Louisiana Archaeologist of the Year

Louisiana Culture Awards 2014On April 22, 2014, Jay Dardenne, Lt. Governor of the state of Louisiana, and the Louisiana Office of Cultural Development (OCD) named R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates, Inc. “Archaeologist of the Year” at the annual Louisiana Culture Awards. The Louisiana Culture Awards recognize efforts to highlight and cultivate the rich cultural resources of Louisiana. R. Christopher Goodwin, Ph.D., President and CEO, accepted the award on behalf of the company.

The state recognized R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates, Inc. for their outstanding contribution to the archaeological understanding of Louisiana material culture through implementation of measures intended to partially fulfill the stipulations of a 2011 programmatic agreement to mitigate the effects of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). As a group, these mitigation measures represent one of the largest single-project contributions to Louisiana archeology. The project included both new work and the reexamination of old work, and comprehensive integration of both previous and current studies in a period not to exceed 24 months. Archeological treatment measures included: (1) analysis of eleven archeological collections that had never been previously examined or that were not analyzed using modern methods; (2) survey and evaluation of Fontainebleau State Park and New Orleans' City Park; and (3) research on 204 parks around the city of New Orleans and archeological survey of thirty parks. Additionally, the project required survey of seven National Register Historic Districts in New Orleans; scanning of up to 150,000 National Register and Standing Structure documents; and, the filling of a dedicated liaison between the Louisiana State Historic Preservation Office and FEMA to ensure timely preparation of digital deliverables. This project will result in written and digital media public outreach programs.

R. Christopher Goodwin.R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates, Inc. served as the archeological and historic preservation contractor for the larger Dewberry Team for implementation of the mitigation efforts. Dewberry is a leading professional services firm with a proven history of providing architecture, engineering, and management and consulting services to a wide variety of public- and private-sector clients. The Dewberry Team also included Vissering Pardue and Associates, now Vissering Consulting Group, Inc., a nationally recognized provider of technical consulting services to governmental and private clients in the areas of environmental and historic preservation compliance, hazard mitigation planning and programs, and disaster program support.

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Dr. Dave D. Davis Named Senior Vice President of R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates, Inc. 

New Orleans, Louisiana - January 13, 2014

Dr. R. Christopher Goodwin, President and CEO of R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates, Inc. announced today that Dave D. Davis, Ph.D. has joined the firm as Senior Vice President.  A member of the company’s Board of Directors for fifteen years, Dr. Davis brings to the position a broad background in research administration, management, and organizational development.  Since earning the Ph.D. from Yale University, Dr. Davis has directed archaeological investigations in various parts of the eastern United States, the Caribbean islands, Guatemala, and East Africa. Dr. Davis has served in senior management positions at three universities as a Dean, Director of Institutional Research, Provost and Chief Academic Officer.  Davis also was the founding Director of Tulane University’s Center for Archaeology and served for several years as Chair of Tulane’s Anthropology Department and Director of its Graduate Program.  He is the author of numerous scholarly articles and the editor of two books including Perspectives on Gulf Coast Prehistory, which remains a standard reference work on the archeology of the Gulf Coast region.  His scholarly articles have appeared in top journals including Science, American Antiquity, and the Journal of Anthropological Method and Theory. His research has earned support from the National Science Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Exxon Educational Foundation. 

Dr. Davis also has served as a collaborating scientist and as Co-Principal Investigator on over 30 projects for R. Christopher Goodwin& Associates, Inc., contributing to numerous technical reports for clients in the energy and federal sectors.  According to Dr. Goodwin, “Dr. Davis’ appointment as Senior Vice President is a natural outgrowth of his long and productive association with our firm.  We are delighted that he has agreed to join our senior management team as we position the company for an even more vibrant future.”

