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Experienced Archaeologist Project/GIS Manager



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TADHG KIRWAN, MA RPA

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Education Background

 

2013 Burn Area Emergency Responder (BAER) Cultural Resource Specialist (BACS)

2008 Master of Arts University of Liverpool Archaeology

2007 Bachelor of Arts University of Colorado Anthropology

 

Professional Experience

 

KMEA, Inc. (Staff Archaeologist assigned to the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center (MCAGCC) - Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs (NREA) Division

Employment Period: February 2016 – Present

Position: Staff Archaeologist / GIS Specialist

Project: MCAGCC / NREA, Twentynine Palms, CA.

Synopsis of Duties: Act as MCAGCC staff archaeologist / CRM specialist. Supervise and brief all field personnel from contracted firms. Conduct Cultural and Biological pre-field briefing on cultural resources, flora, fauna, and unexploded ordinance which may be encountered, and how to handle each if encountered. Coordinate cultural resources between the SHPO, THPO, and NREA. Maintain base cultural resources (Archaeology) and natural resources (Biology) survey, site, and isolate GIS database.  Represent the Federal Government in all matters relating to archaeology. Review and comment on all contractor site and isolate forms. Review and comment on all contractor reports. Evaluate sites and recommend National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) eligibility. Participate in animal rescue; birds, snakes, tortoise, and coyote. Participate in biological survey of flora and fauna. Conduct truthing site visits to verify contractor recording of sites. Conduct tours of important and rare archaeological sites within the base for visiting dignitaries.

Cultural Material Encountered: Prehistoric artifacts [Serrano, Vanyumé, Cahuilla, Mohave, Chemehuevi] include lithics, ceramics, rockart, thermal features, and middens. Historic artifacts [European-American] including ceramics, metals, wood, structures, and features.

Counties Worked In: San Bernardino.

 

Cogstone, RMI (Staff Archaeologist)

Employment Period: June 2014 - July 2015

Position: Project Manager / Field Director

Projects: Brought all project in on time and under budget. (1) Barren Ridge Renewable Transmission Project. Cultural Resources and Paleontological Resource Survey and Construction monitoring. (2) Fort Irwin TO37, U.S. Army National Training Center/GSA Region 9. Class III Cultural Resources Inventory Survey and National Register Evaluation of Archaeology Sites. (3) Fort Irwin TO53, U.S. Army National Training Center/GSA Region 9. Class III Cultural Resources Inventory Survey and National Register Evaluation of Archaeology Sites. (4) High Desert Corridor/ SR 138 Widening Project, Phase II - Shovel Test Probes and Test Excavation Units, FHWA/Caltrans District 7. (5) Bodie Hills FY14-15 Cultural Resources Survey, Desert Restoration Project, Bureau of Land Management, Bishop Field Office. (6) Paradise Valley Specific Plan, Glorious Land Company. (7) High Desert Corridor/ SR 138 Widening Project, Phase I Survey, FHWA/Caltrans District 7. (8) Wheeler Canyon Road Bridge Improvement, Caltrans District 6, County of Ventura Public Works Agency, Transportation Department, Santa Paula. (9) Yucca Loma Bridge/Yates Road/Green Tree Blvd. Improvements, Apple Valley. (10) Shady Creek Medical Center, Southern California Edison, Irvine.

Synopsis of Duties: Supervised field crews conducting cultural resources inventories, directing survey, site recording and site evaluation to Section 106 standards. Supervised STP excavations (shovel test pits), and 1.0 x 1.0 excavation units. Prepared portions of related final report. Evaluated cultural resources for inclusion to the NRHP. Supervised  field crews conducting BLM land identified  for  vegetation  management.  Conducted records  search. Determined potential impacts to archaeological resources. Cultural resources assessment, record search, Sacred Lands search, NAHC consultation and field survey to support technical studies (ASR/HPSR) and coordination/approval of an APE map by Caltrans. Conducted paleontological monitoring during ground disturbing activities. Brought all project in on time and under budget.

