David Hyde, PhD

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David joined the Far Western team as a Principal Investigator in 2018 and works out of the Bay Area Branch Office. David specializes in historical archaeology of the American Far West. He received his BS from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, his MA from San Diego State University, and his PhD from UC Berkeley. His dissertation research focused on the archaeological and historical analysis of a 19th century industrial quicklime production site in the western foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. More broadly, David’s research interests and expertise include the archaeology of labor relations, cultural interaction and change, and material culture of the 19th and 20th centuries.

David has experience leading a diverse range of cultural resource investigations throughout California and the American West. Through these projects, David has worked closely with local, State, and Federal agencies, utility providers, and private individuals to produce Section 106 and CEQA cultural resource compliance documents that meet the highest standards. David is also a research associate at the Archaeological Research Facility at UC Berkeley, is the founder and director of the annual “I Dig Benicia” public archaeology event, and is Vice President of the Benicia Historical Society.

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


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