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Richard C. Chapman - (BA English, MA Anthropology, Ph.D. Anthropology)

Director of OCA since 2000, serves as Principal Investigator for the office. He has 40 years experience in cultural resource survey, excavation, and analysis throughout the state  of  New  Mexico, and has served as Assistant and Associate Director at OCA since 1983.  He has managed a great number of multiple task order contracts involving large multidisciplinary research teams composed of OCA staff and subcontractors, multiple phases of often fast-track field and analytical tasks, complex reporting schedules, and considerable coordination with private landowners, construction contractors, and State and Federal agency representatives.  Among these large-scale, long-term projects managed by Chapman as PI are the Cochiti Reservoir Survey and Excavation Project—upper middle Rio Grande Valley, NM (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Albuquerque District, 1975–1979); the Border Star 85 Survey—southern Tularosa Basin, NM (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers District, Ft. Worth, 1984–1988); the GBFEL-TIE Testing Survey, Testing and Excavation Project—southern Tularosa Basin, NM (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Ft. Worth, 1987–1992); the Fort Wingate Depot Activity Archeological Historical and Ethnographic Survey – northwestern NM (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Albuquerque District 1991–1997); and the US 380 Archeological Project – central New Mexico (NMDOT 1999-2001) and more recently the U.S. 180 excava-tions at LA 43769, SW New Mexico (NMDOT 2002-2004); the Church Rock Industrial Park excavation project in NW New Mexico (Navajo Nation 1996-2001); the Radar Ridge and Rusty Nail Ridge excavation projects at Fort Wingate Depot Activity – NW New Mexico (USACE Albuquerque District 1996-2001); the Highway NM 22 excavation project – upper middle Rio Grande Valley, NM (MNM Office of Archaeological Studies 2001-2004); development of a Conservation Plan for Protection of Natural and Cultural Landscapes at Fort Wingate Depot Activity – NW New Mexico (USACE, Albuquerque District in part-nership with the Navajo Nation and Pueblo of Zuni, 2002-present); multiple survey tasks in all parts of New Mexico for the USDI Bureau of Land Management (2001-2005); and more recently archeological excavation fieldwork and post-field report for the Alamogordo Flood Control Project South Channel – south central NM (USACE Albuquerque District, 2003-2004), the Shell Pipeline Co. New Mexico Products Pipeline – SW New Mexico- NW New Mexico (2003-2004) and the Mid America Pipeline Co. Western Expansion Project – SW New Mexico – NW New Mexico (2004 – present).  

Most of Chapman’s cultural resources work has been undertaken in contexts directly related to the identification, docu-mentation, and evaluation of cultural resources to facilitate private, Federal, or State agency compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (as amended); often in the context of satisfying their obligations under National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, the Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979, the American Indian Religious Freedom Act of 1978, and the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990 (as amended).  Chapman has been PI on projects for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Albuquerque District; U.S. Army Engineer District, Ft. Worth; USDI Bureau of Land Management (Statewide); USDI Bureau of Reclamation; USDA National Forest Service; New Mexico State Land Office; New Mexico Department of Transportation; Tribal governments including the Navajo Nation and the Pueblos of Isleta, Laguna, Santa Ana, Zia, and Zuni; the Museum of New Mexico, municipalities, counties, public school districts, and private companies.