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Joe B. Jones, M.A., College of William and Mary.
As the director of WMCAR since 2004, Mr. Jones has successfully expanded our client base and service offerings, while ensuring the quality of research and service for which we are renowned. Since completing an M.A. in American Studies from the College of William & Mary in 1989, he has supervised cultural resource investigations in the southeastern and western United States, including 14 years of cumulative experience as a project archaeologist and more than eight years as a principal investigator. Early assignments included supervising Monticello's archaeological field school and serving as a staff archaeologist with P-III Associates, Inc., based in Salt Lake City, Utah. During his years in supervisory roles at the WMCAR, he has directed archaeological and architectural history research on a wide variety of site types and time periods in all regions of Virginia and in neighboring states. Mr. Jones’ research interests include the archaeology of plantations and farmsteads, frontier settlement and adaptation, prehistoric Native American settlement patterns, site structure, and site function.
Elizabeth J. Monroe, Ph.D., Washington University.
Dr. Monroe has served as a project archaeologist at WMCAR since 2004, supervising investigations of prehistoric and historic sites. Along with her expertise in archaeology, she is a qualified zooarchaeologist and has a Ph.D. in Anthropology (2003) from Washington University. Dr. Monroe has conducted fieldwork and laboratory and faunal analysis on sites ranging from North Carolina to the Southwest. Notable projects include survey of the entire Colonial Parkway corridor from Yorktown to Jamestown; survey to locate the 18th-century courthouse site at Guilford Courthouse National Military Park near Greensboro, North Carolina; survey and testing at the John Marshall Birthplace site in Loudoun County and at the James Monroe Birthplace site in Westmoreland County, Virginia; testing in the mansion yard of Shirley Plantation, the Chiles Homesite in southern Maryland, and Tusculum plantation site in Amherst County, Virginia; and data recovery at an 18th-/19th-century farmstead site in Loudoun County. She also has directed dozens of archaeological surveys across Virginia. Dr. Monroe has an excellent reputation for customer relations as well as public outreach, engaging the general public with lively presentations on archaeology and guiding groups on site tours. She regularly presents formal papers at conferences of professional and scholarly organizations.
Thomas F. Higgins III , M.A., The College of William and Mary.
Mr. Higgins has over 28 years of experience working as a project archaeologist in Virginia. Though his educational background and research interests focus on historical archaeological resources, working for over two decades on a variety of prehistoric and historical archaeological resources in the context of cultural resource management projects has given him broad expertise in the range of significant archaeological resources that can be found in the Mid-Atlantic region. He has worked for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation within the Department of Archaeological Research (1984-1988), WMCAR (1988-2001), the James River Institute for Archaeology, Inc., (2001-2012), and has recently rejoined the senior staff here at WMCAR (2012-present). Mr. Higgins has supervised fieldwork and produced summary reports and publications on survey-level, site evaluation, and data recovery projects that span the breadth of Virginia prehistory and history, including Archaic-stage campsites, Woodland-stage villages, colonial farmsteads, plantation complexes, slave quarter sites, and Civil War military sites. Over the course of his career, Mr. Higgins has served as lead author for more than 100 archaeological reports.
Charley Hodges, M.A., The College of William and Mary.
Consulting Architectural Historians
Mary Ruffin Hanbury, M.A., School of Architecture, University of Virginia
With a broad preservation background, Ms. Hanbury is involved in architectural survey, preservation planning, heritage tourism, and strategic planning projects and is particularly adept at creating publications and solutions that meet sophisticated needs while remaining accessible to a diverse audience. Ms Hanbury meets the qualifications for architectural historian under 36 CFR 61. Since she began subconsulting to WMCAR in 2010, Ms. Hanbury has conducted numerous architectural surveys at both the reconnaissance and intensive level and has contributed to National Register nominations for two commercial historic districts in Southwest Virginia. Prior to forming Hanbury Preservation Consulting, Ms. Hanbury was the primary point of contact between the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) and local government preservation programs. She reviewed and provided comments on all local designation reports and preservation plans, guidelines, and ordinances. She also wrote the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Plan and provided technical assistance and training to over 95 local historic preservation commissions. She also provided advisory and field services throughout 15 states in the southern region, developing and implementing strategies for key intervention and advocacy issues. While serving as the architectural historian at Virginia Department of Historic Resources' Tidewater Regional Preservation Office, she developed, implemented, and monitored a comprehensive regional program for the identification, permanent recording, evaluation, registration, and sensitive treatment of historic buildings, structures, districts, objects, and cultural landscapes in the thirty counties and cities of eastern Virginia. She reviewed, edited, and wrote nominations to the National Register of Historic Places and designed and conducted architectural resource surveys and evaluations. She has served on the boards of numerous arts and preservation organizations, including most recently the Raleigh Historic Districts Commission and Preservation Action, a national preservation education and advocacy organization.
