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NRCS Welcomes New Cultural Resource Specialist

David Munsell

David Munsell starts area position in Spokane, WA

Spokane, WA. (July 31, 2013) –Experienced archaeologist David Munsell was selected as the new Cultural Resource Specialist for the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Munsell began his position at the Spokane area office on May 6, 2013.

Munsell moved to Washington in his youth and attended Sedro-Woolley High School in Sedro-Woolley, WA. He went on to pursue his Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Master’s in Archaeology from the University of Washington (UW), and continued his education by obtaining a Doctoral Candidate degree (PhC) also from UW.

Before joining the NRCS team, Munsell was in Durango, CO with the Bureau of Land Management. Previously, he was the District Archaeologist for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Seattle and worked as a Native American Coordinator for the Walla Walla District Corps of Engineers. Prior to working for the Corps he held a Research Professorship at UW, where he was the archaeologist in charge of Public Archaeology. He has also worked as an advisor to the Minister of Patrimony in Ecuador.

Throughout his career, Munsell has worked in Washington, Idaho, Montana, Colorado and has traveled extensively in Middle and South America. One of the main focuses of his experience is working closely with tribal governments, and he is passionate about helping Native Americans to preserve their culture and rich history.

Munsell will work on a one-year temporary basis to assist NRCS in continuing to stay up-to-date with its cultural resources program. As the East Area Cultural Resources Specialist, Munsell will look closely at land projects in order to determine whether NRCS funded projects will affect cultural resources in the eastern area.

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