Cultural Resources Specialist
Dr. Ellen Chapman is an archaeologist especially focused on improving archaeological stewardship and approaches at the intersection of public policy, cultural resource management, and academic archaeology. Ellen provides clients with guidance on government affairs, cultural resources, and historic preservation issues. With a background in public archaeology and archaeological human remains, she is particularly interested in how projects engage communities, preserve our shared heritage, and respect the dignity of human burial sites.
Section 106 Consultation
Ellen helps clients navigate substantive issues within the National Historic Preservation Act’s Section 106 consultation process. She reviews cultural resources reports and documentation, recommends strategies for addressing client needs, and participates in developing creative win-win outcomes for challenging projects.
At Cultural Heritage Partners we recognize that indigenous heritage must be defined by each community and guided by its values. Ellen provides tribe-specific cultural resources review for Section 106 projects, guidance and policies to improve tribal consultation with federal and state agencies, and strategy to improve stewardship of tribal heritage impacted by federal projects.
Ellen develops research, tools, and analysis used to advocate for increased support for the national historic preservation program, including support for preservation funding, advocacy for specific legislation, and comments for federal rulemakings.
Ellen graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a Bachelor of Art degree in Archaeology, from Durham University with a Master in Science in Paleopathology, and from the College of William & Mary with a PhD in Anthropology. Ellen has conducted archaeological research in Alabama, California, Missouri, Nevada, Virginia, the United Kingdom, India, and Bermuda. She is currently writing a book based on her dissertation, examining the stewardship and community value of archaeology in Richmond, Virginia. In 2015, she consulted with Colonial Williamsburg to design and build a replica of an 18th century articulated skeleton. She likes spending her free time gardening and perfecting new cocktail recipes.