Courtney Higgins, MA

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Courtney is a Senior Archaeologist and Project Manager at Far Western. Courtney has both regional and international archaeological experience in terrestrial and underwater archaeology. She joined Far Western in 2010 and has over 20 years experience in cultural resources management. Her terrestrial archaeological experience includes utility (gas, electric, and wind) infrastructure projects in Western Utah, California, Nevada, Wyoming, and Colorado. This work was quite different than her master’s degree fieldwork excavating a Roman shipwreck in Turkey and her thesis work on 3-D modeling a Venetian merchant galley.

Courtney is currently a cultural resources project manager for gas pipeline maintenance projects located throughout California. She is familiar with all aspects of the National Historic Preservation Act Section 106, California Environmental Quality Act, and Section 110 compliance. She also manages projects on lands owned by the US military in Southern California, which has included Section 110 surveys; site condition monitoring and effects projects; testing and data recovery; and construction monitoring.

Courtney also works on 3-D modeling of artifacts and site features using photogrammetry. Her interest and expertise in accurate site layout and artifact replication are aided by her Federal Aviation Administration Part 107 remote pilot’s license, which allows her to take advanced aerial imagery through the use of unmanned aerial vehicles.

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

Courtney’s Featured Projects

  • Camp Pendleton Inventory Project
  • Sunnydale Sewer Shipwreck Project
  • Ruby Pipeline

Courtney’s Featured Publications

Higgins, Courtney R.


The Venetian Galley of Flanders: From Medieval (2-Dimensional) Treatises to 21st Century (3-Dimensional) Model. Unpublished Master’s thesis, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas.

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