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  Archaeologists are the detectives of time and history. I look forward to solving project mysteries and presenting outcomes to our clients.

Michelle Cross

Cultural Resources Lead

Sacramento, California

Michelle is a registered professional archaeologist who loves exploring the depths of a project’s historical aspects. She meets the Secretary of the Interior’s standards for conducting and supervising all phases of investigations, and she’s well versed in the requirements of Section 106 of the NHPA and the California Environmental Quality Act, having managed archaeological assessments, Phase I, II, and III excavations, and architectural history investigations.

As a principal investigator for archeology on large scale projects in the energy, transportation, and development sectors, Michelle has honed her skills as a project manager and expert in archaeology, historical archaeology, and cultural resources management.

Overseeing our cultural resources program management for the western United States, Michelle is also active in the Society of California Archaeology (Northern California), where she works to advocate for archaeology on a local and state level.

When she’s not working, you’ll find Michelle in the trails of the American River Parkway in Sacramento or the Sierra Nevada mountains and foothills. She’s an avid runner and enjoys the outdoors with her husband and two children. 

If you’re in the archaeological field, make sure to keep up to date with the recent changes to the California Environmental Quality Act regarding AB-52, which requires tribal consultation and identification of tribal resources for all state projects.


The Society for American Archaeology hosted my presentation on the replacements, updates, and improvements to San Francisco transportation corridors in 2015

My presentation for the Utilities Roundtable on Cultural Resources 2014 in Sacramento, California, charted the history of electrical and industrial development in California during the early 20th century.

I was one of two American archaeologists selected to travel to China and explore and learn about the area of Xi’an, and that led to a one-hour documentary that airs nationwide on local PBS stations

During the Central Freeway Replacement Project, I was lead author on a public interpretation pamphlet that was circulated throughout San Francisco to share the results of our on-site cultural resources studies

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