Christine Davis Consultants, Inc. (CDC) is a cultural resource management firm specializing in archaeological and historic resource surveys/above ground surveys. CDC’s team includes professionals in prehistoric, historic, urban, and industrial archaeology, geomorphology, history, architectural history, and computer-aided design (CAD). All personnel meet or exceed the Federal qualifications defined in 36 CFR Part 61, as amended.
CDC has extensive experience in the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) Section 106 process through a wide range of cultural resource compliance projects. With over 30 years of experience, CDC has completed more than 2,500 cultural resource projects in the northeastern United States.
The CDC team has managed a variety of complex cultural resource projects and is dedicated to a proactive approach to finding new solutions in the management of cultural resources. For example, to document over 300 potentially significant properties in one county, CDC proposed a series of historic contexts to define significance; thus, the project shifted from a diversity of properties to a focus on specific resources representing the proposed historic preservation themes. The acquisition of the first archaeological site in Pennsylvania by the Archaeological Conservancy, based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, was coordinated by CDC. The Sony Site, located in Westmoreland County, is one of the largest prehistoric villages discovered in the northeastern United States, and was donated to the Conservancy following a Phase III Data Recovery project conducted by CDC.
The firm has coordinated hundreds of projects with federal agencies such as the Advisory Council for Historic Preservation (ACHP), the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the United States Army Corps of Engineers (COE). In addition to federal agencies, CDC has coordinated with state environmental agencies, State Departments of Transportation (DOT), State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPO), Tribal Historic Preservation Offices (THPO), and local agencies such as Historic Review Commissions and Planning Departments. CDC maintains up-to-date files of all legislation and regulations regarding local, state, and national properties.
Christine Davis, President of CDC, has been actively involved in cultural resource management since 1979. Her graduate degree is from the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Anthropology. Ms. Davis holds the honorary position of Field Associate with the Carnegie Museum of Natural History of Pittsburgh. From 1988 to 1990, she served as a historian for the HABS/HAER Division of the National Park Service. In this capacity, she performed comprehensive county-wide historical surveys and HAER documentation of the region’s historically important industrial resources.
The office, laboratory, and research facilities of the firm are located in the Lehner Grain and Cider Mill, a stone building constructed in 1895 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Restored in 1993, the building stands 12 miles east of Pittsburgh along the east bank of the Allegheny River in Verona, Pennsylvania.
The main floor of the Lehner Mill, with original timber frame construction, houses computer work stations capable of a range of tasks from word processing to database creation to the graphics abilities of AutoCAD. The firm maintains a library with over 1,000 books, maps, and other documents. A large laboratory for the cleaning, cataloging, and storage of artifacts is located in the basement level of the building.
The firm owns vehicles, surveying equipment, analytical tools, a Hansen weather port, and all field equipment necessary for conducting every type of archaeological and historical survey. The CDC team includes a variety of subconsultants who add the following to the firm’s capabilities:
- large-format photography
- mechanical equipment operations
- carbon-14 processing
- specialized floral and faunal analysis