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Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

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April 13th 2016:In the Pipeline: Archaeology and the Oil and Gas Industry

The largest budgets and advanced research technologies in today’s archaeology are furnished by pipeline construction. While the construction of pipelines has not been without controversy, the growth of the oil and gas industries and the construction of pipelines accounts for a significant portion of archaeological projects in the U.S. In today’s episode we discuss the influence of pipeline archaeology and how federal regulations have changed the relationship between pipelines and archaeological research. Join us and our guests, Chris Bergman, Don Weir, and Carol Weed as we discuss the histor

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Christopher A. Bergman

Christopher A. Bergman is a Principal Archaeologist with URS Corporation in Cincinnati, Ohio. He received his PhD in Prehistoric Archaeology from the University of London in 1985. He has worked extensively in the Middle East, Europe, and Japan, and in the United States has been actively involved in Cultural Resource Management studies related to natural gas and petroleum products pipelines for over 20 years. Dr. Bergman’s research interests include lithic technology, experimental archaeology, and the material culture of people living in marginal resource settings.
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Donald J. Weir

Donald J. Weir is CEO and founder (1988) of Commonwealth Cultural Resources Group, Inc. (CCRG). Don holds an MA degree in Anthropology from Michigan State University. CCRG is a full-service cultural resources firm with headquarters in Jackson, Michigan, and offices in New York, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and, Illinois. In 2009 CCRG acquired Coastal Carolina Research, Inc., of Tarboro North Carolina. The company provides expertise in all phases of archaeological investigations, geospatial analysis, laboratory studies, and above-ground research. CCRG focuses on pipeline, transportation, and other linear corridor projects. Don Weir has been the major author of over 100 technical reports as well as
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Carol Weed

Carol S. Weed is a Senior Project Manager at Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. (VHB) and is based in their White Plains, New York, office. Since joining VHB in 2006, her work has focused on NEPA, SEQR, and CEQR compliance projects throughout New Jersey, New York, and the U.S. Northeast and West. Prior to joining VHB, she was engaged for some 25 years in FERC-permitted natural gas pipeline and other utility corridor projects. For the most part, the natural gas pipeline cultural resources projects she led were in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania though she also conducted projects in the Midwest and Southeast. Cumulatively, her crews completed over 1,000 miles of Phase I survey on pipel
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