Cultural Material Encountered: Prehistoric artifacts [Chemehuevi, Mojave, Maricopa, Serrano, Tongva, Mono, Northern Paiute, Cahuilla, Tataviam, Luiseño] included lithics, ceramics, and structures. Historic artifacts [European-American] including ceramics, metals, wood, structures, and features.

Counties Worked In: San Bernardino, Los Angeles, Mono, Riverside, Ventura, Kern, and Orange.

 

The Louis Berger Group (Three month assignment)

Employment Period: April 2014 - June 2014

Position: Crew Member

Projects: Des Moines Civic Center Bridge Realignment, Polk County, Des Moines Iowa. County Road  J50  Road  Construction,  Des  Moines  County,  Burlington  Iowa.  US  218  Bridge Realignment, Henry County, Mount Pleasant Iowa.

Synopsis of Duties: Conduct 50cm (diameter) by 1m (deep) shovel tests and 1m (square) by 1m (deep) excavation units within Area of Potential Effect for project construction. Identify and record cultural resources including prehistoric lithics and ceramics, historic cultural remains.

Cultural Material Encountered: Prehistoric artifacts [Late  Woodlands, Kiowa, and Apache] included lithics and ceramics. Historic artifacts [European-American and African-American] including ceramics, metals, and wood.

Counties Worked In: Des Moines, Polk, and Henry Counties Iowa.

 
Tadhg Kirwan 
(Contract Archaeologist) Employment Period: January 2014 – January 2016

 Position: Principal Investigator

Projects: Cell tower ethnography reports in Colorado, Montana, and North Dakota.

Synopsis of Duties: Write Native-American ethnographic reports for FCC cell tower compliance.

Cultural Material Encountered: None with this contract.

Counties Worked In: Custer, Larimer, Freemont, Teller, El Paso(Colorado). Fallon, Dawson, Sheridan, Roosevelt, Adams (Montana). Mercer, Sheridan, McHenry, Slope, Dunn, Bowman, Burke,  Mountrail,  Oliver,  Bottineau,  Ward,  McLean,  McKenzie,  Stark,  Golden  Valley, Stutsman, Billings (North Dakota).

 

Quaternary Resource Investigations  (Two month assignment)

Employment Period: January 2014 - February 2014

Position: Crew Member

Projects: New Mission Data Recovery Fort Bliss (New Mexico) and Tobin Wells Data Recovery

Fort Bliss (Texas).

Synopsis of Duties: Surface survey to identify and record cultural resources including prehistoric lithics and ceramics. Excavated sites for data recovery removing unsettled top sediment and three to five centimeters of compacted soils to reveal thermal features for further excavation. Bisected hearth features to collect charcoal samples and flotation samples.

Cultural Material Encountered: Prehistoric Artifacts [Omaha and Winnebago] included Lithics and Ceramics.

Counties Worked In: Doña Ana and Otero Counties New Mexico. El Paso County Texas.

 

Phase One Archaeological Services (Various Projects)

Employment Period: July 2013 - November 2013

Position: Crew Chief / GIS Manager

Projects: Northern Natural Gas (NNG) Western Leg Expansion Pipeline and Compressor Stations. NNG Flint Hills Loop. TerraCon Illinois Cell Tower Array. AutoZone Redevelopment La Crosse, TerraCon Ohio Cell Tower Array.

Synopsis of Duties: Generated GIS for projects, produced project maps, participated in surface survey and recordation of cell tower locations and pipeline corridors, write and edit final reports. Cultural Material Encountered: Prehistoric Artifacts [Omaha and Winnebago] included Lithics and Ceramics. Historic Artifacts [Euro-America] dams, drainage systems, bridges, and various metallic and ceramic artifacts.

Counties Worked In: Dakota County Minnesota, Dane County Wisconsin, McHenry County

Illinois, Carroll County Ohio.

