MARK BECKER, Ph.D., RPA Management Team

Vice President, West Coast Archaeology Division


  • 1999 Ph.D., University of Colorado, Boulder, Department of Anthropology
  • 1990 M.A., University of Illinois, Chicago, Department of Anthropology
  • 1986 B.A., Ohio State University, Department of Anthropology


Dr. Becker has over 20 years of professional and academic experience in archaeological fieldwork, research, and publication in the American Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, Upper South, Southeast, Plains, Rocky Mountains, Great Basin, Southern California, Southwest Asia, and North Africa.

He earned his Ph.D. in Anthropology with an emphasis in archaeology, hunter-gatherers, methodology, and lithic analysis. His ongoing research centers on prehistoric settlement systems and how mobility is reconstructed from the archaeological record, through an examination of technology, function, and spatial analysis. Since 1989, Dr. Becker has specialized in lithic use-wear, refitting, and spatial analysis. In conjunction with other classes of data, such as features and faunal remains, he has used his skills in lithic analysis to reconstruct site function and prehistoric behavior. This is especially important in CRM where site function plays an important role in site significance. Dr. Becker has participated in and/or directed archaeological field projects (survey, testing, and data recovery) in Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, West Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, California, Sahara (Egypt) and the Sinai Desert. Dr. Becker is also experienced in the analyses of ceramics, ground stone, faunal remains, human osteology, and historic materials. Since joining ASM Affiliates as Lab Director in 2002, Dr. Becker has been involved in the processing and analyses of artifacts from the Great Basin, and California coastal and desert projects. He has also been the Principal Investigator and author of numerous project reports and specialized studies