Terrestrial Archaeology – Overview

R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates, Inc. provides the full range of archaeological services including all phases of terrestrial archaeological study from pre-construction consultation and due diligence to survey, evaluation, mitigative data recovery, and the development of interpretive materials and displays that showcase contributions our clients have made towards promoting and preserving our nation’s heritage. Our staff archaeologists are well versed in federal, state, and local legislation pertaining to cultural resources management and have received advanced training in federal preservation law, in the regulatory environment, and in National Historic Preservation Act and National Environmental Policy Act compliance. All of our project management staff meet or exceed the professional qualifications standards established by the Secretary of the Interior (36 CFR 61). We also have extensive experience across the nation preparing Integrated Cultural Resources Management Plans (ICRMPs) for federal facilities, whose role as stewards of historic properties was established at law and in regulation.

Our corporate expertise in terrestrial archaeology spans all periods of the prehistoric and historic past and includes studies conducted throughout the United States and in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Our full-time staff of over 100 professional archaeologists have specializations in prehistoric, historic, urban, industrial, and nautical archaeology and have sub-specialty expertise in all aspects of material culture, geoarchaeology and geomorphology, zooarchaeology, bioarchaeology, and conservation and collections management. They are supported by in-house historians, architectural historians, preservation specialists, geophysical remote-sensing specialists, and an unparalleled staff of graphics, GIS professionals, editors, and report production experts. Archaeologists from the Goodwin team currently are on the ground in areas as diverse as the Bakken Shale in North Dakota, the Plains of Kansas, the Everlasting Hills of Oklahoma, the Chihuahuan Desert of New Mexico, the Upper Midwest, the Ohio Valley, the Mid Atlantic, the Gulf Coast, East and West Texas, the Carolinas, Pennsylvania, and Puerto Rico.