The Louisiana Archaeologist of the Year Award

February 24, 2017 § Leave a comment

Dr. R. Christopher Goodwin

Dr. R. Christopher Goodwin – Louisiana Archaeologist of the Year

Drawing on more than 40 years of experience in archaeology, R. Christopher Goodwin, PhD, serves as the CEO and director of research for R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates, Inc. Dr. Goodwin possesses expertise in examining the role that climate change plays in rising seas levels and the effects it can have on important coastal archaeological and historic sites in the United States.

In 2014, the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism  presented R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates, Inc., with the Archaeologist of the Year award. The award is given in recognition of noteworthy contributions to the archaeological field in Louisiana.

In this case, the organization earned the award for its efforts in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, particularly in its work in the implementation of the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program put in place by the Federal Emergency Management Agency during recovery efforts following the storm. The company’s success in shining a spotlight on some of the most valuable cultural  resources in the state also was a major factor in the decision. Dr. Goodwin and his team analyzed and reported on hundreds of thousands of artifacts, evaluated many archaeological sites, prepared planning studies and resurveyed all of the historic districts in New Orleans as part of that major effort. Their technical reports provided tremendous insight into Louisiana’s prehistory and history.

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