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Philip C. LaPorta
Margaret C. Brewer-LaPorta
Scott A. Minchak
Jamie McIntyre
Michael A. Conrow


Scott A. Minchak



Education

M.A. Anthropology, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, 2007
B.A. Anthropology, minor in Archaeology, Drew University, Madison, New Jersey,1999

Professional Experience


1998-Present
Archaeologist, LaPorta & Associates,L.L.C., Geological Consultants, Warwick, NY, USA. Involved in ca. 30 archaeological projects
  • Landmark at East View, Phase1B/II Supplemental, Greenbush, NY for LCOR, Inc.
  • Colarusso Quarry Expansion, Phase 1B/II Supplemental, Hudson, NY for A. Colarusoo & Son.
  • Smiths Basin Prehistoric Quarries, Phase II/III, Hartford, NY for Jointa Galusha.
  • Glenmere Preserve, Phase IA, Florida, NY for Bila Enterprises
  • Saratoga Farms, Phase I, Saratoga County, NY for Columbia Heritage
  • Hillcrest Commons, Phase I&II, Carmel, NY for Columbia Heritage
2002-2003
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Anthropology, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
  • Anthropology 202: Introduction to Archaeology
2000-2002
Graduate Assistant, Center for Ecological Archaeology, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
  • Cataloging and curation of the Bonfire Memorabilia Project from 8/00-12/00
  • AutoCAD digitization and excavations: Applewhite Reservoir Project, San Antonio, Bexar County, TX and Matagorda Cemetery, Matagorda, TX
  • Nails Creek Unit (Lake Somerville State Park) Phase I Investigation, Lee County, TX
Field Experience
  • Archaeological Excavation: Matagorda Cemetery: Matagorda, TX 1820-1850 settler graves investigated for the Matagorda Cemetery Society
  • Archaeological Survey: Nails Creek Unit, Lake Somerville State Park, TX
  • Archaeological Survey: University of Texas at San Antonio: San Antonio, TX

Contributions to Publications (CRM Reports)


In prog. Phase II/III Investigations of the Prehistoric Chert Quarries in the Finch Trend, Smiths Basin Mine, Town of Hartford, Washington County, New York.  OPRHP No. 96PR0303.  Report being prepared for Jointa Galusha, L.L.C., Glens Falls, NY.

 

 

 

In prog.

 

Phase 1B/II Cultural Resource Investigations of the Colarusso Quarry Expansion, Town of Greenport, Columbia County, New York. Report being prepared for A. Colarusso & Sons, Inc., Hudson, NY

 

 

 

In prog.

 

Phase 1B/II Supplemental Supplemental Cultural Resource Investigation at the Proposed Landmark at Eastview Residential Development, Town of Greenbush, Westchester County, New York. Report being prepared for LCOR, New York, NY.

 

 

 

2008

 

Phase 1B Supplemental Cultural Resource (Prehistoric Quarry) Investigation of the East Kingston Mine, Town of Ulster, New York.  Report submitted to Spectra Environmental Group, Latham, NY.

 

 

 

2008

 

Phase1 Geomorphological Evaluation, Unadilla Project, Town of Unadilla, Otsego County, NY. Report submitted to Birchwood Archaeological Associates, Sidney Center, NY.

 

 

 

2008

 

Phase II/III Resource Investigations of the Proposed Smiths Basin Mine, Town of Hartford, Washington County, NY, OPRHP Review No. 96PR0303.  Report submitted to Jointa Galusha, Inc., Glens Falls, NY.

 

 

 

2008
Phase II Assessment of Hillcrest Commons, Town of Carmel, Putnam County, New York. Report submitted to Wilder Balter, Tarrytown, NY

 

 

 

2007

 

Phase 1B Supplemental Investigation of Hillcrest Commons, Town of Carmel, Putnam County, New York. Report submitted to Wilder Balter Partners, Inc., Tarrytown, NY.

 

 

 

2007

 

Phase 1 Geomorphological Evaluation, Saratoga Farms, Town of Saratoga, Saratoga, NY.  Report submitted to Columbia Heritage, Newburgh, NY.

 

 

 

2007
Phase IB Cultural Resource Investigation of the Glenmere Preserve, Village of Florida, Town of Warwick, Orange County, New York. Report submitted to Bila Enterprises, Florida, NY

 

 

 

2006

 

Phase 1B Cultural Resource Test of the LaPorta Research Design in Fletcher's Fork, Skinner's Creek, and Ross Branch Drainages, along with a Sinkhole in Fort Campbell Military Reservation, Kentucky-Tennessee.  Report submitted to BHE Environmental, Inc., Cincinnati, OH

 

 

 

2006

 

Phase 1A Archaeological Geology Report, LaPorta Prehistoric Quarry Model, Fletcher's Fork, Skinner's Creek, and Ross Branch Drainages, Fort Campbell Military Reservation, Kentucky-Tennessee.  Report submitted to BHE Environmental Inc., Cincinnati, OH

 

 

 

2006 Phase IA Cultural Resource Sensitivity Investigation of the Glenmere Preserve, Village of Florida, Town of Warwick, Orange County, New York. Report submitted to Bila Enterprises, Florida, NY

 

 

 

2006 Phase IA/IB Cultural Resource Investigation of the Chester Golf Club Subdivision, Town of Chester, Orange County, New York. NYOPRHP File 00PR1353. Report submitted to Sherman and Associates, Inc., Ramsey, NJ

 

 

 

2004 Geomorphological Assessments of Sites 40Mt813, 40Mt815, and 40Mt816 (Area 8B), Fort Campbell Army Installation, Montgomery County, Tennessee. Report submitted to BHE Environmental, Inc., Cincinnati, OH.