 

P2H Archaeology (Project Specific)

Employment Period: April 2013 - June 2013

Position: Crew Chief / GIS Manager

Project: ConocoPhillips SWNM Pipeline excavation.

Synopsis of Duties: Supervised mapping crew utilizing a TopCon Total Station with a TDS data collector and a Trimble GeoXT (Terrasync and Arcpad). Responsibilities included visiting sites prior to excavation teams, using the Trimble, laid out lath along APE where it ran across site boundaries and established an excavation baseline (N 500, E 550, Z 100.00). Using the Topcon, established  a  grid  system  for  excavation,  recorded  artifacts  and  features,  and  recorded topography. Supervised a team of four techs conducting data recovery utilizing 1x1's, 2x2's, and 4x4's. Data recovered included lithic fragments, projectile points, metates and manos, and ceramics. Structures included single to multiple room field houses, pueblos, pit houses, agricultural features, and shrines.

Cultural Material Encountered: Prehistoric Artifacts [Mogollon, Suma, Jumano, Apache, Comanche, Kiowa, and Navaho] including Lithics, Ceramics, and Structures. Historic Artifacts [Spanish and Euro-American] including drainage systems, structures, and various metallic and ceramics.

Counties Worked In: Sandoval, Santa Fe, Bernalillo, Torrance, Lincoln, Chaves, Eddy, Lea, Rio

Arriba, and San Juan.

 

Phase One Archaeological Services (Project Specific)

Employment Period: October 2012 - January 2013

Position: Crew Chief / GIS Manager

Projects:  Northern  Natural  Gas  (NNG)  Western  Leg  Expansion  Pipeline  and  Compressor

Stations. Northern Minnesota Energy (NME) Windfarm and Associated Facilities.

Synopsis of Duties: Participated in surface survey and recordation of 20 acres of agricultural fields in anticipation of NNG the western leg expansion. Participated in surface survey of 49 one-acre turbine pads, 20 miles of access road, and 35 miles of buried cable within agricultural fields in anticipation of a NME Windfarm. Excavated 50cm x 50cm soil evaluation test holes, operated GPS for field points and track boundaries. Generated GIS maps and data for reports, write reports.

Cultural Material Encountered: Prehistoric Artifacts [Omaha and Winnebago] included Lithics and Ceramics. Historic Artifacts [Euro-America] dams, drainage systems, bridges, and various metallic and ceramic artifacts.

Counties Worked In: Dakota, Dodge, Saunders, and Otoe Counties Nebraska. Ellsworth and Ottawa Counties Kansas. Paullina, Hancock, and Cherokee Counties Iowa. Carlton and Fillmore Counties Minnesota.

 

Anthony and Associates, Inc. (Project Specific)

Employment Period: August 2012

Position: Archaeologist

Project: Monument Lake Fish Hatchery

Synopsis of Duties: Participated in a three day intensive survey and recordation of a 1930’s era CCC (Civilian Construction Corps) / WPA (Works Progress Administration) fish hatchery in Las Animas County, Colorado. Recorded GPS positions of survey transects, linear and historical components, and isolated finds utilizing a handheld Garmin GPSMap 76Cx. Photographed linear and historical components and isolated finds utilizing a GPS enabled camera. Completed Colorado field forms as required by artifact / component encountered.

Cultural Material Encountered: Historic [Euro-America] dams, drainage systems, storage tanks, bridges, building, and zoo.

Counties Worked In: Las Animas.

 

Commonwealth Cultural Resources Group, Inc. (Project Specific)

Employment Period: April 2012 – May 2012

Position: Archaeologist / GPS Operator

Project: Enbridge Line 6B Phase I Archaeological Survey.

Synopsis of Duties: Participated in cultural resource management project in Lower Michigan (Niles to Port Huron). Record GPS positions of surveyed sections of pipeline corridor, surface finds, positive shovel tests, and landscape features utilizing a handheld Trimble GeoXT.

Cultural Material Encountered: Prehistoric Artifacts [Miami and Kickapoo] included Lithics and

Ceramics.

