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Dr. Moore has worked as a professional archeologist since 1976.  He was a pioneer in demonstrating the potential for survival of significant archeological remains in heavily urbanized American contexts such as the City of Galveston and the Houston Central Business District, as well as in developing the archeological field methods appropriate for dealing with urban contexts. His work and publication in urban archeology began during his graduate studies at Rice University and has continued throughout his subsequent career. Dr. Moore is also keenly interested in spatial relationships and developed a quantitatively based predictive model for prehistoric settlement in Southeast Texas that has been acknowledged as accurate by the Archeology Division of the Texas Historical Commission. Dr. Moore’s presentations and peer-reviewed publications in recent years have centered upon MAC's conflict archeological discoveries at San Jacinto.

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August Costa, Ph.D., R.P.A.

Dr. August “Gus” Costa earned a doctorate focusing on paleoanthropology at Indiana University. Dr. Costa has more than 15 years experience in archeology and has carried out field and lab-based work in Asia, Africa and Europe, as well as numerous projects within the US including Texas, Arkansas, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Indiana. Dr. Costa has an multi-disciplinary skill set that includes expertise in lithic and faunal analysis, geology, human osteology, vertebrate paleontology and experimental archeology. Since arriving in Texas, Dr. Costa has been active in local public archeology projects. He has contributed to numerous cultural resource surveys and acted as a consulting geoarchaeologist for both survey and data recovery projects in southeast Texas. More recently, Dr. Costa has supervised excavations in northeast Texas, as well as large archeological monitoring projects in the Greater Houston area.

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Mr. Mangum has more than 20 years of experience supervising Phase 1 and 2 projects and participating in Phase 3 projects at supervisory levels. Most of his experience is in both the piney woods and the coastal prairie of Texas although he has also worked in England, Scotland, and Mississippi. His background is in prehistoric archeology with a focus on lithics. He is also practiced in laboratory analysis of historic and prehistoric artifacts. Over the last decade he has expanded into conflict archeology and historical/archival research. He also has extensive experience in GIS and aerial photograph interpretation as part of planning archeological projects and managing cultural resources. 
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Catherine L. Jalbert, M.A., R.P.A.

Ms. Jalbert is a professional archaeologist who is experienced in both field-based and lab methodologies, specializing in lithic analysis.  She has more than 10 years of experience in both pre-contact and historic archaeology, executing Phase I, II, and III projects in Northeastern North America, including Atlantic Canada, the Mid-Atlantic region, and the Southern United States. She has been involved in numerous projects that range from cultural resource survey, monitoring, and large scale data recovery projects. More recently, Catherine has managed a number of archeological monitoring projects in Southeast Texas and regularly uses her analytical expertise to support both historic and pre-contact investigations.
Jenni Hatchett Kimbell has served as a field technician, crew chief, field director, project archaeologist, and principal investigator on cultural resources investigations ranging from desktop reviews to data recovery projects.  Her archaeological experience spans many portions of Texas, eastern New Mexico, Oklahoma, Colorado, and Kansas, and she has worked on and evaluated well over 200 archaeological sites ranging in date from early Archaic to mid-twentieth century.  Her specialization is in historical archaeology, especially Spanish Colonial, nineteenth-century Texas, and Plains homesteading periods, and she is well versed in research in local and state archives and repositories in both Texas and New Mexico.  Ms. Kimbell has contributed to environmental assessments (EA), environmental impact statements (EIS), and findings of no significant impacts (FONSI) for highway, fiber optic line, cell tower, and pipeline projects in compliance with NEPA regulations.  Beyond archaeology, her strengths include Geographic Information Systems; writing, editing, and quality control of documents; organization; and logistics.  She also has extensive experience in handling, analysis, and curation of prehistoric and historic-period artifacts in a laboratory setting.  

Erin Phillips, Ph.D. 

Dr. Phillips has participated in Phase 1, 2, and 3 projects across the Southeast US including projects in east Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, and the Carolinas. Much of Erin's work has focused on Mississippi Period sites dating to between AD1000 and 1450, including Plaquemine and Mississippian. She has also worked on protohistoric Native American and Historic Euroamerican Projects. Of particular interest to Dr. Phillips are Native American art and its social contexts.  In addition to her archaeology experience, Dr. Phillips has assisted with architectural research projects. 

Ms. Orsini has over seven years of field and laboratory experience. Her background is in zooarchaeology, focusing on subsistence in the prehistoric Americas. Her past work includes the subsistence of the Paleoindian period in Belize, Preclassic through Terminal Classic Maya periods in Guatemala, Mexico and Belize, prehistoric Mississippian cultures in the Lower Mississippi Valley, and research of slave dwellings and diets in Antebellum Mississippi. While at MAC, Stephanie has worked on numerous CRM projects including phase 1, 2, and 3, projects along with archeological monitoring in Southeast Texas. She has a range of additional skills including knowledge and experience with ArcGIS, microbotanical and macrobotanical sampling, field survey, mapping techniques including GPS technology, non-invasive geophysical survey, training in archeological drawing, and osteology which includes documentation and analysis of mortuary contexts.