Meg G. Malvasi, M.S., University of Vermont - Burlington;
Ms. Malvasi holds an M.A. in American History from the University of Nebraska, and an M.S. in Historic Preservation from the University of Vermont. Since 2005 she has conducted an impressive array of projects for the WMCAR. Large-scale project highlights in Virginia include reconnaissance survey in the Lexington Historic District (160 resources) and Fredericksburg Historic District (1,000 resources), Gate City Historic District (75 resources), and kit houses across the five cities of South Hampton Roads (200 resources). Ms. Malvasi is no less accomplished in preparing successful National Register nominations, including the Custom House and Sheilds House in Yorktown; Cedar Ridge, an early 18th-century residence in Surry County; 18th-century Eubank Hall in Lunenburg County; 20th-century Norge Depot in James City County; and four CCC-era state parks in central Virginia. Additional survey experience encompasses reconnaissance and intensive-level survey for compliance-related projects and county surveys in Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, and North Carolina. As an accomplished freelance writer, Ms. Malvasi has contributed to serial publications and authored books, particularly in the fields of American cultural and social history, African American history, and American architectural history. In addition, she regularly gives talks on architectural history findings to citizens and officials in the communities sponsoring survey and nomination projects. Prior to working in Virginia and neighboring states, Ms. Malvasi conducted architectural history projects in Vermont and Connecticut.
W. Lewes, M.A., College of William and Mary
Mr. Lewes has served the WMCAR in various capacities since 1992. As project manager since 2006, he has been responsible for oversight of architectural history projects and report production. He holds an M.A. in American Studies from the College of William & Mary (2002). Mr. Lewes takes the lead on historical research for archaeological testing and data recovery projects, and for selected architectural history projects. He has researched and written historical context for more than 60 cultural resource management studies ranging in date from the Contact period to the twentieth century. In addition, Mr. Lewes has prepared National Register nominations and updates for the James Monroe Birthplace Site and the Saltville Battlefields Historic District, and contributed to nominations for the St. Paul Historic District, the Glade Spring Commercial Historic District, and Walnut Valley. He also has experience presenting the results of archaeological and historical research to a variety of audiences through talks, special websites, and informal publications.
Ms. Rosa-Borges has served as the WMCAR's fiscal technician since 2012. Her responsibilities include all aspects of fiscal support for contract- and grant-funded operations, including accounts payable and accounts receivable according to State and endowment policies, monitoring compliance with state procurement policies and procedures, procurement, and payroll processing. Ms. Smart has extensive experience and training in the use Banner software and the eVA procurement system.
A. Agin, M.S., Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Agin completed an M.S. degree in Geoenvironmental Studies with a concentration in Geographic Information Systems from Shippensburg University. Currently, he serves as the GIS/Graphics Specialist for the WMCAR. His responsibilities include spatial analysis and production of digital maps and images through the use of ArcGIS and AutoCAD Map. He routinely integrates data across GIS, CAD, and GPS platforms. Recent GPS-based mapping projects include archaeological survey mapping for a 382-acre wetland mitigation bank in King William County, Virginia and testing of sites across Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, North Carolina. He has more than 10 years of experience in CAD and graphics production in the field of cultural resource management. Prior experience includes supervisory duties on a range of cultural resource management projects in the Mid-Atlantic Region.
Laboratory and Analysis
Davenport, B.A., Mary Washington College.
Ms. Davenport holds a B.A. in history from Mary Washington College (1978), and has extensive experience in the laboratory analysis and cataloguing of artifacts, particularly the material culture of colonial America. Highlights include large data recovery collections from colonial-period sites in Hampton, Hopewell, Jamestown, and Williamsburg, Virginia. Other special expertise and experience includes analysis of large ceramic assemblages from 19th-century pottery sites in Virginia (Lowndes, Pitman, Parr) and analysis of Civil War-era military artifacts. She has served as Senior Laboratory Technician with the WMCAR since 1989, having conducted and supervised analysis of artifacts from all historic-period sites investigated by the WMCAR. Prior to her employment with the WMCAR, Ms. Davenport held supervisory positions in field archaeology and laboratory analysis for the Virginia Research Center for Archaeology on a series of archaeological assessments of historic house sites, including the Lynnhaven House in Virginia Beach, Bacon’s Castle in Surry County, and Mount Vernon and Gunston Hall in Fairfax County.
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