David J. Berteau Becomes Assistant Secretary of Defense for Logistics and Materiel Readiness,
Departs Goodwin Board of Directors

David BerteauOn December 16, 2014 the United States Senate confirmed David J. Berteau as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Logistics and Materiel Readiness. That appointment became effective on January 6, 2015, which also was the effective date of Mr. Berteau’s resignation from our Board.  In his letter, Mr. Berteau wrote “It has been an honor and a privilege to have been a member of the Board for nearly 15 years.”  He formerly served as Senior Vice President and Director of the National Security Program on Industry and Resources at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a position he held since 2013.  Previously at CSIS, he was Senior Vice President and Director of the International Security Program from 2011 to 2013, and he was Senior Adviser and Director of the Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group from 2008 to 2011.  In 2008, while at CSIS, Mr. Berteau was the Chair of the Resources Working Group for the Project on National Security Reform.  From 2003 to 2008, he served as a Director at Clark & Weinstock, and from 2001 to 2003 he directed the National Security Studies Program at Syracuse University.  From 1997 to 2001, Mr. Berteau was a Senior Vice President at SAIC, and from 1993 to 1997, he was the company’s Corporate Vice President of Business Development.  In 1993, he served as the Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Production and Logistics, and from 1992 to 1993 he was the Chairman for the Defense Conversion Commission.  From 1990 to 1993, he was the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Production & Logistics, and in 1989 he served as Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Force Management and Personnel.  Mr. Berteau was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Resource Management & Support from 1986 to 1989, and he served in several roles at the Department of Defense from 1981 to 1986.  Mr. Berteau received a B.A. from Tulane University and an M.P.A. from University of Texas at Austin. In 2013, Mr. Berteau received the Distinguished Public Service Award from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. He also served as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University and at the LBJ School at the University of Texas. Congratulations David! We are proud of your service to our Nation!


Louisiana Archaeologist of the Year

Archeologist of the Year AwardOn 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.

Archeology and Historic PreservationR. 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.







R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates, Inc. featured in Spring 2014 Energy and Mining Industry Magazine


Energy & Mining Magazine - Spring 2014


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


Protecting America's Heritage


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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.





Goodwin Staff In the News, In Print, and In the Public Forum


Goodwin Team Provides New Data on Climatic Change and Human Adaptation at the Pleistocene-Holocene Transition

CPevny - Climatic ChangeDr. Charlotte Pevny, Dr. Chris Goodwin and Dr. Bill Barse presented a poster on the results of excavations at five Late Paleoindian (Suwannee) and Early Archaic (Bolen) stratified archeological sites located in the Florida panhandle in the Paleoindians of the American Southeast poster session held at the Paleoamerican Odyssey Conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico. These sites share consistent features of stratigraphy and archeological context reflecting a landform subjected to the same climatically induced depositional processes at the close of the Pleistocene. Those processes encapsulated Paleoindian and Early Archaic sites along the edge of the Cody Scarp below variably thick packages of eolian sand deposits. Technological, microwear, and blood residue analyses were used to study approximately 27,000 lithic artifacts. The largest site, Site 8LE2105, functioned as a base camp. The four smaller sites (8LE2102, 8JE880/LE2909, 8JE872, and 8JE878) were utilized for hunting and resource extraction. These five sites offered an opportunity to explore patterns of settlement, subsistence, and technological change at the Pleistocene – Holocene transition.

As a result of these investigations, RCG&A obtained a new 14C date [11,273 cal BP (9870±38 14C)] on a Bolen component at Site 8LE2105, one of three Early Archaic Bolen sites radiometrically dated in Florida. Bolen is the first radiometrically dated cultural horizon post-Clovis in Florida. Blood residue analyses showed butchering of bear and bison at 8LE2105. The presence of end thinning flake removals on Bolen projectile point preforms (i.e., fluted preforms) showed technological continuity in biface reduction from Clovis to Suwannee to Bolen. Continuity in the trajectory of biface reduction from Clovis to Bolen disappeared from the archeological sequence when notched forms were replaced by stemmed forms in the Middle Archaic.





