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Charlane Gross, M.A., RPA


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Charlane Gross

M.A., Social Science,
San Jose State University, 1991

B.A., Anthropology,
University of California, Berkeley, 1987

2001-2007:  Extensive additional training through the National Preservation Institute, Caltrans, and the University of Nevada, Reno.

Professional History

2011-Present, GrassRoots Environmental – Archaeologist/​Osteologist

2000-2011, AECOM (EDAW) – Senior Archaeologist

2000, N.J. Dept. of Environmental Quality – Staff Archaeologist

1986-2000, Various Firms – Archaeologist/​Project Osteologist


Society for California Archaeology
Society for American Archaeology


Register of Professional Archaeologists

Professional Background

With 25 years of management, field, and research experience on a wide variety of projects, Ms. Gross is well versed in all aspects of historic-era and prehistoric resource investigations and the requirements of CEQA, NEPA, Section 106, and Section 110 of the National Historic Preservation Act.

Ms. Gross has considerable expertise  in the development and production of cultural resources recordation and management documents including survey, testing, and data recovery reports, National Register evaluations, cultural resource chapters for numerous IS/MND, EIR, and EIS studies, General Plans and Specific Plans, and the drafting of burial and cultural resource treatment and management plans. 

Ms. Gross also has extensive large-scale project management experience and is highly skilled in agency, client, and Native American community coordination and consultation. While certified for Hazardous Waste Operations, Ms. Gross has provided research, identification, excavation, and treatment for Superfund and other hazardous materials sites.

Burial recovery project

Ms. Gross specializes in human osteology and burial excavation methodologies  and her body of work includes both historic-era and prehistoric burial excavations, field identification, and lab analysis. She has supervised the research, excavation, site mapping, conservation, and interpretation for a number of prominent historic-era cemeteries.

As a project manager, Ms. Gross’ responsibilities include scope and budget preparation, client and agency coordination, Native American consultation, and supervision of all aspects of projects, as well as documentation of results. Ms. Gross has authored numerous reports, site evaluations, and historic property assessments and has a highly-developed understanding of project needs from the field through the reporting phases.

This experience stems from the participation in and management of projects throughout California, Nevada, Hawaii, Guam, Washington State, and the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic United States.


  • Human Osteology and Burial Excavation
  • Site Identification
  • Site Testing and Evaluation
  • Data Recovery and analysis
  • Lithic Analysis
  • Native American Consultation
  • Project Management
  • Construction Monitoring and Coordination
  • Worker Environmental Training