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GARRETT R. FESLER, Ph.D., RPA

Senior Archaeologist

Dr. Fesler is a partner and a Senior Archaeologist/Principal Investigator in the firm and he has more than 19 years of experience in Virginia, Maryland, and North Carolina working on historic and prehistoric archaeological sites. Dr. Fesler is experienced in all facets of field excavation, site analysis, documentary research, and writing. Since 1993, Dr. Fesler has served as principal investigator and lead author on nearly 300 Phase I, II, and III cultural resource management projects and treatment plans, all of which have complied with Federal National Historic Preservation Act-Section 106 regulations and with Virginia Department of Historic Resources guidelines. Dr. Fesler’s research emphases include African-American history and culture, quartering sites, 17th- and 18th-century plantations, 17th- and 18th-century material culture, 19th-century farmsteads, with an interest in topics such as colonialism, gender, ethnicity, landscape archaeology, household archaeology, family development, and culture change.

Currently Dr. Fesler is an adjunct faculty member at the College of William and Mary, a member of the Register of Professional Archaeologists, a member of the Council of Virginia Archaeologists, and the Friends of African American History. Dr. Fesler has co-edited a book entitled Historical Archaeology, Identity Formation, and the Interpretation of Ethnicity (1999, Deitz Press), published several articles, and contributed to several long-term research projects including the APVA Jamestown Rediscovery Project, Jamestown 2007, the Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery, and the Mount Pleasant Foundation.

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