John Taylor-Montoya

Dr. John Taylor-Montoya has joined R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates, Inc. as a Project Manager in the Southwest office in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He has over 12 years of archeological field experience in the Great Plains, Rocky Mountains, and Southwest, and he has worked extensively in all phases of investigation within both the cultural resources management and academic spheres. A native of New Mexico, Dr. Taylor-Montoya was conferred the Ph.D. in Anthropology from Southern Methodist University, the M.A. in Anthropology from The University of Oklahoma, and the B.S. in Anthropology from The University of New Mexico. His dissertation research entailed a diachronic analysis of over 2,000 Paleo-Indian artifacts from more than 300 sites and isolated occurrences in the Southern Plains region. Dr. Taylor-Montoya has extensive experience in archeological survey, excavation, and analysis at sites in a wide range of settings, including rockshelters, Puebloan villages, high-altitude open air sites, dune fields, bison bonebeds, and lithic workshops.
Before joining R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates, Inc., Dr. Taylor-Montoya worked in university development at The University of Texas at Brownsville. He was involved with identifying and securing funding for special projects, planning organizational growth, establishing and cultivating relationships with external stakeholders, and coordinating cross-disciplinary teams of staff and faculty for special projects. In that role, he gained extensive experience in customer relations management.


Kirsten Peeler, M.S., has been promoted to Senior Project Manager in the Architectural & Historical Services Division. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, Ms. Peeler received an M.S. in Historic Preservation from Columbia University in 1996. She has served as a project manager at R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates, Inc. for the past 11 years. Ms. Peeler has directed projects for public and private-sector clients ranging from architectural surveys and resource evaluations, to cultural resource planning documents, to public outreach programs. Noteworthy among her recently completed projects are the development of an interactive website for Fort Belvoir, Virginia, on the history and development of the new Community Hospital site and the development of an historic context and comprehensive architectural survey of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. 


Janice McLean, M.A., has been promoted to Senior Project Manager. Ms. McLean has directed operations in our Plains office for the past six-and-one-half years. A recipient of the B.A. and M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Kansas, Ms. McLean recently has directed cultural resource surveys and evaluations for pipeline projects in North Dakota and Oklahoma. She also completed evaluations for various cultural resources at Fort Riley, Kansas, including Camp Funston and 12 archeological sites.


R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates, Inc. featured in Professional Surveyor Magazine for work at White Sands, New Mexico and in Lake Pontchartrain

Link: Protecting America's Heritage Article in Professional Surveyor Magazine


Click here to see the full "April 2011 Volume 31 Issue 4" at Professional Surveyor Magazine's website



Martha Williams Receives Outstanding Professional Archeologist Award


Our own Martha Williams, M.A., M.Ed., who joined the Goodwin team in September 1989, received another prestigious award on October 25, 2011, when Martha was named Outstanding Professional Archeologist by the City of Alexandria, Virginia.  In addition to a trophy showing a stratified archeological deposit, the award reads:


WHEREAS, a 2011 Brenman Award for Outstanding Professional Archeologist is presented to Martha Williams in recognition of her nearly 40 years of outstanding teaching, historic research, and archeological investigations in and near Alexandria, for her excellence in completing numerous investigations and reports in her career as archeologist with R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates, Inc., for writing several superb histories of Alexandria and Fairfax County, and, while most places about which she has written are now redeveloped, for her archeological work and written materials that allow past incarnations to live on for the community.


The Award was presented by William D. Euille, Mayor, on behalf of the City. 


Martha also has been named Professional Archeologist of the Year by the Archeological Society of Virginia, and she received the Award of Merit from the Society for Historical Archeology (SHA) for her efforts in the field of public education in archeology and for bringing the concept of public education into the SHA.





Dr. Goodwin Co-authors Article on Wind Energy and Transmission System Development on the Continental Shelf


In the Fall issue of North American Wind Power, Dr. Goodwin co-authored an article on permitting and development challenges for subsea cabling and backbone transmission lines that will connect wind-turbine generated power to onshore grids. The article was co-authored with Daron Threet, Esq., an energy attorney and partner with the prestigious firm Holland & Knight in Washington, D.C. The article reviews the regulatory framework for the development of offshore cable arrays, issues pertaining to marine archeological survey requirements, the need for active consultation with regulatory agencies and other stakeholders, and the need for careful project planning and site evaluation. Click here to see the full article.




