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Statement of Qualifications

A thorough consideration of cultural resources is integral to the broader goals of the environmental review and compliance process. Since 1979, Far Western has worked in partnership with private industry, government agencies, tribal governments, and non-profit organizations to achieve these goals, and we are recognized as one of the leading cultural resources consulting firms in the United States. 

Our ownership team consists of seven archaeologists and a GIS SpecialistKelly McGuire, M.A. Jeffrey Rosenthal, M.A.D. Craig Young, Ph.D.Jerome King, M.APaul Brandy, M.S., Daron Duke, Ph.D., Adrian Whitaker, Ph.D.and Barb Siskin, M.A. These dedicated leaders have between 17 and 41 years of professional experience and actively participate in technical studies and research; each partner plays an integral in managing the company. 

The key to our ability to provide consistent, high-quality service begins and ends with the 80 employees comprising the permanent staff of Far Western. This includes 36 Ph.D.- and M.A.-level archaeologists, most of whom have been with the company for more than five years. The Far Western Headquarters in Davis, California, houses a state-of-the-art archaeological research facility complete with artifact processing and analytical laboratories; graphics, GIS, and production departments; research library; and secure artifact curation space. Regional offices include our Bay Area Branch in Sausalito, California, our Desert Branch in Henderson, Nevada, and our Great Basin Branch in Carson City Nevada. Each regional branch is integrated with our headquarters in Davis but maintains management, staff, and logistical operations to meet the needs of clients in local areas. 

Clients

Our team, along with our industry and government partners, has successfully completed some of the largest and most demanding cultural resources programs in the highly regulated energy, water resources, mining, military facilities, urban development, and transportation sectors.

Our clients benefit from both cutting-edge technology and advanced archaeological science.

  • Energy
  • Water Resources
  • Mining
  • Military Facilities
  • Transportation
  • Land and Resources Management
  • Private Development

Energy

Without a doubt, the most challenging cultural resources studies and regulatory environment are associated with the development of massive geothermal, gas-pipeline, and electrical-transmission-line projects. Add to this the burgeoning effort directed at solar- and wind-power generation. Over the last 25 years, Far Western has served as principal technical consultant for some of the largest energy projects in California, Nevada, and the Pacific Northwest. We have conducted test evaluations and data recovery excavations at archaeological sites along over 1,000 miles of gas pipeline and electric transmission line corridors. These studies not only allowed our clients to proceed with licensing and construction in a timely and cost-effective manner, but have also resulted in comprehensive research reports that have proved lasting contributions to regional prehistory and history.

Clients Include

  • Pacific Gas and Electric Company
  • Pacific Gas Transmission
  • El Paso Natural Gas
  • California Energy Corporation
  • Nevada Energy
  • Tuscarora Gas Transmission Company
  • Mojave Pipeline Company
  • Water Resources

Far Western is actively involved in a diverse range of water resource projects dealing with issues such as dam and reservoir maintenance and expansion, water conveyance, levee stabilization and rehabilitation, hydroelectric project re-licensing, and river restoration. These studies include overviews, management plans, feasibility studies, alternatives analysis, geoarchaeological assessments, and a variety of field investigations. Clients include federal agencies such as the Bureau of Reclamation and the Army Corps of Engineers, along with state, regional, and local agencies that deal with water resource issues.

Mining

From exploration through development phases, mining ventures strive to comply with the regulatory environment of federal and state cultural resources policies. Far Western assists mining programs in all phases of development by understanding the time and cost constraints of early exploration and by being prepared to match the needs of large scale undertakings. We have experience throughout the state of Nevada, having successfully completed inventory and mitigation efforts, as well as EIS/EIR documents, for expansive hard-rock facilities, saleable sites, and numerous drilling/exploration projects.

Military Facilities

Far Western has long-standing partnerships at some of the largest and most active military bases in the country, including the National Training Center at Fort Irwin—the US Army’s primary training facility for mechanized warfare—the Naval Air Weapons Stations at China Lake and Fallon, and the Utah Test and Training Range, Hill Air Force Base. Cultural resources programs conducted in these environments are demanding, to say the least, and involve hands-on experience with military range control and “live-fire” schedules, ordnance safety, and facility security protocols.