Counties Worked In: Berrien, Cass, St. Joseph, Calhoun, Jackson, Michigan.

 

Southeastern Archaeological Research, Inc. (Project Specific)

Employment Period: November 2011 – March 2012

Position: Archaeologist

Project(s): Osceola National Forest Fuel Reduction and Timber Lease Phase II Archaeological

Survey. Amelia Island Roadway Phase II Archaeological Survey.

Synopsis of Duties: Surface Survey / Excavation in North Central Florida, excavate 50x50x100 cm test pits, location, artifact, and site recording utilizing a Trimble GeoXH handheld GPS. Cultural  Material  Encountered:  Prehistoric  Artifacts  [Timucuan]  included  Lithics.  Historic Artifacts [Euro-American] included Herty pots and fragments.

Counties Worked In: Columbia and Nassua County, Florida.

 

TRC Environmental Corporation (Staff Archaeologist)

Employment Period: August 2011 – November 2011

Position: Archaeologist

Project(s): Wolf Wells Phase II Hazardous Fuels Reduction Class II and III Archaeological Inventory. Legacy Uranium Mines Class III Archaeological Inventory. Data Recovery Archaeological Excavation for Site 5AH3216 at Parker Jordan Centennial Open Space Project. ETC Lone Star Gateway Pipeline Class II Archaeological Inventory.

Synopsis of Duties: Participate in cultural resource management projects in New Mexico, Colorado, and Texas. Responsibilities include writing feature descriptions, artifact tallies, GPS logs, photographic logs, mapping utilizing a Nikon NPL-352 Total Station, handheld Trimble GeoExplorer3 and Garmin 76Cx.

Cultural Material Encountered: Prehistoric Artifacts [Navajo, Anasazi, Freemont, and Ute] included Lithics, Ceramics, Ground Stone, and Dwellings. Historic Artifacts [Euro-American] included Livestock-Herder Camps, Mines, and Dwellings.

Counties Worked In: McKinley and Cibola Counties, New Mexico. Arapahoe County, Colorado. Crockett, Reagan, and Val Verde Counties, Texas.

 

Aztec Archaeological Consultants (Staff Archaeologist)

Employment Period: December 2010 – August 2011

Position: Archaeologist / GIS Analyst

Project(s): Williams Four Corners Oil and Gas Pipeline and Well Pad Locations. ConocoPhillips/Burlington Resources Pipeline and Well Pad Locations. ConocoPhillips Well Pads and Services, Canyon of the Ancients Archaeological Inventory, Encana Gasaway- Takeaway Pipeline Survey.

Synopsis of Duties: Participate in cultural resource management projects in Northwest New Mexico (including Dinétah) and Western Colorado. Responsibilities include writing site forms, feature descriptions, artifact tallies, GPS logs, and photographic logs. Additional duties include mapping utilizing a handheld GPS, and site photographer. Generate GIS tasks as required for project maps, artifact analysis, and report graphics. All projects involve the identification and recording of prehistoric and historic Phase I and II cultural material. NMCRIS, BLM, and NRHP records search.

Cultural Material Encountered: Prehistoric Artifacts [Navajo, Anasazi, Freemont, and Ute] included Lithics, Ceramics, Ground Stone, Rock Art, Arborglyphs, and Dwellings. Historic Artifacts [Euro-American] included Livestock-Herder Camps, Rock Art, and Dwellings.

Counties Worked In: San Juan, Rio Arriba, and Sandoval Counties, New Mexico. Dolores, Garfield, and Rio Blanco Counties, Colorado.

 

Southeastern Archaeological Research, Inc. (Project Specific)

Employment Period: December 2010

Position: Archaeologist

Project(s): Archaeological Survey Effort for the Technical Risk Reduction Initiative (TRRI) Next   Generation   Over-The-Horizon   Radar   (NGOTHR)   and   Space   and   Naval   Warfare (SPAWAR) Systems Command.

