Dominguez Anthropological Research Group

About Us

Dominquez Archaeological Research Group (DARG) is the operational division of Dominquez Archaeological Research Group, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation established in 2003 as a consortium for anthropological and archaeological research, preservation and education in the Upper Colorado River Basin.

DARG's mission is to provide an organizational and operational environment that facilitates:

  • Professional excellence and the application of high standards in archaeological and anthropological research, preservation, and education.

  • Scientific rigor and the development and application of innovative research methods and advanced technology for data capture and information management in archaeology and anthropology.

  • Cooperative and collaborative approaches in cultural resources research, preservation, and education that integrate cross-boundary knowledge and expertise from diverse professional, institutional, and public sources.

We function as a consortium of independent research associates and ad hoc research and technical advisors. Our operational focus is to coordinate research activities, raise and administer funding, and manage projects that advance our shared values and mission.

People

DARG functions as a consortium of independent research associates and ad hoc technical advisors. Our operational focus is to coordinate research activities, raise and administer funding, and manage projects that advance our shared professional values and research goals.

Administrative Team
Carl E. Conner,   President   Archaeologist, Grand River Institute (founder and owner)
Michael S. Berry,   Research Director   Archaeologist, Upper Colorado Region, Bureau of Reclamation (retired)
Richard Ott, Project   Coordinator/Grant   Admin   Information design and data visualization, independent consultant
Research Associate
Michael Berry   Principal Investigator, Colorado Radiocarbon Database Project, Falls Creek Project, DARG Database Design and Admin
Carl Conner   Principal Investigator, Ute Trails Project
Masha Conner   Biologist, Archaeologist, Graphic designer/Photographer
Sally Crum   Archaeologist, Grand Mesa National Forest, USDA-FS (retired)
Barbara Davenport   Archaeologist, Grand River Institute
Courtney Groff   Archaeologist, Geoarchaeologist, Grand River Institute
Cheryl Harrison   Archaeologist, BLM Glenwood Springs Field Office (retired)
Nicole M. Inman   GIS/Graphics Specialist, Archaeologist
Curtis W. Martin   Principal Investigator, Colorado Wickiup Project
Brian P. O'Neil   Archaeologist, Archaeoastronomy
Richard Ott   Cultural landscapes, Ute ethnohistory, digital imaging, data visualization
Thuong (Nicky)  Pham   Biologist, Archaeologist, Web Developer
Michael  Pointkowski   Archaeologist
Holly Shelton   Archaeologist, Geoarchaeologist, Grand River Institute
Josh Smith   Paleontologist
Jessica Yaquinto   Founder/Principal Investigator, Living Heritage Anthropology; Principal Investigator Ethnography and Applied Anthropology for DARG Ute Trails Projects
Technical Advisors
Steven G. Baker   Archaeologist, Program Director Uncompahgre Valley Ute Project, Centuries Research, Inc., Montrose, CO
C. David Beers   Cultural Anthropologist, Independent Consultant, Farmington, NM
Betsy Chapoose   Director of Cultural Rights and Protection Department, Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah & Ouray Reservation, Ft. Duchesne, UT
Brock Chapoose   Cultural Rights and Protection Department, Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah & Ouray Reservation, Ft. Duchesne, UT
Julie Coleman   Archaeologist, San Juan Public Lands Center, BLM
Dan Haas   Archaeologist, Colorado State Office, BLM
Glade Hadden   Archaeologist, Uncompahgre Field Office, BLM
James D. Keyser   Archaeologist, USDA-FS, Portland, OR
Terry G. Knight, Sr.   Cultural Resources NAGPRA Liaison, Ute Mountain Ute Tribe,Towaoc, CO
Aline LaForge   Archaeologist, Grand Junction Field Office, BLM (Retired)
Michael D. Metcalf   Archaeologist, Metcalf Archaeological Consultants, Eagle, CO
Alden Naranjo   NAGPRA Coordinator, Southern Ute Indian Tribe
Cassandra J.  Naranjo   NAGPRA Coordinator Apprentice, Southern Ute Culture Department
Carol Patterson   Archaeologist, Uncompahgre Field Office, BLM
Michael Selle   Archaeologist, White River Field Office, BLM

Funding Partners

DARG projects are funded through grants from the State Historical Fund, offices of the Colorado Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service, and the National Park Service. Our private contributors include: EnCana Oil; EPCO, Inc; Gas USA, Inc.; Rhino Energy; Grand River Institute; and The Williams Companies, Inc. Additionally, DARG research associates regularly contribute significant pro bono hours working both on funded projects and organizational development.

Research Partners

DARG’s research program includes on-going collaborative partnerships with cultural representatives of the Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation, the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, and archaeology and historic preservation programs of History Colorado.

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Contact

Dominquez Archaeological Research Group (DARG)
Mail: P.O. Box 3543, Grand Junction, CO 81502
Phone: 970-245-7868
Email: darg.colorado@gmail.com

 

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