Clovis Lithic Technology Co-authored by Charlotte Pevny Released by Texas A&M Press



A new book on Clovis lithic technology, co-authored by Dr. Charlotte Pevny, Project Manager and Director of the Lithic Useware Program at R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates, Inc., with Drs. Michael R. Waters and David L. Carlson, has been published by Texas A&M Press. The book, entitled Clovis Lithic Technology, is available at It presents the results of a decade of research on Clovis artifacts recovered from a portion of the Gault site known as Excavation Area 8. The Gault site is one of the most important Clovis sites in North America. This quarry-campsite contains more Clovis artifacts than any other 13,000-year old site west of the Mississippi River; these artifacts occur in primary contexts within undisturbed late Quaternary deposits. Dr. Pevny’s dissertation at Texas A&M focused on Clovis lithic technology and tool use, specifically on understanding the intricacies of Clovis blade and biface manufacture and the byproducts of these reduction trajectories. She examined the extensive debitage assemblage recovered from the workshop at Excavation Area 8, conducted a usewear analysis of the expedient tools, and performed experimental studies to determine how flakes were used expediently by Clovis hunter-gatherers. The book jacket states:

Some 13,000 years ago, humans were drawn repeatedly to a small valley in what is now Central Texas, near the banks of Buttermilk Creek. These early hunter-gatherers camped, collected stone, and shaped it into a variety of tools they needed to hunt game, process food, and subsist in the Texas wilderness. Their toolkit included bifaces, blades, and deadly spear points. Where they worked, they left thousands of pieces of debris, which have allowed archaeologists to reconstruct their methods of tool production. Along with the faunal material that was also discarded in their prehistoric campsite, these stone, or lithic, artifacts afford a glimpse of human life at the end of the last ice age during an era referred to as Clovis. The area where these people roamed and camped, called the Gault site, is one of the most important Clovis sites in North America. 

Dr. Pevny heads the lithic usewear program at R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates, Inc. and currently is working on a study of five Paleoindian and Early Archaic sites in Florida. Congratulations, Charlotte, Mike, and David!




Kathryn M.  "Kate" Kuranda, Senior Vice President for Architectural & Historical Services, Authors Lead Article in Wiley-Blackwell Book on Cultural Resource Management





Kate Kuranda, Senior Vice President for Architectural & Historical Services at R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates, Inc., is the author of Chapter 1 of the new book A Companion to Cultural Resource Management (Wiley-Blackwell 2011), edited by Thomas F. King. Kate's chapter, entitled "Studying and Evaluating the Built Environment," examines the process of assessing the built environment from an expert architectural historian's point of view. The chapter encourages "thoughtful and responsible professional practice," and provides a framework for documenting and evaluating architectural properties. This chapter should be a "must read" for architectural historians in training, for students, and for those seeking to understand the rationale for and the structure of proper cultural resource practice in the built environment. The book, which also offers important perspectives on archeological sites, cultural landscapes, shipwrecks, and other classes of cultural resources, can be ordered online by clicking the link below.           








Rock Camp 2011


During the summer, Dr. Charlotte Pevny and Brian Ostahowski, M.A. of R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates, Inc. directed a paid internship program for students and recent graduates interested in lithic analyses at our New Orleans laboratories. Over a dozen interns learned how to analyze lithic tools and debitage and to conduct refit analysis. Interns participated in various experiments designed to replicate thermal alteration of lithic raw materials using our industrial kiln and practiced flint knapping, a key component to understanding lithic reduction. Interns were selected from a number of universities with programs that have a focus on lithic technology in their anthropology/archeology departments. In addition to Dr. Pevny, the co-director of "Rock Camp" was Brian Ostahowski. Brian joined the Goodwin team in May of this year as a Lithic Analyst and Assistant Project Manager after receiving his M.A. from the University of Wyoming under Drs. Robert Kelly (his commitee chair) and Todd Surovell. Brian's thesis focused on hunter-gatherer mobility in the Big Horn Basin, and specifically on lithic debitage analysis and implications for prehistoric mobility strategies. In addition to lithic technology and hunter-gatherer societies, Brian really likes quarries. Graduate students at Rock Camp included Jennifer Gandy (Texas State), Haley Holt (Tulane), Harlan McCaffery (Eastern New Mexico), and Angelique Theriot (University of New Orleans). Undergraduates and recent baccalaureates included Lauren Chapman (Colorado), Laura Dicks (LSU), Hillary Innes (Colorado), William Johnson (Millsaps), Kate Kay (Millsaps), Kyle Langley (Colorado), and Melanie Wing (LSU). Thanks to all for a job well done!