Meet Our Team
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.
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.