Synopsis of Duties: Participated in Surface Survey and Site Recording on two Department of

Defense Satellite Installations in Southeastern / Coastal Texas.

Cultural Material Encountered: Prehistoric Artifacts [Coahuilteco and Carrizo] included Lithics.

Counties Worked In: Jim Wells and McMullen Counties, Texas.

 

Majik Drum Archaeological Consultants. (Project Specific)

Employment Period: October 2010 – December 2010

Position: Crew Chief / GIS Manager

Project(s): Yakima Training Center Cultural Resource Inventory

Synopsis of Duties: Supervised Phase I surface surveys on the Yakima  Training Center in Yakima Washington. Investigated and recorded Phase II prehistoric sites, reinvestigated and recorded Phase II previously recorded sites. Evaluated and recommended all sites for inclusion to the National Register of Historic Places under section 106. Mapped sites utilizing a Trimble GeoXT, uploaded and downloaded data to ArcMap10, prepared ArcMap 10 documents. Conducted 30x30cm shovel testing and 50x50cm excavations.

Cultural Material Encountered: Prehistoric Artifacts [Yakama] included Lithics, Ground Stone, Burials, and Temporary Camps.

Counties Worked In: Yakima County, Washington.

 

Quality Services, Inc. (Staff)

Employment Period: March 2010 – October 2010

Position: Principal Investigator / GIS Manager

Project(s): Wyoming Energy Well Pad Locations, Pine Ridge Oglala Sioux Indian Reservation Cultural Resource Inventories, Cheyenne River Sioux Indian Reservation Underground Cable Installation Monitoring, FCC Communication Tower Location and Collocation Survey.

Synopsis of Duties: Supervised prehistoric and historic site investigation, recording, and evaluation. National Historic Landmarks and National Register of Historic Places records search. National Register of Historic Places evaluation and recommendation. Report writing and editing. Supervised and conducted Phase I, II, and III projects for Wyoming Energy Development, construction monitoring, Level I inventories on Pine Ridge and Cheyenne River Indian Reservations, FCC Communication Tower surveys, evaluations, and recommendations. Supervised GIS department, prepare ArcMap documents, manage and organize projects (field crews, maps, documentation, and reports).

Cultural  Material  Encountered:  Prehistoric  Artifacts  [Arapaho,  Cheyenne,  Ute,  Shoshone, Sioux, and Lakota] included Lithics, Ground Stone, Beads, and Burials. Historic Artifacts [Euro- American] included Sheep-Herder Camps, Middens, and Dwellings.

Counties Worked In: Campbell County, Wyoming. Dewey, Ziebach, Shannon, and Jackson Counties,  South  Dakota.  Cuyahoga,  Lorain,  and  Eire  Counties,  Ohio,  and  Hall  County, Nebraska.

 

URS Corporation. (Project Specific)

Employment Period: April 2009 – July 2009

Position: Archaeologist

Project(s): Gateway West Transmission Line

Synopsis of Duties: Participated in the Gateway West Transmission Line Project, a Wyoming- Class III Cultural Resource Inventory. The project involved surface surveys of prehistoric and historic sites along a proposed 500-foot wide corridor transmission line. Responsibilities include identification and recording of culturally significant material in compliance with Bureau of Land Management, Forestry Service, and the State of Wyoming standards. Duties performed during the project include shovel-testing sites for subsurface cultural material, identifying lithic and ceramic materials, identifying habitat locations, rock art identification, photographing sites and artifacts, site-mapping utilizing a Trimble GPS, and artifact collection / documentation.

Cultural Material Encountered: Prehistoric Artifacts [Arapaho, Cheyenne, Ute, and Shoshone] included Lithics, Ground Stone, Temporary Camps, Hearths, and Ceramics. Historic Artifacts [Euro-American] included Sheep-Herder Camps, Middens, and Dwellings.

Counties Worked In: Carbon, Sweetwater, and Lincoln Counties, Wyoming.