 

 

 

2004 Yegua Creek Archaeological Project: Survey Results from Lake Somerville State Park and Trailway, East-Central Texas. Center for Ecological Archaeology Technical Report No. 7. Prepared by Center for Ecological Archaeology, Texas A&M University for Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission, Austin, Texas

 

 

 

2003 Geological Catchment for the Shohola Prehistoric Site (36PI169), Pike County, Pennsylvania. Report submitted to Cultural Heritage Resource Services, North Wales, PA.

 

 

 

2003 Report on Prehistoric Quarry Activity, Phase I Investigation for the Woods at Cliffdale Project, Dutchess County, New York. Report submitted to J.R. Cohen, Inc. Cultural Resource Consulting, New York, NY

 

 

 

2002 Phase I/II Geomorphological Assessment Characterization of Potential for Phase I and Phase II Cultural Resources Survey of an Eight Mile Gas Pipeline Corridor for Williams-Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Corporation's Proposed Trenton Woodbury Expansion Project, Mercer & Burlington Counties, New Jersey. Report submitted to BHE Environmental Group, Inc., Cincinnati, OH

 

 

 

2001 Phase 1A Supplemental Geomorphological Study and Geological Reconnaissance of the Black Creek Site (28-Sx-297), Vernon Township, Sussex County, New Jersey and Lithic Analysis of Artifacts Associated with the Black Creek Site Collected by Richard Patterson. Report submittd to Township of Vernon, NJ

Publications


In press

 

Minchak, S., Subsistence activities at quarries and quarry-related workshops: Testing the Holmes and Bryan alternatives with blades from the Gault Site, in Brewer-LaPorta, M., Burke, A., and Field, D., (eds.), Ancient Mines and Quarries: A Trans-Atlantic Perspective, Oxbow Press, Oxford, U.K.

 

 

 

In press

 

LaPorta, P.,Minchak, S., and Brewer-LaPorta, M., The life history of prehistoric quarry instruments excavated from the Skene motion and workshop: Hartford Basin, Champlain Valley, New York in Brewer-LaPorta, M., Burke, A., and Field, D., (eds.), Ancient Mines and Quarries: A Trans-Atlantic Perspective, Oxbow Press, Oxford, U.K.

 

 

 

2006 Minchak, S., Subsistence activities at quarries and quarry-related workshops: Testing the Holmes and Bryan alternatives with blades from the Gault Site [abs.] Society for American Archaeology Abstracts, v. 71, p. 282

 

 

 

2006 Conrow, M., LaPorta, P., and Minchak, S., The life history of prehistoric quarry instruments excavated from the Skene motion and workshop: Hartford Basin, Champlain Valley, New York [abs.]: Society for American Archaeology, Abstracts, v. 71, p. 109

 

 

 

2006 Brewer, M., LaPorta, P., and Minchak, S., Petrofabric constraints on quarry development and stone tool design: North central Appalachians [abs.]: Society for American Archaeology Annual Meeting Abstracts, v. 71, p80

 

 

 

2006 LaPorta, P., and Minchak, S., Alternative lithic materials in southeastern New York: Evidence of prehistoric quarrying in bedrock and glacial quartzite [abs.]: Society for American Archaeology Abstracts, v. 71, p. 242

 

 

 

2005 Minchak, S., Quarry sites: Modeling extraction, maintenance, and subsistence through differing resolution [abs.]: Society for American Archaeology Abstracts, v. 70, p. 205

 

 

 

2004 Minchak, S., Use-wear analysis on Clovis blades from the Gault Site, Bell County, Texas [abs.]: Society for American Archaeology Abstracts, v. 69, p.236

 

 

 

2002 Minchak, S., and LaPorta, P., The Gilpin Falls Member of the James Run Volcanic Group: A Cambro-Ordovician, radiolarian chert, Paleoindian quarry site [abs.]: Society for American Archaeology Abstracts, v.67,p. 205.

 

 

 

2000 Brewer, M., Minchak, S., and LaPorta, P., A mineral resource approach to raw material analysis and quarry investigations: Examples from the central Appalachians [abs.]: Society for American Archaeology Annual Meeting Abstracts, v.65, p. 64

Continued Education


1998 Drew University Field School, Ecuador, Maria Masucci, Drew University, Principal Investigator. Learned South American Archaeology, ceramics, and midden geoarchaeology

 

 

 

1997 Montclair State University Field School, Sussex, NJ, USA, Stanley Walling, MSU, Principal Investigator. Learned northeastern archaeology and geoarchaeology on a prehistoric quarry


***Last Updated: Spring, 2014 by Margaret Brewer-LaPorta

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