ARCHAEOLOGICAL SERVICES LLC (ASCC) was established in 1996 as Archaeological Services of Clark County.

Based out of Vancouver, WA, ASCC has grown from a one-person operation working solely in Clark County to a firm that employs five full-time archaeologists and carries out projects throughout the states of Washington and Oregon for clients in multiple industry sectors.

PROJECT TEAM

ASCC Full-time Personnel

Key Personnel

Alexander Gall, M.A., RPA, Senior Archaeologist/Owner
Michael Smith, B.A. Archaeological Technician and Graphics Specialist
Justin B. Colón, M.A. Archaeological Technician

RPA: Register of Professional Archaeologists

Alexander Gall

Alexander Gall, M.A., RPA, owner of ASCC, has been involved with archaeological projects in the Pacific Northwest since 1999. He received his B.A. in Anthropology from Vassar College in 1994 and his M.A. in Anthropology from Portland State University in 2002. Prior to joining ASCC in 2002, Mr. Gall spent five years working as an archaeological technician in over fifteen states on the East Coast, Midwest, and Southwest on a wide variety of projects. For the year prior to starting graduate school in 1999, Mr. Gall was employed on the Caesars Archaeological Data Recovery Project along the Ohio River in southern Indiana, which was the largest cultural resource project ever undertaken in the Midwest. He was also chosen among a competitive field to take part in US/ICOMOS’s professional intern program to document Paleolithic rock art in northeastern Portugal.

Mr. Gall has spent the last thirteen years working throughout Oregon and Washington for ASCC and other companies and agencies. Since joining ASCC in 2002, and purchasing the company in 2006, he has acted as Principal Investigator/Project Manager on over 1,200 projects of all types and sizes.

Alexander Gall

Michael Smith

Michael Smith received his B.A. in Anthropology and Archaeology from Oberlin College in 1994. Pursuant to this degree, Smith completed the University of Alaska’s archaeological field school at the Broken Mammoth Site, a Late Pleistocene/Early Holocene site in the Alaskan interior (1992), and spent a semester studying Egyptology at the American University in Cairo (1993). An avid traveler, Smith has toured archaeological sites on six continents.

As a professional archaeologist, Mr. Smith has worked on a wide range of surveys and data recovery projects in the U.S. and abroad. His early work experience included leading survey crews on multiple projects in central Florida, excavating a Revolutionary War period site in downtown Philadelphia, uncovering a multi-component Jomon site in northern Japan, surveying former U.S. Air Force bombing ranges in Badlands National Park, and working for more than a year in the Ohio River Valley on the Caesars Archaeological Project, a dig that yielded one of the largest prehistoric artifact assemblages in the Midwest. Since 2001, Mr. Smith has concentrated on the archaeology of the Pacific Northwest. In 2008, Mr. Smith joined ASCC, where his ongoing job duties encompass those of project director, field technician, historical researcher, graphics specialist, lithic analyst, and technical writer.

Justin B. Colón

Justin is our newest full-time ASCC employee. Originally from Philadelphia, and migrating to the Pacific Northwest by way of South Florida, Justin received his B.A. in Anthropology from Temple University in 2011, and is currently pursuing his M.A. from Florida Atlantic University. Justin completed his first field school working on a continuously occupied late Paleoindian to Contact site in the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania. Before graduating from Temple, he also completed a second field school working on a pre-Incan settlement site in the cloud forests of coastal Ecuador.

After receiving his B.A., Justin worked on a Bronze Age necropolis site in the interior deserts of Az Zahirah, Oman. He also worked in cultural resource management on projects in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, at Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site in Philadelphia, and again in Ecuador as a lab and curation director at the same field school in which he previously participated.

Following a crazy year of work experiences, Justin accepted an assistantship at Florida Atlantic University to pursue his Master’s Degree in Anthropology. His master’s thesis consists of a macroscopic and X-ray fluorescence analysis of 2,871 obsidian artifacts recovered from twelve sites in Chinandega, the northwestern-most Department of Nicaragua. His data serves as a proxy to understand trade routes as well as lithic industries in an archaeological borderland between Mesoamerica and the Greater Nicoya.

Statement of Nondiscrimination in Employment

ASCC does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, sex, national origin or ethnic group, color, age, religion, disability or military service.

For more information please feel free to contact Alex Gall at 360.260.8614.