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Director Craig S. Chatier's Curriculum Vitae

My name is Craig S. Chartier and this page describes my qualifications and interests in the field of archaeology.

My first experience with archaeology came at age five or six when I began reading and collecting archaeology articles from National Geographic.  Soon, my father's dentist ofice was bereft of any issues and eventually, none ever made it into there. Upon arrival at the house they would immediatly go into my room.  Professionally, I decided to follow my love for dirt, I once dug a hole four feet deep by six feet wide in my backyard, and began studying anthropology under Dr. William Turnbaugh and his wife Sarah Peabody Turnbaugh at the University of Rhode Island.  It was here that I learned the value and the place of the public in archaeology.  The Turnbaughs taught me that the public's needs and interest should be formost in every archaeologist's mind, especially since many times they are the ones paying for it through taxes. I got my first archaeology job in 1990 and I have been digging ever since.

I first worked at Wilbur Smith and Associates in Providence Rhode Island and then at the Public Archaeology lab (PAL). Immediately after leaving PAL I was employed by Plimoth Plantation, a living history museum in Plymouth, Massachusetts. This museum was really where New England historical archaeology was born through the leadership of the late Dr. James Deetz. At Plimoth, I was give the opportunity to reanalyze collections made by Deetz in the 1960s to 1970s and I have begun to expand upon his pioneering work. I also was the staff archaeologist for the Wampanoag Indian Program and in this position I conducted archaeological investigations at their reconstructed homesite prior to construction activities. At Plimoth I had the unique opportunity to be able to participate in many experimental archaeology projects involving everything from hide tanning to Native pottery making and house construction to seventeenth century farming, livestock management and house construction. I feel that my work at Plimoth has given me a unique viewpoint on many aspects of both Native and early American cultures.

I took a sabbatical from Plimoth for a year to travel to Virginia and work with some of the leading archaeologists there. My work with the James River Institute for Archaeology involved conducting CRM surveys and researching various topics for final reports. I was also in charge of analyzing any of the faunal material recovered during the course of fieldwork. I returned to Plimoth with an expanded perspective on the Contact Period in the eastern United States and a number of analyzed faunal assemblages under my belt.

I eventually left Plimoth Plantation and accepted a position at Timelines, Inc., a CRM firm in Littleton, Massachusetts, where I worked until embarking upon the Plymouth Archaeological Rediscovery Project (PARP) in 2002. Here I was in charge of all the faunal analysis, I wrote permits, gave input on proposals and supervised fieldwork. Essentially, I was involved in every aspect of most archaeological surveys conducted. In fact we had just finished fieldwork on an 8500-year-old site in Dracut, Massachusetts which appears to have yielded evidence of pit house structures.

I pride myself on the fact that each project that I was involved in at Timelines was completed quickly but with a critical eye to making sure that it was done very carefully. I feel that these two factors, speed coupled with quality archaeological work, are the keys to conducting CRM work in the 21st century.

Well, that's where I am today.  I look forward to speaking with you about archaeology, "stuff" you found in your yard or Plymouth and I hope that we can work together in the future.

Craig S. Chartier M.A. RPA

Craig S. Chartier


Academic Preparation

University of Massachusetts at BostonHistorical Archaeology, 1995-2000, M.A.

University of Rhode Island, Anthropology, 1988-1993, B.A.

Title- Masters Thesis

An Explanation of the Proportional Differences in Shellfish Between Two Features at the Sandys Point Site

Archaeological Employment

Wilbur Smith Associates, Providence, Rhode Island, ArchaeologicalTechnician 90-91

Duties and Accomplishments:

responsible for successful completion of field work

Museum of Primitive Art and Culture, Peace Dale, Rhode Island,

Student Director MPC 101 Archaeological Site, 5/90 to 6/93 10-20 

Duties and Accomplishments:

-responsible for planning and implementing annual archaeological field school

-responsible for news releases and advertisement

-responsible for research design

-responsible for processing artifacts

-responsible for analyzing and publishing results

Public Archaeology Laboratory, Inc., Archaeological Technician, Promotion on 5/93 to Senior Archaeological Technician, 6/91 to 12/93

