D. Craig Young, PhD

D. Craig Young
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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. Living and working in Nevada for over 30 years, Craig has been instrumental in assisting private industry and government agencies successfully navigate the regulatory process for projects across renewable energy, transportation, communications, and natural resources sectors. His direct engagement in active research, open collaboration, and public outreach provides a foundation for creative project management and continues to build trust with resource managers and review agencies across the region. 

In addition to guiding and collaborating with the skilled Far Western team, Craig is an active scientist working daily in western North America. 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. With his colleagues at Far Western, he applies this research to efficiently evaluate archaeological resources and better understand landforms where buried archaeological sites might be preserved and—all with the goal of navigating the project planning and implementation process. 

Craig is also an avid photographer, musician, and trail runner.   




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

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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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