Dr Richard A. Goddard

Project Director / Principal Investigator

Department of History, Government, & Philosophy
Adams State University
208 Edgemont Blvd.
Alamosa, CO 81102
Phone: (719) 588-2276



Dr Goddard completed his Bachelor's degree at Wayne State University with a Major in History in 1971. He completed a Master's degree in prehistoric archaeology at the University of Arizona in 1973 and a Ph.D. in historical archaeology at the University of Nevada, Reno in 1999. He has been the Archaeological Coordinator for the Navajo Nation, has been an independent consultant in cultural resource management, and has run his own cultural resource management company. He is active in both prehistoric and historic archaeology and has worked in Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Idaho, and Colorado.

His research interests include the development of communities on the Western frontier, mining technology and mining camps, Pony Express and stage stations, military sites, material culture as symbolic expression, and the development of civilization in the New World. In addition to Adams State College, he has taught at Boise State University, several junior colleges, and other venues. He has directed many field schools and has published articles in both local and national journals. In the past few years, Dr. Goddard has become interested in Historical re-enactment and living history as a valid form of research. He has organized a Civil War artillery unit at Fort Garland and Adams State.