Beth Mathews’ archaeological experience covers much of the Northwest, including most regions of Washington and parts of British Columbia, Oregon, and Nevada, working for cultural resource consulting firms, tribes, public land managers, academic departments, and museums. Beth began her archaeological career at the waterlogged Mud Bay site in Olympia, WA. Due to this site’s remarkable preservation she developed interests in paleoethnobotany and ancient landscapes. Beth is experienced working in a wide variety of archaeological sites including historic farmsteads and homesteads, coastal shell middens and clam gardens, Gold Rush encampments, early Holocene camps, pithouse villages, waterlogged sites, historic districts, precontact and historic rock cairns, WWII military training camps, and vernacular historic properties.
Beth has experience in all phases of cultural resource management, performing and supervising pedestrian survey, subsurface testing, site inventory, archaeological monitoring, research, mapping, and report production. As a project archaeologist, she is also skilled at supporting principal investigators by interfacing with clients and project stakeholders, and producing project research plans and scopes of work. She has worked on many types of projects in the cultural resource management field, including environmental conservation, road and bridge construction, storm water systems, natural gas pipeline maintenance, wind farm development, mineral mining, transmission lines, logging, fuels management, and residence/building construction.
SELECTED PROJECT EXPERIENCE
Project Archaeologist for the WSDOT I-5 Joint-Base Lewis-McChord Vicinity Improvement Project, 2014–2016, responsible for leading archaeological survey of the 1,000-acre project area, writing all archaeological site inventories, and producing the cultural resource assessment and graphics in cooperation with the project Principal Investigator and Architectural Historian
Channeled Scabland Farmstead Inventory Project, 2016–2017, responsible for survey and inventory of 240 acres of Spokane District Bureau of Land Management parcels, as a BLM employee. The survey resulted in inventory and assessment of NRHP-eligibility of archaeological sites and historic properties associated with early agricultural history.