope of the novel is in anthropological field work: he supervises the site near the bloodstained patch of ground where the search for Ernesto and George begins. Ostensibly, the objective of his research is to prove that a 10,000-year-old community of indigenous Americans, collectively called Folsom Man, outlasted its currently accepted timeline. Ultimately, it is found that Reynolds is carrying out unethical research, "salting" his excavation sites in order to falsify data so that it validates his theory.

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