Transportation

Along with providing consultant services to a variety of city and county transportation authorities, Far Western has successfully completed 18 multi-year State- and District-wide “on-call” cultural resources procurements for the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). Through our multiple Transportation Enhancement Act (TEA) procurements, we transformed the Caltrans paper site record files into a state-of the-art GIS database. Our outstanding track record in transportation studies for Caltrans is reflected in Far Western’s 2007 Governor’s Historic Preservation Award.

Land and Resources Management

Far Western has conducted archaeological studies for a variety of federal and state land and resource management agencies, such as the Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service, Bureau of Reclamation, National Park Service, and the California Department of Natural Resources. Many of these studies are conducted as part of the environmental review process associated with timber sales, fire rehabilitation, land exchanges, trail and recreational development, stream and habitat restoration, and road construction. These same organizations are often the lead agencies for larger-scale private and public development projects. This provided Far Western with a working knowledge of agency-specific guidelines and management procedures, as well as a thorough grounding in state and federal historic preservation statutes.

SPECIAL SERVICES

Geoarchaeology

Far Western has assembled an outstanding team of geoarchaeologists who play an integral role in nearly every one of our projects. Our award-winning team has been recognized for their innovative studies by the Society for California Archaeology and the California Preservation Foundation. These studies include assessments of sensitivity for buried landforms and archaeological resources not easily identified by other means. Such assessments help our clients avoid costly delays that can arise when unanticipated discoveries are made during project construction.

GIS – Geographic Information Systems

Far Western has taken the lead in the analysis and integration of GIS data and applications in a cultural resources context for state and federal agencies that are concerned with proactive cultural resources management. GIS-based data management tools allow Far Western to map and understand the distribution of archaeological resources on the landscape, identify conflicts with current and proposed land-use activities, locate data gaps for future research direction, and create searchable databases for state clearinghouses and other agencies. Our GIS team also works side-by-side with our geoarchaeologists to construct sensitivity models and maps for buried resources.

Public Education and Interpretation

Our creative professionals and researchers collaborate to produce outstanding educational and interpretive products, including the following:

  • Museum-quality exhibits and installations.
  • Exterior educational signs and wayside exhibits.
  • Educational pamphlets and booklets.
  • Broadcast-quality educational films and web spots.
  • Educational website articles.
  • Training and reference materials for agency and construction personnel.

There is a growing realization that the results of cultural resources studies should be available to the public. Far Western has long been at the forefront of this movement. Art Director Tammara Ekness Norton, who has been with Far Western for more than 25 years, heads our design team. Ms. Norton has designed numerous web articles for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CALFIRE), the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), and California State Parks. She also has designed and overseen fabrication and installation of museum-quality exhibits for the military, California State Parks, the University of California, and Caltrans, and has worked in tandem with Far Western researchers and Native American consultants to produce numerous public education documents.

MAIN OFFICE

2727 Del Rio Place
Davis, CA 95618

Phone: 530-756-3941

Far Western’s main office is in Davis, California, situated in the Central Valley midway between the Bay Area and the Sierra. In 2002, we moved into our current building that was designed specifically for archaeological research and analysis. This state-of-the-art facility includes:

  • Large research laboratory and secure curation space.
  • Comprehensive library of California and Great Basin anthropological reports, manuscripts, maps, and other reference material.
  • Complete computer graphics and GIS/mapping center.
  • Large inventory of vehicles, equipment, and field supplies.
  • Fully networked computer system with more than 50 work stations.

Far Western’s senior management team is located at the main office, supervising the company’s major research, financial, and administrative operations. Davis also serves as our central hub for graphic design and report production, GIS, laboratory analysis, and quality control. Our regional offices are linked to Davis through a virtual private network, with real-time access to shared data files and other resources.

The main office is close to the University of California, Davis, the alma mater of several of our principals and employees, and we take full advantage of its resources (i.e., libraries, students, activities). We have been in Davis for more than 30 years and fit in well with the small, university-town culture.