 

Montgomery Archaeological Consultants. (Staff Archaeologist)

Employment Period: August 2008 – February 2009

Position: Project Archaeologist

Project(s): Cooper BI Consultants Well Pad Locations, Del Rio Resources Well Pad Locations, and Royal Well Pad Locations.

Synopsis of Duties: Conducted and participated in various prehistoric and historic cultural resource management projects throughout Northeastern Utah which involved surface surveys and site recording according to Bureau of Land Management, Forestry Service, and the state of Utah standards. Site mapping utilizing a Trimble GPS.

Cultural  Material  Encountered:  Prehistoric  Artifacts  [Ute,  Piute,  Freemont,  and  Uintah] included Lithics, Ground Stone, Hearths, Temporary Camps, and Rock Art. Historic Artifacts [Euro-American] included Mining Camps, Sheep-Herder Camps, Middens, Dwellings, and Rock Art.

Counties Worked In: Uinta, Duchesne, Carbon, and Emery Counties, Utah.

 

Great Lakes Archaeological Research Center. (Project Specific)

Employment Period: June 2008 – August 2008

Position: Archaeologist

Project(s): Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie Cultural Resource Inventory

Synopsis of Duties: Participated in a pedestrian survey / shovel-testing project at the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie in Illinois. Duties performed included transit shovel testing of 0.5m x 0.5m dia. holes, spaced 15 meters apart. A criterion for depth was 10cm below the A/B surface transition. Excavated soil was screened through 1/4 in field screen boxes. Additional duties included creation of site sketch plans, shovel test excavation forms, and site / artifact photography.

Cultural  Material  Encountered:  Prehistoric  Artifacts  [Dakota  Sioux]  included  Lithics  and

Ground Stone.

Counties Worked In: Will County, Illinois.

 

University of Colorado Denver. (Field School)

Employment Period: May 2006

Position: Crew Chief

Project(s): Archaeological Evidence Recognition at Chaco Canyon, New Mexico.

Synopsis of Duties: Conducted an archaeological field study at the New Mexico prehistoric community of Chaco Canyon. The project involved eighteen undergrad students, and encompassed surface survey, artifact identification / documentation, and site mapping. An in depth study of the architecture of the buildings provided insight into the Ancestral Puebloan cultural identity.

Cultural  Material  Encountered:  Prehistoric  Artifacts  [Ancestral  Puebloan]  included  Lithics, Ground Stone, Ceramics, Rock Art, and Dwellings.

Counties Worked In: San Juan and McKinley Counties, New Mexico.

 

Metropolitan State University. (Field School)

Employment Period: March 2005 – August 2005

Position: Crew Chief

Project(s): Plains Conservation Center Surface Survey and Semper-Allison House Excavation. Synopsis of Duties: Conducted archaeological investigation at a prehistoric site and historic site in Central Colorado, involving excavation, site/artifact recording, and cataloging of collected cultural  material.  Duties  included  equipment  management,  logistics,  excavation  team  and laboratory team supervision.

Cultural Material Encountered: Prehistoric Artifacts [Arapaho] included Lithics, Ground Stone, and Ceramics. Historic Artifacts [Euro-American] included Dwellings and Middens.

Counties Worked In: Arapahoe County, Colorado.

 

Arapahoe Community College. (Field School)

Employment Period: March 2004

Position: Crew Chief

Project(s): Introductory Investigation of the Cultural Material of Chaco Canyon, New Mexico.

Synopsis of Duties: Supervised a multidisciplinary field investigation of Chaco Canyon cultural material, uniting the anthropology, astronomy, and geology departments of Arapahoe Community College in a study of the human, natural, and celestial environments of the Chaco Canyon. The intent of the investigation was to expose students to a greater understanding of the interaction between the anthropological, astronomical, and geological systems of the Chacoan culture.

Cultural  Material  Encountered:  Prehistoric  Artifacts  [Ancestral  Puebloan]  included  Lithics, Ceramics, Ground Stone, Rock Art, and Dwellings.