Duties and Accomplishments:

-responsible for successful completion of field work

-responsible for supervising field crew

-responsible for background research

-responsible for maintaining field budget

-responsible for portion of report writing

Wampanoag Indian Program, Plimoth Plantation, Interpreter and Staff Archaeologist, 3/94 to 5/97

Duties and Accomplishments:

-responsible for interpretation to public

-responsible for a portion of staff training

-initiated new staff training sessions

-initiated new on-site procedures

-initiated cultural resource management procedures at site

University of Massachusetts at Boston, Research Assistant under the direction of Dr. Stephen Mrozowski, 9/93 to 6/96

Duties and Accomplishments:

-responsible for processing flotation samples from Sandys Point site

-initiated new flotation procedures

-initiated new recording procedures

University of Massachusetts at Boston Summer Field School: Aptucxet Trading Post Museum, C0-Primary Investigator with dr. Barbera Luedtke 5/96-7/96

Duties and Accomplishments

-responsible for successful completion of field survey and unit excavation

-responsible for training graduate and undergraduate participants

-responsible for writing of report on fieldwork

-initiated the field school in 1995

-coordinated with Bourne Historical Society to conduct work

Wampanoag Indian Program, Plimoth Plantation, Research Associate, 5/97-7/98

Duties and Accomplishments:

-responsible for research using primary documents

-responsible for portions of staff training

-responsible for maintenance of high interpretation standards on site

-coordinate research needs of other team members

-initiated new research directions

-initiated new on-site exhibits

James River Institute for Archaeology, Faunal Analyst, 8/98-3/99

Duties and Accomplishments:

-conducted field work

-responsible for analysis and interpretation of recovered faunal material

-responsible to assist field supervisor

Timelines Inc., Field Crew, Faunal Analyst, Site Supervisor, Project

Archaeologist, 10/ 00- 6/02

Duties and Accomplishments:

-responsible for analysis and interpretation of recovered faunal remains

-responsible for writing permit applications

-responsible for successful completion of fieldwork

-responsible for maintaining budget

-responsible for primary document research on project-by-project basis

-responsible for processing of recovered materials including washing, cataloging and data entry

-responsible for report writing

-responsible for some graphic production

-responsible for site form production

-initiated new field procedures

-initiated more efficient recording techniques


Related Experience

Anthropology of the Skeleton, Brown University 1991

Honorary Societies

Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, Inducted 1993

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Inducted 1993


Presidents Award for Student Excellence in Anthropology, 1993

Professional Memberships

Receive the CRM newsletter from the National Parks Service

Receive the Environmental Monitor from the Massachusetts Secretary of

Environmental Affairs

Zooarchaological Society, 1999-present

Council for Northeastern Historical Archaeology, 1995-present

Society for Historical Archaeology, 1995-present

International Society of Osteoarchaeology, 1999-present

Registry of  Professional Archaeologists 2001-present

Massachusetts Archaeological Society 2001-present


Faunal Experience

Seekonk Pipeline, Middle Woodland, Seekonk, Massachusetts

Sakonnet River Pipeline Project C. 1100 YA Sakonnet, Rhode Island

Polpis Road Bike Path Middle to Late Woodland Nantucket,


Spectacle Island Middle to Late Woodland Boston Harbor,


Hornblower II site Middle to Late Woodland Martha's Vineyard,


Sandbank Shell Midden Late Woodland/ Contact Period Plymouth,


Browne Late Woodland to Contact Period Plymouth, Massachusetts

Nansemond Site, Contact Period, Suffolk, Virginia

Sandys Point, Late Woodland to Contact Period, Yarmouth,


44JC103 Governors Land, circa. 1622, Williamsburg, Virginia

Edward Winslow c, 1630-1650 Marshfield, Massachusetts

Allerton/Cushman Site 1632-1690 Kingston, Massachusetts

Magunco c.1730, Canton, Massachusetts

Ezra Perry II Site 1673-1730 Bourne, Massachusetts

Robert Bartlett II c.1670-1720 Plymouth, Massachusetts

William Bradford III and IV c.1679-1730 Kingston, Massachusetts

William Harlow House c.1677-1900 Plymouth, Massachusetts

First Settlers c.1680-1776 Jamestown, Virginia

Utopia 1680-1800, Kingsmill, Virginia

Hazard Farm 1769-1900 Matunuck, Rhode Island



October 1995. Council for Northeastern Historical Archaeology Annual

Meeting, Fortress of Lousiburg, Nova Scotia.