DESERT BRANCH

1180 Center Point Drive, Suite 100
Henderson, NV 89074

Phone: 702-982-3691

Located in Henderson, Nevada, the Desert Branch oversees Far Western’s operations in southern Nevada, southern California, Utah and Arizona. Daron Duke, Ph.D., serves as the Branch Director alongside a staff that includes seven full-time archaeologists. This staff specializes in cultural resources management throughout the Desert West.

Our primary expertise is in the Great Basin and Mojave deserts of southern Nevada, western Utah, and California, where we carry in-depth understanding of the archaeological record and best cultural resources management practices. Clients benefit from our long-standing relationships with federal agency personnel and record of excellence with large-scale compliance projects, including inventory and effects mitigation.

Closely integrated with the Davis Headquarters, the Desert Branch serves as a regional, full-service, administrative, and operational arm of Far Western. Our capabilities include comprehensive laboratory analysis and curatorial processing, GIS, and both print and electronic forms of public outreach.

GREAT BASIN BRANCH

3656 Research Way, Suite 32
Carson City, NV 89706

Phone: 775-847-0223

Far Western’s Great Basin Branch is located in Carson City, Nevada. This branch office provides cultural resources services and research across the northern Great Basin region of Nevada, California, Oregon, Idaho, and Utah. Under the direction of D. Craig Young, Ph.D., a Far Western Principal, the Great Basin staff includes 10 full-time cultural resources specialists and archaeologists who provide an in-depth understanding of the archaeological record and of management challenges particular to Nevada and the Great Basin.

The office serves as a regional, full-service administrative and operational arm of Far Western, but is fully integrated with personnel and facilities at company headquarters and other branch offices. The Great Basin Branch is conveniently situated near BLM State and District offices, the NV SHPO and archives, and retains close ties to the University of Nevada, Reno.

BAY AREA BRANCH

200 Gate 5 Road, Suite 102
Sausalito, CA 94965

Phone: 415-413-1450

The Bay Area Branch, located in Sausalito, California, is the newest addition to Far Western.  Opened in 2018, this branch works in tandem with our main office including comprehensive laboratory analysis and curatorial processing, GIS, and print and digital media for public outreach. Barb Siskin is the resident Principal in Sausalito with more than twenty-four years’ experience in archaeology and cultural resource management in California and Nevada

 

Far Western Occasional Speaker Series

Far Western Speaker Series

The Far Western Speaker Series provides a forum where scholars can present their research, and discuss their ideas. Speakers and audience members are diverse, and include some of the top academics in the country, graduate students engaged in cutting-edge research, and archaeologists from the contracting world. Lectures are held at the Far Western Lab at 2727 Del Rio Place, Davis, CA 95618 from 5-7pm.

Selected Occasional Speaker Citations
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Due to Covid-19, the Far Western Speaker Series has been canceled indefinitely. 

Tammara Norton

2020

Film: A Point in Time. Far Western Anthropological Research Group, Inc., Davis, California. January 2020.

 

Kevin Smith and Martijn Kuypers

2019

An Experimental Approach and Cautionary Note Regarding Manufacturing Strategies, Efficiency, and Lithic Use Wear Associated with Tule Canoe Production. Far Western Anthropological Research Group, Inc., Davis, California. June 2019.

Kate Magargal

2019

Wood fuel ecology in the Intermountain West. Far Western Anthropological Research Group, Inc., Davis, California. May 2019.

Todd Braje

2019

Confronting the Clovis-First Void: The Peopling of the Americas and Paleolandscapes of Submerged California. Far Western Anthropological Research Group, Inc., Davis, California. February 2019.

Chris Parker

2019

The Archaeological Consequences of Human Fire Use: Analyses, Interpretations, and Implications for Understanding the Evolution of Pyrotechnic Behaviors. Far Western Anthropological Research Group, Inc., Davis, California. January 2019.

 

November 14, 2018 – Thomas Whitley SSU

Carly Whelan

2018

An Acorn in the Hand is Worth Two in the Granary: Future Discounting and Food Storage in Prehistoric California. Far Western Anthropological Research Group, Inc., Davis, California. May 2018.

