D. Craig Young, PhD

D. Craig Young
Email Craig Dr. Young is a Far Western Principal and serves as Director of cultural resources consulting and research at Far Western’s Great Basin Branch in Carson City, Nevada. He is listed as a Principal Investigator, statewide, for prehistory and history on Far Western’s Nevada Bureau of Land Management Cultural Use Permit (N-51992).

Craig works as a geoarchaeologist throughout the Great Basin and California. His research interests include environmental influences and geomorphological processes affecting archaeological site formation and, ultimately, people’s interaction with a changing landscape, and he has been awarded funding for geoarchaeological studies from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, the Department of the Interior, and the Lincoln County Archaeological Initiative. Craig is currently studying the timing and formation of paleo-deltas and the distribution of desert dust throughout the northern Great Basin. With his colleagues at Far Western, he is working to predict and map landforms where buried archaeological sites might be preserved to help clients in the planning process, before and during cultural resources investigations. He recently conducted geoarchaeological investigations for the Ruby Pipeline Project across the vast Northern Tier of Nevada.

While providing a foundation for his obligations as a Principal and Branch Director in Far Western’s management team, his 25 years of active research, open collaboration, and public outreach continue to build trust with resource managers and review agencies across the region.


Evaluation and Testing
Effects Mitigation
Sensivity and Constraints
Environmental Planning Support
GIS and Cartography
Public Outreach and Interpretation

Craig’s Featured Projects

Craig’s Featured Publications

Young, D. Craig


Points on a Continuum: Three Sites in a Middle Archaic Settlement System in the Western Great Basin. In Archaeology in the Great Basin and the Southwest: Papers in Honor of Don D Fowler, edited by Nancy J. Parezo and Joel C. Janetski, pp. 85-97. University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City.

Hockett, Bryan S., C. Cliff Creger, Beth Smith, D. Craig Young, James A. Carter, Eric Dillingham, Rachel Crews, and Evan Pellegrini


Large-Scale Trapping Features from the Great Basin, USA: The Significance of Leadership and Communal Gatherings in Ancient Foraging Societies. Quaternary International 297:64-78.

Byrd, Brian F., D. Craig Young, and Kelly R. McGuire


Pavement Quarries, Gypsum Period Residential Stability, and Trans-Holocene Settlement Systems of the Mojave Desert: A Case Study at Fort Irwin. Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology 29(2):121-143.

Craig’s Outreach Activities

  • Society of American Archaeology
  • Geological Society of America
  • Nevada Archaeological Association
  • Society of California Archaeology
  • Register of Professional Archaeologists

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