Counties Worked In: San Juan and McKinley Counties, New Mexico.

 

South Park Archaeology Project. (Project Specific)

Employment Period: June 2003 – October 2003 & June 2004 – October 2004

Position: Archaeologist / Crew Chief

Project(s): South Park Archaeology Project.

Synopsis of Duties: Participated in the surface survey of the South Park Archaeology Project study area. The project was led by Ed Friedman, Lori Tigner, Tom Lincoln, and Susan Bender, and was a field survey to determine the occupation level of Paleo-Indian groups in the region. During the project I learnt the proper methods employed by archaeologists when conducting surface surveys, classification of isolated finds and sites, how to record in a field book, how to correctly utilize a GPS locating device, and how to record, store and document the artifacts through software.

Cultural  Material  Encountered:  Prehistoric  Artifacts  [Ute]  included  Lithics,  Ceramics,  and

Ground Stone.

Counties Worked In: Park County, Colorado.

 

Arapahoe Community College. (Field School)

Employment Period: March 2002

Position: Archaeologist

Project(s): Architecture Stylings of Chaco Canyon.

Synopsis of Duties: Participated in an archaeological study of the ruins of Chaco Canyon. The project was led by Frank Lee Earley and was an in depth study of the architecture of the structures. Time was spent learning the various construction techniques employed by the Ancestral Puebloans, as well as their cultural habits and what may have been the cause of their final destruction.

Cultural  Material  Encountered:  Prehistoric  Artifacts  [Ancestral  Puebloan]  included  Lithics, Ground Stone, Ceramics, Rock Art, and Dwellings.

Counties Worked In: San Juan and McKinley Counties, New Mexico.

 

Additional Training

 

Museum Experience:

 

2007, Colorado Historical Society.

During my tenure at the Colorado Historical Society, I had the opportunity to work in three different areas within the collections department. The first was the Material Culture department, the second being the Photography department, the third was the Collections Management department.

 

Material Culture

Employed as a collections lab assistant. My duties included assessing the Navajo Rug collection held by the Colorado Historical Society, along with rehousing Native American human remains for repatriation. In the Navajo Rug assessment, I was responsible for internet and book research into each rugs background, design, and value. Once I had gathered as much information as possible on the rug I then described the rug in detail, including all design features and the condition of the rug. A photograph of each rug as taken. Lastly, all the information was entered into the museums database (ARGUS) for storage and later retrieval. The second phase of this employment involved the rehousing of Native American human remains. This involved building acid-free cardboard caskets for the remains, wrapping each bone in acid-free muslin, placing and arranging the remains in the casket and sealing the casket for repatriation. The most memorable and valuable responsibility of this assignment was to write and produce a systematic tutorial on the proper methods used when handling human remains for repatriation.

 

Collections Management

Whilst working in the Collections Management department my responsibilities involved photographing the military uniform collection, write a descriptive analysis of each uniform, and enter the collected data into the museums database (ARGUS).

 

Photography

Employed  as  a  photo  lab  assistant.  My  duties  included  photographing  museum  collection artifacts, and data entry into the museum database (ARGUS). Another duty was to produce museum quality display graphics that would be viewed by the public. The cameras used were a Nikon D200 Digital and a Cambo monorail 4x5 film. I also was responsible for the enlargement of microfilm and black and white negative film. Other duties included scanning photographic images, book pages, and transparency slides using an Epson tabletop scanner.