Randy Haas

2018

The Last Altiplano Foragers: Archaeology, Ethnoarchaeology, and Economics at 7000BP and 3800masl. Far Western Anthropological Research Group, Inc., Davis, California. March 2018.

Albert Gonzalez

2018

Excavating Latinidad: Archaeologies of Latinxs in the United States. Far Western Anthropological Research Group, Inc., Davis, California. February 2018.

Daron Duke

2018

The Paleoindian Archaeology of the Old River Bed Delta. Far Western Anthropological Research Group, Inc., Davis, California. January 2018.

 

Jack Meyer

2017

The Deep Archaeological Record of San Francisco Bay. Far Western Anthropological Research Group, Inc., Davis, California. November 2017.

Hadick, Kacey

2017

Innovations in Reality Capture Technologies for Heritage Sites + Virtual Reality Demonstration. Far Western Anthropological Research Group, Inc., Davis, California. October 2017.

Greenwald, Alexandra M.

2017

Parental Investment Strategies and Women’s Foraging Efficiency in Central California.Far Western Anthropological Research Group, Inc., Davis, California. June 2017.

Jazwa, Christopher S.

2017

Settlement, Seasonality, and Climate on Santa Rosa Island, California. Far Western Anthropological Research Group, Inc., Davis, California. April 2017.

McGuire, Kelly

2017

The Potential Role of Geophytes, Digging Sticks, and Formed Flake Tools in the Western North American Paleoarchaic Expansion. Far Western Anthropological Research Group, Inc., Davis, California. February 2017.

Younie, Angela M.

2016

Two Early Sites in Alaska: a Dramatic Tale of Legacy Collections, Lithic Technology, and Community Perspectives in the Research of the First Americans. Far Western Anthropological Research Group, Inc., Davis, California. December 7, 2016.

Sullivan, Alan P.

2016

Fire Farming and Food Security in the Prehistoric Upland Southwest: Some Implications of New Evidence from the Grand Canyon Area. Far Western Anthropological Research Group, Inc., Davis, California. October 19, 2016.

Wisely, Justin

2016

Starch Grain Analysis of Bedrock Mortars in the Sierra Nevada Mountains: Experimental Studies to Determine their Function. Far Western Anthropological Research Group, Inc., Davis, California. September 21, 2016.

Martindale Johnson, Lucas

2016

Following the Movement of Stone: A Study of Ancient Maya Obsidian from Caracol, Belize. Far Western Anthropological Research Group, Inc., Davis, California. May 25, 2016.

Byerly, Ryan

2016

Toolstone Source Characterization in the Olduvai Basin, Tanzania. Far Western Anthropological Research Group, Inc., Davis, California. April 20, 2016.

Lambert, John M.

2016

Paleoindian Colonization of the Recently Deglaciated Great Lakes: Mobility and Technological Organization in Northern Wisconsin. Far Western Anthropological Research Group, Inc., Davis, California. March 30, 2016.

Higgins, Courtney

2016

Diving into Digital Data: A Look at 3-Dimensional Modeling Applications in Underwater Archaeology. Far Western Anthropological Research Group, Inc., Davis, California. February 24, 2016.

Hampson, Jamie

2015

Rock Art and Contested Identity. Far Western Anthropological Research Group, Inc., Davis, California. November 4, 2015.

Zwyns, Nicolas

2015

The Upper Paleolithic of Eurasian Steppe Belt: A View from Northern Mongolia. Far Western Anthropological Research Group, Inc., Davis, California. October 21, 2015.

Warnash, Scott

2015

Archaeology of the World Trade Center: Lessons Learned from Two Very Different Recovery Approaches. Far Western Anthropological Research Group, Inc., Davis, California. September 24, 2015.

Lenzi, Mike

2015

The Utility of Experimental Archaeology for Addressing Research Questions: A Case Study of Crescents from the Western United States. Far Western Anthropological Research Group, Inc., Davis, California. September 10, 2015.

