Case Work

Expert witness for archaeology, anthropology, & heritage management.

Dr. Christopher D. Dore, a Registered Professional Archaeologist, provides expert witness services in the fields of archaeology, anthropology, and cultural resource/heritage management. He has trial, deposition, litigation, and consultation experience. His expert services focus on the investigation, assessment, and valuation of damage resulting from impacts to archaeological resources under the Archaeological Resources Protection Act and other laws. With an MBA in addition to his doctoral degree in anthropology, Dr. Dore is particularly sought after for cases involving the valuation of damage. In addition to services focused on the protection of archaeological resources, Dr. Dore also provides expert services on topics of cultural resource compliance under laws such as the National Historic Preservation Act, California Environmental Quality Act, and the National Environmental Policy Act.

Dr. Dore has participated on both criminal and civil cases, including a case involving international antiquity trafficking. He has worked on case work directly and indirectly for a variety of U.S. federal agencies, including the Department of Justice, as well as for private clients. Dr. Dore has provided training in damage documentation to professional archaeologists, lectured at the University of Arizona’s College of Law, and was a co-author of the Society of American Archaeology’s Professional Standards for the Determination of Archaeological Value. In has been a speaker for the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation and recently published an article entitled “Digging In: An In-Depth Look at the Archaeological Resource Protection Act: The Archaeological View” in the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute 56.

Dr. Dore is accomplished, credible, and well recognized in the archaeological community. He has held faculty positions at five major research universities and received research grants from sources including the National Science Foundation. He is the president-elect of the Register of Professional Archaeologists, archaeology’s standards and credentialing organization. He has served as the president and as a director of the American Cultural Resources Association. He also has served as the treasurer and as a director of the Society for American Archaeology (SAA) and is the recipient of an SAA Presidential Award. He currently is the editor of Advances in Archaeological Practice: A Journal of the Society for American Archaeology. Dr. Dore specializes in the archaeology of the southwest United States, California, and Mexico.