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Jill Adams Named to Millsaps College Sports Hall of Fame

Jill Adams, Historic Preservation Specialist in RCG&A’s New Orleans Office, has been named to the Millsaps College Sports Hall of Fame. A 2003 graduate, Jill was a four-year volleyball standout, a two-time All-Conference player, and academic honor roll recipient. She holds a top-10 standing in service aces, and aces per game. She served as Team Captain during her Junior and Senior years. Jill received her Masters in Preservation Studies from Tulane University in 2008, and she brings the same level of intensity and enthusiasm that garnered this award to her work in historic preservation. Congratulations Jill!








Martha Williams Receives Outstanding Professional Archeologist Award

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOur 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.





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

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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


A Companion to 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.












R. Christopher Goodwin  & Associates, Inc. Supports Local Elementary School STEM Night

STEM1Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) are a highlight of school curricula all over the United States. Thurmont Elementary School, in northern Frederick County, Maryland, recently hosted a STEM night, and R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates, Inc. (RCG&A) participated in the event teaching the students about archeology. Kathy and Colby Child, two project managers at RCG&A with a combined 50+ years of experience in archeology, also have years of experience providing exposure to archeology for Frederick County Public Schools and the Boy Scouts of America.

Students are given basic instruction on what archeology is and why it is important, including stratigraphy and the methodical excavation of soil by layers and artifacts. Either individually or in small groups, the students excavate using trowels, brushes and dust pans. As they recover artifacts, they sort them into groups based on the layer from which they were excavated.

STEM2The goals are to expose them to the fundamental practice of archeology and to provide the chance to interpret the material they recover. In the end, they need to explain the “story” of their “site” based on the artifacts recovered and the layers in which they were found. Some of the stories are very colorful, while others are highly plausible. The story told by the artifacts and familiarization with the archeological process sets the students up for lessons in their science or social studies classes. STEM also suggests future possibilities in high school, college and beyond. On occasion, RCG&A gets to rekindle these relationships when a former STEM student applies for an internship or employment.






New Publications:

Wiederhold, James E., and Charlotte Donald Pevny

2014 Fundamentals in Practice: A Holistic Approach to Microwear Analysis at the Gault and Debra L. Friedkin Sites, Texas. Journal of Archaeological Science 48:104-119.


Pevny, Charlotte D.

2014 Twin Bird Islands (16CD118): A Late Paleoindian—Early Archaic Site in Caddo Parish, Louisiana. Louisiana Archaeology 37:118-141.


Papers/Poster Presented:

Pevny, Charlotte D., R. Christopher Goodwin, and William P. Barse

2014 From Biscayne Bay to the Cody Scarp: The Early Archaic Bolen Horizon in Florida. Paper presented at the 71st Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Archaeological Conference, Greenville, South Carolina.


Pevny, Charlotte D., R. Christopher Goodwin, and William P. Barse

2014 Technological Organization at Site 8LE2105: Human Response to Late Pleistocene Environmental Change in Northern Florida. Paper presented at the 79st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Austin, Texas.


Pevny, Charlotte D., R. Christopher Goodwin, and William P. Barse

2013 Late Pleistocene – Early Holocene Human Adaptation in Northern Florida. Poster presented at the Paleoamerican Odyssey Conference, Santa Fe, New Mexico.






Dr. Dave D. Davis Named Senior Vice President of R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates, Inc.
New Orleans, Louisiana – January 13, 2014

Dave Davis 3x4Dr. 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-MontoyaDr. John Taylor-Montoya has been promoted to Senior Project Manager in the Southwest office in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He has over 13 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.



Kirsten PeelerKirsten 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 McLeanJanice McLean, M.A., has been promoted to Senior Project Manager. Ms. McLean has directed operations in our Plains office for the past seven 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, Iowa and Oklahoma, and wind energy projects in the southern Plains She also completed evaluations of cultural resources at Fort Riley, Kansas, including Camp Funston,  and Fort Sill, Oklahoma.