Murphy, Laura R.

2015

Geoarchaology, Paleoenvironments, and Hunter-Gatherer Landscape Interactions: Case Studies from the Great Plains, USA. Far Western Anthropological Research Group, Inc., Davis, California. June 10, 2015.

Munson, Jessica

2015

Cultural Variation in Classic Maya Royal Rituals: A Lexical Perspective. Far Western Anthropological Research Group, Inc., Davis, California. April 29, 2015.

Scholnick, Jonathan B.

2015

Stylistic Patterns and Culture Change: Revisiting Eighteenth-century New England Gravestones. Far Western Anthropological Research Group, Inc., Davis, California. March 25, 2015.

Wohlgemuth, Eric

2015

Limits to the Central California Acorn Economy: Fine-grained Floral Findings from the Lower Sacramento Valley. Far Western Anthropological Research Group, Inc., Davis, California. February 25, 2015.

O’Connell, James F.

2015

Where Shall We Have Lunch? The First Colonization of Australia 48,000 Years Ago. Far Western Anthropological Research Group, Inc., Davis, California. January 22, 2015.

Smith, Kevin N.

2014

San Nicolas Island Fishhook Production. Far Western Anthropological Research Group, Inc., Davis, California. December 3, 2014.

Tremayne, Andrew H.

2014

The Origin and Development of Maritime Adaptations in Northern Alaska: An Ecological Perspective. Far Western Anthropological Research Group, Inc., Davis, California. November 19, 2014.

Whelan, Carly S.

2014

Hunter-Gatherer Storage and Settlement: A View from the Central Sierra Nevada. Far Western Anthropological Research Group, Inc., Davis, California. May 21, 2014.

Lightfoot, Kent

2014

The Anthropocene in California: An Eco-Archaeological Perspective. Far Western Anthropological Research Group, Inc., Davis, California. February 20, 2014.

Smith, Chelsea M.

2014

Stable Isotope Analysis to Reconstruct Dog and Fox Diet on San Nicolas Island. Far Western Anthropological Research Group, Inc., Davis, California. January 22, 2014.

Woodfill, Brent

2013

Community Engagement and Industrial Archaeology at a Classic-Period Maya City in Guatemala. Far Western Anthropological Research Group, Inc., Davis, California. December 3, 2013.

Ugan, Andrew, and Jeff Rosenthal

2013

Planorbids, People, and Paleolakes: Freshwater Molluscs and their Implications for Late Pleistocene and Early Holocene Human Occupation of China Lake Basin, Western Mojave Desert. Far Western Anthropological Research Group, Inc., Davis, California. November 13, 2013.

Rich, Michelle

2013

El Perú-Waka’, Guatemala: Archaeological Research in a Classic Maya Kingdom. Far Western Anthropological Research Group, Inc., Davis, California. September 26, 2013.

Sandos, James A., and Patricia B. Sandos

2013

Mapping Social and Cultural Change at a California Mission: San Jose, 1797-1840. Far Western Anthropological Research Group, Inc., Davis, California. August 22, 2013.

Eerkins, Jelmer

2013

Why Fishing and Hunting Matter: Health and Diet in Prehistoric Central California. Far Western Anthropological Research Group, Inc., Davis, California. May 15, 2013.

Barker, Pat

2013

Animal Imagery in European Ice Age Cave Art. Far Western Anthropological Research Group, Inc., Davis, California. March 20, 2013.

Costello, Julia

2013

Summer in Tyre, Southern Lebanon. Far Western Anthropological Research Group, Inc., Davis, California. February 27, 2013.

Bartelink, Eric

2012

Forensic Anthropology: Past, Present, and Future. Far Western Anthropological Research Group, Inc., Davis, California. December 5, 2012.

Bettinger, Robert

2012

Hunter-Gatherer Origins of Millet Agriculture in China. Far Western Anthropological Research Group, Inc., Davis, California. November 13, 2012.

Bartelink, Eric

2012

Interpersonal Violence in the Prehistoric San Francisco Bay Area. Far Western Anthropological Research Group, Inc., Davis, California. June 6, 2012.