Land Surveying:

 

1977-2002 (25 Years): Prior to my decision to change careers and pursue a Ph.D. in archaeology, I was involved in the field of land development. Working over a twenty-five year period as a CADD Manager / CADD tech for a variety of civil engineering and land surveying companies supplied me with a good base for a career in archaeology. My duties while employed in the land development field ranged from the assembly of construction documents, to research and drawing of plats, maps, and A.L.T.A documentation. I was also given the responsibility of writing legal descriptions and creating the supporting drawings. Regions of employment included Michigan, Colorado, California, and Ireland. Starting my career as a land development professional began in Michigan where employment with the Consumers Power Corporation allowed me to create power grid construction plans utilizing ink on Mylar technology. As this position progressed, I was selected to work on a top-secret government nuclear power plant project, which required a U.S. Government Q level clearance. Employment as a draftsman continued as I travelled to Colorado becoming employed by EMK Consultants where I worked on a variety of projects ranging from small one lot improvement plans to multi-mile roadway construction plans. This position provided my first experience in the field as at times I was used as a rodman for street, lot, and subdivision preconstruction / construction surveying. The conversion from hand drawn ink on Mylar to computer generated took place when I relocated to California. Employed by Brian Smith and Associates as a draftsman working with AutoCAD and Softdesk provided a new addition to my skill set producing new subdivision plats and construction plans. This new position eventually led into a career shift as I was promoted to CADD Manager. During my time as a CADD Manager I worked with AutoCAD and Softdesk to develop company wide CADD standards for small (>10 employees) to large (<200 employees) companies. Coordinating with survey departments was an integral function of the position, as downloading / uploading topographic, street design, parcel/lot design, and cut/fill geospatial points for construction set the base for further land development design. After the merger of AutoCAD and Softdesk into one company, the production of construction drawings became simplified as each module worked flawlessly together. Employed by AEC Construction in California provided new directions to the CADD Manager position as I soon found myself developing company specific drop down menus for AutoCAD and Softdesk, providing a more efficient computer work environment. A return to Colorado resulted in employment with Merrick and Company where my position in the survey department as CADD Manager provided an opportunity to again venture into the field, this time learning how to operate a Sokkia total station and SDR33 data collector. An urge to travel internationally took me to Ireland where employment with Ahern Civil Engineering Consultants provided opportunities in the office and in the field. Computer generated surveying, land development plans were an emerging technology in the Irish industry, and I found my years of developing skills with AutoCAD was highly prized. Not only was I responsible for in-house computer CADD department supervision, my responsibilities were extended to the field where surveying with a construction level was required. Projects included a redesign of storm sewer, sanitary sewer, and water lines for rural communities, additional construction plans involved realignments of roadway and expressway travel paths within rural and developed Ireland. A return to America during the last recession in 2000 saw me move from one company to another as land development and surveying companies went out of business throughout California and Colorado. This is when, after 25 years in the industry, I decided to switch careers and venture into Archaeology. During my B.A. degree at the University of Colorado, employment by the South  Park  Archaeology  Research  Consultancy  as  a  field  tech  allowed  me  to  bring  my knowledge of land surveying into the archaeology world. One of my responsibilities involved using GPS to record surface surveys and isolate finds, then downloading the geospatial data into a GIS I created for the project. After graduation, I ventured to Liverpool England to conduct my M.A. degree. Whilst there I took survey courses which involved using a Total Station and a Reflector less Total Station. Employment by the National Museum of England provided field experience utilizing an Electronic Distance Measurement device to conduct closed transits of a medieval slitting mill and a medieval cannon ball production plant.

 

VII. References

 

Justin Moe (Archaeology) Field Supervisor jmoe@louisberger.com

 

Matthew Swanson (Archaeology) Field Supervisor mattswanson79@gmail.com

 

Tim Graves (Archaeology) Field Supervisor tgraves@geo-marine.com

 

Stephen Snyder (Archaeology) Field Supervisor Paleoboy1@yahoo.com

 

Robert J. Austin (Archaeology)

Vice President / Principal Investigator bob@searchinc.com

352-333-0049

 

Matthew Betz (Archaeology) Field Supervisor matt@searchinc.com

352-333-0049

 

Kim Dugan (Archaeology) Field Supervisor

970-481-2854

 

Jay DiLorenzo, Director of Photographic Studio (Museum) Colorado Historical Society

jay.dilorenzo@chs.state.co.us





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