|Hunter Johnson, MA | Director|
Mr. Hunter Johnson serves as company President, Principal Investigator, and Director of cultural resource management studies for TVAR projects. He received his M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Alabama and is a member of numerous professional organizations. Mr. Johnson has articles published by the Journal of Alabama Archaeology and the University of Alabama Press and numerous cultural resource management reports. He has directed projects throughout southeastern North American over the past eighteen years.
|Keith Little, PhD | Senior Archaeologist|
Dr. Keith Little received his Ph.D. from the University of Alabama and has 30 years of experience in all phases of archaeological investigation throughout southeastern North America. He serves as a Senior Archaeologist at TVAR. Dr. Little has written scores of cultural resource management reports as well as articles published by Early Georgia, The Florida Anthropologist, Journal of Alabama Archaeology, Southeastern Archaeology, and Smithsonian Institution Press. Dr. Little’s research interests and specialties include late prehistoric and protohistoric archaeology of southeastern North America and paleoclimatology.
|Ted Karpynec, MA | Senior Preservation Planner|
Mr. Ted Karpynec joined TVAR in June 2012, and brings over ten years of combined experience in the cultural resource management profession. As TVAR's Sr. Preservation Planner, Karpynec is responsible for directing architectural assessments and historic structure research for Section 106 compliance projects using the National Register of Historic Places' Criteria for Evaluation (36 CFR 60.4). The projects have been undertaken on behalf of state and federal agencies, and private and non-profit developers throughout the United States. Prior to Mr. Karpynec's transition into private consulting, he served as a Historic Preservation Specialist with the Tennessee Historical Commission between August 2000 and November 2001, where he reviewed Section 106 compliance reports and National Register eligibility assessments for state and federally funded projects within the State of Tennessee. He further assisted in the administration of the National Register program, which included reviewing and editing submitted National Register nominations and writing National Register nominations.
|J. Rocco de Gregory, MA | Archaeologist|
Mr. Rocco de Gregory received his M.A. in anthropology from Mississippi State University and is a member of numerous professional organizations. He serves as an Archaeologist at TVAR and works in the capacity of a project manager and principal investigator. Mr. de Gregory has worked on all phases of archaeological investigations in eastern North America, and his primary research interests are in bioarchaeology.
|Ann Marshall, BA | Research Archaeologist/Osteologist|
Ms. Ann Marshall serves as a Project Director and osteologist for TVAR. She currently is completing her masters thesis in anthropology (expected graduation, August 2011). Ms. Marshall has worked on a number of prehistoric and historic archaeological investigations and authored reports on the findings. She also has experience analyzing prehistoric human skeletal remains for documentation and curation in compliance with the expectations with the Native American Graves Repatriation Act and has studied skeletal remains, artifact associations, and their spatial distributions at an African American cemetery. Her research interests include human osteology, gravestone studies, African American burial practices, and plantation archaeology.
|Mary Lee Gaffin, BA | Archaeological Assistant|
Mrs. Mary Lee Gaffin serves as Archaeological Assistant at Tennessee Valley Archaeological Research. She received her B.A. in anthropology from Auburn University in 2008. Upon graduating, she has gained field and laboratory experience in all phases of cultural resource investigations. Her duties as Archaeological Assistant include, but are not limited to, site excavation, artifact analysis, data entry, background research, report writing, and compilation of project materials for curation. Historic archaeology, museum curation, historic preservation, ethnography, architecture, and mortuary arts are among her topics of interest.
|Travis Rael | Archaeological Assistant|
Mr. Travis Rael serves as Archaeological Assistant for TVAR. Mr. Rael is currently working on a B.S. in earth system sciences with a concentration in geographical information systems (GIS) at The University of Alabama in Huntsville. Mr. Rael has experience in laboratory analysis, field surveys and excavations, database development and maintenance, and computer programming.
|Richard Krause, PhD | Senior Archaeologist|
Dr. Richard Krause received his Ph.D. in cultural anthropology and archaeology from Yale University in 1967. He serves as a Senior Archaeologist at TVAR. Dr. Krause has taught anthropology at The University of Nebraska, The Ohio State University, and the University of Missouri as well as The University of Alabama where he chaired the anthropology department from 1974 to 1981. He has conducted field research in the Great Plains, Alaska, South Africa, Yucatán, and the southeastern United States. He has also done ethnographic research among American Indians and several South African Bantu speaking groups. Dr. Krause has served on the boards of directors of a number of scholarly associations, including the Plains Anthropological Society, the Council on Alabama Archaeology, and the Alabama Historical Commission. Dr. Krause receives infrastructure and staff support from TVAR while conducting his research in the Tennessee Valley, serves as a company advisor, and occasionally participates in cultural resource management projects for TVAR.
|Erin Johnson | Account Specialist|
Mrs. Erin Johnson serves as TVAR’s in-house bookkeeper and manages payroll, billing, and insurance. She also works in close coordination with Mr. Hunter Johnson and certified public accountants in the day-to-day business aspects of the company. Ms. Johnson is uniquely qualified for this position insofar as she has participated directly in archaeological field and laboratory projects as well as served in a banking management position for over nine years.