Stevens, Nathan

2012

Technological Plasticity and Cultural Evolution Along the Central Coast in California. Far Western Anthropological Research Group, Inc., Davis, California. May 29, 2012.

Darwent, John

2012

Beach Ridge Archaeology on Cape Espenberg, Alaska. Far Western Anthropological Research Group, Inc., Davis, California. May 16, 2012.

Garvey, Raven

2012

Saying Uncle to Mother Nature: The Middle Holocene in Andean Argentina and Other Arid Regions. Far Western Anthropological Research Group, Inc., Davis, California. April 11, 2012.

Zeanah, David

2012

Diesel and Damper: Disintensification among the Martu of Western Australia. Far Western Anthropological Research Group, Inc., Davis, California. March 20, 2012.

Yengoyan, Aram A.

2012

World’s Fairs and Exhibitionary Complex: Civilization and Culture (1851-1940). Far Western Anthropological Research Group, Inc., Davis, California. February 15, 2012.

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Publications

Far Western has a high level of professional commitment to scientific research and outreach, and consistently, and successfully, contributes articles to a wide variety of regional, national, and international journals:

By contributing to research topics in archaeology, we also keep up-to-date on all recent studies, allowing us to easily incorporate relevant, project-specific research issues and discussions into our reports.
Far Western personnel have also authored several books and contributed to refereed volumes. Of particular relevance are our contributions to Jones and Klar’s seminal California Prehistory: Colonization, Culture, and Complexity, where there are seven contributing Far Western authors.

Another important commitment is Far Western’s participation in archaeological conferences. We also commit to submitting our papers in subsequent conference proceedings.

In addition, Adie Whitaker is currently serving as editor of the Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology, assisted by Kaely R. Colligan.

Ruby Pipeline

 

In 2010-2011, Ruby Pipeline, LLC, constructed roughly 674 miles of a 42-inch-diameter natural gas pipeline crossing four states: Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, and Oregon. Far Western served as cultural resources prime for effects mitigation and ancillary inventory across the state of Nevada (347.4 miles of pipeline corridor plus access routes and associated facilities). The identified resource base for this portion of the project consisted of 1,066 archaeological sites or resources.

Although brought into the Ruby project late in the game, Far Western prepared and implemented a research design and treatment plan for data recovery that included construction-monitoring protocols, procedures for unanticipated discoveries, Native American participation in the data recovery and monitoring programs, a post-construction data recovery plan, and project-wide (across three BLM District Offices) reporting standards and protocols. Far Western has completed investigations and the final Class III Inventory Report and comprehensive Data Recovery Report which includes ground-breaking research on the archaeological record of Nevada’s Northern Tier, a significant Great Basin landscape. Far Western’s Public Outreach and Interpretation Program for the project includes a 32-minute film entitled Breaking New Ground – Native Americans in Archaeology and a full color 35-page booklet entitled Creating Vya – the Dream of Dry Farming in Long Valley, Nevada. The film has been sent to nearly 500 agency archaeologists and tribal representatives in the western United States. The booklet is available at BLM District Offices and Field Stations, the Nevada State Museum, Nevada Historical Society, Modoc National Forest, and Modoc County Historical Museum.

 

Inventory
Evaluation and Testing
Effects Mitigation
Geoarchaeology
Sensivity and Constraints
Environmental Planning Support
GIS and Cartography
Monitoring
Public Outreach and Interpretation
Sector: Energy
Agencies: FERC, BLM, SHPO, Tribal Government
State: NV
Counties: Elko, Humboldt (NV), Washoe

Hildebrandt, William R., Kelly R. McGuire, Jerome King, Allika Ruby, and D. Craig Young

2016

Prehistory of Nevada’s Northern Tier: Archaeological Investigations along the Ruby Pipeline Anthropological Papers of the American Museum of Natural History, No. 101.

