Robert B. Rechtman, Ph.D.

Office: Hilo, Hawai‘i


  • 1992,Ph.D., Anthropology/University of California, Los Angeles
  • 1985, M.A., Anthropology/University of California, Los Angeles
  • 1983, B.A., Anthropology/University of California, Los Angeles


Robert B. Rechtman, Ph.D. is currently a Managing Director for ASM Affiliates, Inc. (ASM). Prior to joining ASM, Dr. Rechtman founded and was the Principal Archaeologist of Rechtman Consulting, LLC, a cultural resources management firm that successfully completed more than 800 cultural resources management projects throughout the State of Hawai‘i. The range of projects included Section 106 Compliance, Cultural Impact Assessments, Archaeological Assessments, Reconnaissance Surveys, Inventory Surveys, Site Testing, Data Recovery, Preservation Planning, Burial Treatment Planning, and Archaeological Monitoring. These projects were been conducted for private landowners and developers, and county, state, and Federal agencies. Before forming Rechtman Consulting, LLC, Dr. Rechtman was a Senior Archaeologist with PHRI for three years, where among other responsibilities was a Principal Investigator for a portion of an IDIQ contract with the U.S. Navy, Pacific Division. And before that, from 1995 to 1997, Dr. Rechtman served as the Cultural Resources Manager for the U.S. Army’s National Training Center at Fort Irwin; for which he received the Secretary of the Army Environmental Award. Collateral responsibilities included historic preservation advisor to the California Military Environmental Coordination Committee and the California Biodiversity Council, and lead cultural resources person for the Mojave Ecosystem National Performance Review Project, for which he received a National Performance Review Award. As a result of his work with the U.S. Army, Dr. Rechtman has gained substantial expertise in Federal contracting and regulatory compliance activities.

Dr. Rechtman has a wide range of archaeological experience, in the Pacific, Central America, North America, and the Caribbean, having participated in and directed numerous survey and excavation projects. Dr. Rechtman’s dissertation research was conducted in the Fiji Islands and was funded through the U.S. Information Agency/Fulbright Foundation and the National Science Foundation. This research included significant archaeological fieldwork, historical documentary review, and the collection of oral histories. His Pacific Island experience includes projects in Hawai‘i, Fiji, and American Samoa. Dr. Rechtman’s research has focused on human adaptations to island environments, which is reflected in his numerous papers and publications. Dr. Rechtman’s 36 years of professional archaeological experience includes work on archaeological projects in the Pacific (Samoa and Fiji) dating back to 1986, and in the Hawaiian Islands dating back to 1989.