A) Paper read: Ceramics from the Allerton Cushman Site 1632-1699.

B) Paper read: Faunal Remains from the Ezra Perry II Site, Bourne, Massachusetts.

October 1992, Council for Northeastern Historical Archaeology Annual

Meeting, Albany, New York.

Paper read: From Father to Son: An Evaluation of Wealth from the

                 Hazard Farm, Matunuck, Rhode Island.

March 2001. NEAA Conference, New London, Connecticut.

Paper read: New Directions for New England Zooarchaeology.

October 2001. Council for Northeastern Historical Archaeology Annual

Meeting, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.

A) Paper read: A Reinterpretation of the Attack on the Clark Garrison House, Plymouth, Massachusetts.

B) Paper read: The Position of the European Chicken (Gallus gallus) in Seventeenth Century Native New England Culture.

Published Reports

The Aptucxet Trading Post: Fact, Fiction, and a Study in 20th Century

Myth Creation. Cited in Dr. James and Patricia Scott Deetzs book Life and Death in Plymouth Colony (2001).

Report of an Intensive (Locational) Archaeological Survey for the

Whipporwill Estates in Raynham, Massachusetts. Timelines, Inc.

September 2001.

Intensive (Locational) Survey for the National Tower, LLC Antenna Site

Athol, Massachusetts. Timelines, Inc. August 2001.

Intensive (Locational) Survey for Jefferson at Ashland Station Ashland, Massachusetts. Timelines, Inc. August 2001.

Intensive (Locational) Archaeological Survey Report for the Self-StorageFacility at Forestdale Road Mashpee, Massachusetts. Timelines, Inc. August 2001.

Report of an Intensive (Locational) Archaeological Survey for the Cross Street School Interceptor and Forest Hill Drive Segments of the Andover Waste Water System in Andover, Massachusetts. Timelines, Inc. July 2001.

Report of an Intensive Archaeological Survey for the Tall Pines Development Clinton, Massachusetts. Timelines, Inc. July 2001.

Intensive (Locational) Archaeological Survey and Site Examination for Contract 21 of the Waste-Water Program Dracut, Massachusetts. Timelines, Inc. June 2001.

Intensive (Locational) Archaeological Survey at Freezer Point Barnstable, Massachusetts. Timelines, Inc. May 2001.

A Report on the Intensive (Locational) Archaeological Survey of the Little River Waste Water Project, Gloucester, Massachusetts. Timelines, Inc. May 2001.

Analysis of the Faunal Remains from the Sophronia Young Site, New Seabury, Massachusetts. In Archaeological Site Examination of the Sophronia Young Site New Seabury, Massachusetts. Timeline, Inc. April 2001.

Analysis of the Faunal Remains from the Boston College Hammond Site Andover, Massachusetts. On file at Timelines, Inc. January 2001.

Unpublished Reports

                  A Reevaluation of the John Alden Archaeological Site

                (DUX-HA-3). On File: Alden Society, Duxbury, Massachusetts.

                 July 2001

The Aptucxet Trading Post: Fact, Fiction, and a Study in 20th Century Myth Creation. University of Massachusetts at Boston April 2000. On file: Massachusetts State Archives, Boston, Massachusetts.

Faunal Remains from the Sandys Point Site: Feature 29 and Feature 1. University of Massachusetts at Boston November 2000. On file: Massachusetts State Archives, Boston, Massachusetts.


Director Bone Sharp Faunal Consulting. An independent consulting firm

that specializes in the analysis of prehistoric and historic faunal

assemblages from the Northeast.

Co-founder Plymouth Archaeological Rediscovery Project. An independent organization with the goals of compiling all the known archaeological data for southeastern Massachusetts, making it available to both the public and professionals, and educating the public http://plymoutharch.ripod.com