Monitoring

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Cultural Resources Monitoring

Far Western provides two types of monitoring—construction and site assessment. Construction monitoring consists of an archaeologist—often together with a Native American representative—observing the construction phase of a project to ensure that cultural resources are not inadvertently damaged or destroyed. We have monitored everything from small local building projects to major power and gas line installations, usually in consultation with Native tribes and government agencies. Some of our clients have included Kinder Morgan, Nevada Energy, Liberty Utilities, the Bureau of Land Management, and the US Forest Service. Big or small, these projects can have tight schedules, and Far Western works closely with construction personnel to keep things on track.

For site assessment monitoring, our archaeologists visit known cultural sites, often over a period of several years, to assess their physical condition and document any new or ongoing impacts that need to be addressed. Such monitoring is often a requirement for federal permits or funding. As an example, we have been hired by Pacific Gas & Electric Company to conduct multi-year monitoring for three different hydroelectric projects in support of their relicensing efforts.

Phil Kaijankoski, MA

Philip Kaijankowski
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Phil Kaijankoski serves as a Principal Investigator and Geoarchaeologist. He graduated from California State University, Chico in 2001 with a major in anthropology and a minor in geology. He continued to pursue his interest in geoarchaeology while at Sonoma State University where he received his Master’s in 2006. His thesis examined spatial changes in the shoreline of North America over the past 15,000 years to identify where evidence of the earliest human occupation may be found today. He has been working as a professional archaeologist since 2000, and first joined Far Western in the summer of 2004 as a temporary field technician. In 2008, Phil returned to Far Western as a Geoarchaeologist working under his mentor Jack Meyer. His role later expanded to archaeological Field Director and eventually Principal Investigator as he authored numerous excavation reports on the archaeology of the San Francisco Bay Area, Northern and Central California coast, and the Sacramento and San Joaquin Valleys.   

His current research interests include Holocene landscape evolution, paleoenvironmental change, and how these processes impacted people living in the past. This is applied through geoarchaeological investigations searching for deeply buried and submerged archaeological sites utilizing a variety of exploration and dating techniques. Through his experience in the San Francisco Bay Area where he resides, he has become an expert on successfully conducting subsurface testing in urban settings with complex logistics. Furthermore, his background in geoarchaeology has led to a strong interest in archaeological site formation processes and he is often employed to document and analyze stratigraphically complex archaeological sites to aid in temporal component definition. 

 

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

Phil’s Featured Projects

  • San Francisco Water Treatment Plant Upgrades 
  • Highway 1 Relocation Project, Sonoma County 
  • Santa Clara County BART Extension Project 
  • Wahtoke Creek 

 

Phil’s Featured Presentations and Posters

Kaijankoski, P. B. Byrd, M. Goman, J. Meyer, and M. Palacios-Fest

2018

Sea Level Rise and Shell Mound Inundation within the Islais Creek Estuary, San Francisco, California Society for American Archaeology Annual Meeting, Washington D.C.

Kaijankoski, P.

2017

Where the Land Meets the Sea: Site Stratigraphy and Landscape Context of CA-SBA-1703. Society for California Archaeology Annual Meeting, Fish Camp, California.

Kaijankoski, P.

2015

Assembling the East Bay: Subsurface Geoarchaeological Explorations for the Silicon Valley-Berryessa BART Extension

Phil’s Featured Publications

Hildebrandt, William, Allika Ruby, and Philip Kaijankoski

2020

Middle Holocene Resource Intensification Along the Southern California Coast: A View from Goleta Slough. In Goleta Slough Prehistory: Insights Gained from A Vanishing Archaeological Record. Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Contributions in Anthropology Number 4. Edited by Michael A Glassow.

Eerkens, Jelmer, Laura Harold, Katherine Perez, Engel Murga, Philip Kaijankoski; Jeffrey S Rosenthal, and Alexandra M. Greenwald

2016

Strontium Isotopes Identify Locals and Non-Locals at CA-SCL-919 and CA-SCL-928 in Milpitas, California. Society for California Archaeology Proceedings, Volume 30.

Peterson, Curt D., Errol Stock, Jack Meyer, Philip Kaijankoski, and David M. Price

2015

Origins of Quaternary Coastal Dune Sheets in San Francisco and Monterey Bay, Central California Coast, U.S.A.: Reflecting Contracts in Shelf Depocenters and Coastal Neotectonics. Journal of Coastal Research Vol. 31(6):1317-1333.

