The NHPA – Celebrating 50 Years of Stewardship of America’s Heritage

June 1, 2017 § Leave a comment

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National Historic Preservation Act
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Dr. R. Christopher Goodwin has built the firm that bears his name into a leader in cultural artifact management and preservation, handling both terrestrial and nautical archaeological efforts. Dr. R. Christopher Goodwin and his team have worked for more than 35 years to provide solutions that successfully balance the needs for critical infrastructure with historic preservation, assuring compliance with regulations such as the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) of 1966, as amended.

After generations of support for the idea from the American public, the United States Congress passed, and President Lyndon Johnson signed, an act in recognition of the importance of safeguarding the treasures of the country’s heritage from unchecked development. A report entitled “With Heritage So Rich,” prepared by a coalition of American mayors, was a landmark document in the field of historic preservation, and its ideas formed the nucleus of the NHPA.

The Act formally put in place the now widely praised National Register of Historic Places, which lists nearly 100,000 sites. The National Historic Landmarks Program, also established by the NHPA, oversees more than 2,500 culturally significant locations based on referrals from the public and the National Park Service. On the occasion of the law’s 50th anniversary in 2016, the Preservation 50 campaign highlighted the achievements of the NHPA.

Nautical Archeology Dives Deep into the Past

May 18, 2017 § Leave a comment

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Nautical Archeology
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Dr. R. Christopher Goodwin, who holds a PhD in archaeology, heads New Orleans-based R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates, Inc. The award-winning firm provides cultural preservation and management services for corporate, energy sector, and United States Department of Defense clients. Dr. Goodwin and his company assist in maintaining compliance with all relevant federal, state, and local regulations on a variety of terrestrial and nautical infrastructure projects, while helping to preserve the nation’s material heritage.

Nautical archaeology is a comparatively new subfield, both of archaeology and in cultural resources management. It is such a recent development that only a few universities nationwide currently offer a nautical archaeology program.

The work of nautical archaeologists has produced a detailed record that helps document the development of shipbuilding, seafaring, and marine trade in many parts of the world. Examples of recent projects with both professional and popular interest include work on the Gresham Ship Project.

Researchers probed the wreck of a Tudor-era ship thought to have been associated with Elizabethan Royal Exchange founder Thomas Gresham, which sunk in the River Thames. The researchers were able to recover a number of artifacts documenting everyday life and trade during the period.

Other notable marine excavations have included several off the North Carolina coast. In 2010, one group of scientists hoped to uncover new underwater evidence related to the Lost Colony of Roanoke, while the Shipwrecks of the Graveyard of the Atlantic project worked to trace remains of World War II-era German ships sunk by American forces.

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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