May 17, 2018 § Leave a comment
Christopher Goodwin, PhD, is a respected archaeologist who oversees cultural heritage site surveys spanning the country. His work, and that of his colleagues at the firm of his name, help preserve important sites and enable a diversity of infrastructure projects to go forward by avoiding, minimizing or mitigating effects to heritage resources. One key focus of Dr. R. Christopher Goodwin and his team is on safety, with the firm achieving consistent “A” safety ratings from a number of major energy companies.
A vital part of this involves hazards surveys undertaken before construction has commenced. As they undertake surveys of construction corridors searching for archaeological sites and remains, such as projectile points and pottery, crew members also undertake hazards and job safety observations analyses.
These efforts are designed to ensure the safety not only of the archaeological crew, but also of environmental surveyors and construction personnel who may be working in the area in the future. Input into geographic information systems, potential hazards are delineated and presented to clients alongside cultural research.
An example of this was a situation involving a Southwest pipeline project, where a crew working at intervals of 15 meters encountered five rattlesnakes migrating to winter dens. Information collected such as season, landform, direction of travel and time of day, helped inform future workers of likely risks in the area, and helped to keep them safe.
March 11, 2018 § Leave a comment
Dr. R. Christopher Goodwin holds a PhD in archeology from Arizona State University. In 2016, consultants from Dr. R. Christopher Goodwin’s firm assisted the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) in documenting historic cemeteries throughout Connecticut’s four coastal counties that were affected by Superstorm Sandy.
From small family plots to municipal burial grounds, Connecticut features thousands of cemeteries. Most do not possess the exceptional significance required to qualify for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. Those that do qualify must contribute to larger historic districts, connect to early settlement patterns, represent the work of a master designer or landscape architect, or display significant works of art.
Carried out under SHPO’s Hurricane Sandy disaster relief program, the cemetery documentation project involved the creation of a Guide to Researching and Documenting Connecticut’s Historic Cemeteries. The guide contains an annotated bibliography that provides background information on the history of cemetery development, and that accounts for type, landscape elements, marker materials, and iconography trends. This work clarifies the criteria for eligibility in the National Register and provides information about evaluating cemeteries using National Register criteria, as well as on researching the various aspects of cemetery history including genealogy. Information collected also helps establish guidelines for conservation, preservation and maintenance of cemetery monuments and markers.
The Connecticut SHPO intends to release this work to the public in 2018.
February 20, 2018 § Leave a comment
Dr. R. Christopher Goodwin, holder of a PhD in archaeology, leads a preservation planning and archaeological and historical research firm that performs services nationwide. Although much of the work of R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates involves work performed directly for federal agencies, Dr. R. Christopher Goodwin also provides extensive planning and cultural resources permitting services for pipeline projects regulated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
Services for energy projects begins with due diligence studies for avoiding impacts to historic properties, and thus subsequent lawsuits and entanglements. Such projects must abide by strict laws like the National historic Preservation Act, and can encounter complications if the construction project effects protected lands like archaeological sites and cemeteries, or if may they may pose impacts to sites of importance to Native American tribes. Clients can receive assistance from the Goodwin team with route planning (routing studies) to circumvent these issues.
In addition, R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates provides detailed on-the-ground assessments of proposed pipeline routes to identify potential preservation issues. Early planning and identification of preservation issues make the work in these areas easier and minimize both costs and the chances of delay.
August 14, 2017 § Leave a comment
An acknowledged expert in cultural resources management, Dr. R. Christopher Goodwin earned his PhD in archaeology at Arizona State University. He has particular expertise in analyzing the impact of climate change and in coastal resiliency planning to preserve American heritage resources. He is the founder and CEO of R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates, Inc., an award-winning firm that has been involved in archeological surveys, preservation, and resiliency efforts for more than 35 years.
In November 2015, Connecticut governor Dannel Malloy announced a series of preservation initiatives to prepare and protect historical sites along Connecticut’s coast from natural disasters, a response to the devastating effects of Superstorm Sandy in 2012, which resulted in Connecticut’s four coastal counties being declared a federal disaster area. With funding from the National Park Service’s Disaster Relief and Assistance Grant Program, the Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office chose R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates to be the lead in a multidisciplinary team for Phase 2 of the program.
This phase involved identifying historical sites at risk in the coastal counties to the effects of future storms and sea level rise, and resiliency planning measures to integrate the protection of historic properties in municipal efforts to prepare for and recover from disasters like Hurricane Sandy. The project also included identifying additional historical architectural resources and districts that may qualify for federal recovery funding through their listing on the National Register of Historic Places; the creation of historic and archeological site databases; a survey of dams in the coastal counties; and the development of technical guidance and of Geographic Information System maps of historic properties at risk to future storms and sea level rise for each of the coastal municipalities in the state.