Staff Archaeologists

 

The dedicated Far Western Team.

Angela Armstrong-Ingram, BS

Gina Caretti, BA

Alex Castillo, BA

Cameron Caywood, BA

Brieann DeOrnellas, BA

Martha Diaz-Longo, MA

Jill Eubanks, MA

Patricia Galindo Arias, BA

Michele Maybee, BA

Joshua McWaters, BA

Margo Meyer, BA

Montserrat Osterlye. BA

Monique Sanchez, BA

Eleni Ziogas, BA

Joanna Roberson, MA

Joanna Roberson

Joanna is a Senior Archaeologist at Far Western’s Desert Branch in Henderson, Nevada. Joanna has regional archaeological experience in the Great Plains, Rocky Mountains, and Great Basin. This experience includes professional- and academic-setting cultural resources management, and she is familiar with all aspects of National Historic Preservation Act Section 106 and Section 110 compliance. Her research interests include lithic resource use and geochemical sourcing, hunter-gatherer adaptations, and Paleoindian archaeology. Recent work includes directing large-scale surveys and site evaluations in the Mojave Desert around Twentynine Palms, California. She has also participated in research and contract-based fieldwork in Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, and Wyoming.

 

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

Joanna’s Project Highlights

  • Twentynine Palms Inventory and Evaluation
  • Nevada Test and Training Range Inventory

Joanna’s Featured Publication

Byerly, Ryan, and Joanna Roberson

2015

Late Pleistocene to Middle Holocene Archaeology in the Mojave Desert: Recent Discoveries in Twentynine Palms, California. PaleoAmerica 1(2):197-201.

Byerly, Ryan, Joanna Roberson, and Charles P. Egeland

2015

The Coffin Bison Kill (5JA7): Bridging Perspectives on the Past at the Door to North Park, Colorado. North American Archaeologist 36:266-288.

Allen M. McCabe, BS

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Allen McCabe has worked as a professional archaeologist since 1981, with experience in the Great Basin, California, Texas, and the Northwest. He is proficient in archaeological inventory, data recovery excavation, and the operation of GPS technology and associated software for map creation and data integration. Allen has been involved either as an author, co-author, or Crew Chief on well over 400 cultural resources projects. Currently he is permitted by the Bureau of Land Management in Nevada as a Principal Investigator in both prehistoric and historical archaeology.

Since 1987, Allen has served as Crew Chief or Field Director on inventories, site evaluations, and data recovery excavations in California and the Great Basin; he has been a Senior Archaeologist at Far Western since 2007. In addition to his fieldwork, he is experienced in agency and Native American consultation, records searches, literature reviews, and reporting. Allen has documented many large historic-era resources, including major highways (e.g., Lincoln Highway, El Camino Real), standing structures (both industrial and residential types), mine and mill complexes, residential townsites, and overseas Chinese residential features. He has also excavated two historical wooden ships in the San Francisco area. His extensive experience with prehistoric resources ranges from Paleoindian sites to ethnographic pine nut processing areas.

 

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

Allen’s Featured Projects

Michael J. Darcangelo, BA

Mike Darcangelo
Michael Darcangelo

Michael is one of our Senior Archaeologists and has worked for Far Western since 1994. He was raised in Shasta County and received his B.A. in Anthropology from California State University, Chico. Michael has worked on numerous pipeline projects throughout northern California and Nevada and enjoys the logistical challenges and remoteness which often accompanies extensive linear corridors. His research interests focus on the northern Sacramento Valley, with an emphasis on prehistoric lifeways in Shasta County.

 

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

Michael’s Key Projects

  • Tuscarora Pipeline
  • Hungry Valley Lateral Pipeline
  • Ruby Pipeline

Michael’s Featured Publications

Hildebrandt, William R., and Michael J. Darcangelo

2008

Life on the River: The Archaeology of an Ancient Native American Culture. Heyday Books, Berkeley, California.