David grew up near a small agricultural community in eastern Washington. An early exposure to archaeology and his familiarity with land use issues instilled in him a curiosity regarding prehistoric peoples and their subsistence. This interest led to his undergraduate studies of archaeology and the pursuit and completion of a Master of Arts degree in Anthropology; specializing in archaeology. His studies included an emphasis in Columbia Plateau archaeology and prehistory with a focus on the Lower Snake River. He has received formal classroom and field training in many aspects of archaeological method, theory, and research including the Section 106 process, NEPA and historic properties, lithic analysis, faunal identification, and geo-archaeological method and theory.
David has worked for over 20 years as a professional archaeologist and has chosen to pursue and specialize in the archaeology of the Plateau Cultural groups. This has allowed him to follow his chosen vocation while using his multi-faceted knowledge of the region. His family has always been involved in agriculture, especially sheep, cattle, and some crops in decades past. His parents ventured into poultry and operated a hatchery and small butcher plant for many years. David’s favorite bird is the duck, both as farm livestock and when properly roasted, so it goes without saying that none shall besmirch ducks in the Plateau office. David currently lives in Pullman with his wife, Jenny. They are challenged to keep up with their three boys through Scouts, Legos, bicycles, the Wii, Geocaching, snow skiing, and other outdoor pursuits.