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Name: Aaron Colgrove
Last Updated: 2020-01-20
Phone #: 9132005903
Address: 586 South Walnut Street
Gardner, KS 66030
Aaron Colgrove
586 South Walnut Street, Gardner, Kansas 66030

Computational Archaeologist

Qualifications Profile

Detail-oriented, results-driven, and performance-focused professional, with progressive experience in archeology within museum or field settings.

Areas of Expertise

Data Collection and Analysis
Project Management
Field Preservation
Research Design Implementation
Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Remote Piloting
Artifact Dating

Professional Experience

Gardner Historical Museum - Gardner, KS
Archaeologist Jun 2015ĖJul 2019
Maintained active engagement in efforts to update and present instructional programs aiming to inform on the social, environmental, and evolutionary contexts of museum artifacts
Took part in educating and distributing information to the public; evaluating artifacts; and preserving and displaying important artifacts to support the creation of instructional exhibitions
Migrated existing paper archival and inventory systems to digital platform to optimize existing storage methods and infrastructure for preventative conservation
Developed institutional framework to protect historical artifacts
Determined and guided visitors on historic and Folk Victorian architecture, artifacts, and features that highlight Gardnerís early heritage
Mentored museum staff regarding proper artifact handling, data entry, curation, and identification processes
Acted as project coordinator for the museumís Standards and Excellence Program through the American Association for State and Local History
Presided over a Public Archaeology Program for local children and various public speaking events
Delivered expert archaeological assessments for local citizens who believed they had heritage on their property

Icarus Archaeology LLC - Gardner, KS
Archaeologist Mar 2018ĖMar 2019
Headed all aspects of archaeological survey and reporting, encompassing field research, data collection, inventory analysis, site recording, archaeological testing, and data recovery
Carried out archaeological evaluation and generated survey and excavation reports, site recording forms, research designs, permit applications, and other technical documents
Executed business development strategies that included producing proposals and statements of qualifications, presenting to clients, and engaging with professional networking activities
Made use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and traditional archaeological surveys and investigations for survey and mapping of archaeological sites
Drove public awareness of archaeology, heritage, and historical sites through lectures and programs
Offered value-added damage assessments, recommendations, and strategies to preserve heritage sites and historic cemeteries

R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates - Lawrence, KS
Archaeologist III Apr 2017
Oversaw all aspects of archaeological survey and reporting including field research, data collection, inventory, analysis site recording, archaeological testing, and data recovery
Took charge of conducting archaeological evaluation, drafting survey and excavation reports, as well as preparing site recording forms, research designs, permit applications, and other technical documents
Applied a variety of business development strategies such as preparation of proposals and statements of qualifications, client presentations, and active engagement in professional networking activities
Steered efforts in forming the Harris Matrix illustrations, which aided in identifying archaeological features for piece plotting
Employed standard archaeological methodology in field surveying, shovel testing of 1m x 1m test pits, and field cataloging of artifacts recovered
Missouriís Civil War Heritage Foundation - St. Louis, MO
Archaeologist Mar 2013
Supervised research and archaeological investigations, including survey, recovery, and recording, to locate subsurface metallic items at a civil war battle site
Utilized metal detectors, handheld unit, and electronic data collector in classifying each item or location recorded on data recorder through unique coordinated and established identification code
Oversaw and mentored college students on proper surveying techniques at civil war battle site in Missouri as the crew chief
Trained and monitored students on proper use of metal detecting tools, hand tools such as spades and trowels, and documentation of artifacts found


Master of Science in Geographic Information Sciences: In Progress, Expected Completion Date: March 2021
with Concentration in Drone Remote Sensing and Mapping, GPA: 4.0
Relevant Coursework: UAV Photogrammetry, Cartographic Design, Remote Sensing, and Project Management
University of Denver | Denver, CO

Certification in Geographic Information Systems: 2019
GPA: 4.0
University of Denver | Denver, CO

Bachelor of Arts in Archaeology: 2016
with Concentration in Historic Archaeology and Heritage Preservation
Leicester Award for Employability: Personal Development and Online Networking
Leicester Award for Employability: Student's Union Leadership Award
University of Leicester United Kingdom | Leicester, ENG, UK

Professional Development

Certified Archaeology Field School | Fool Chiefís Village, Kansas Anthropological Association
Part 107 Remote Pilot-in-Command Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems | Federal Aviation Administration

3D and Photogrammetry Workshop | Society for Historical Archaeology
X-Radiography Training | Society for American Archaeology

Professional Affiliations

Society for American Archaeology
Society for Historical Archaeology
The Imaging and Geospatial Information Society
Archaeological Society of Virginia

Awards and Honors

JROTC Citation and Medal Award, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States
General Ira C. Eaker Award, Civil Air Patrol
Amelia Earhart Award, Civil Air Patrol
General Billy Mitchell Award, Civil Air Patrol


Presenter, Nike Elementary School
Presenter, Starlight Elementary
Presenter, Madison Elementary School
Presenter, Gardner Elementary
Field and Laboratory Technician, Kansas Anthropological Association
Field Technician, Kansas City Archaeological Society
Classroom Speaker, Bonner Springs Elementary School
Field and Laboratory Technician, University of Missouri-Kansas City
Field Technician, Quality Services Inc.
Club Regional Career Conference Speaker, 4H Club
Field Technician, Missouri Civil War Heritage

Technical Acumen

Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, and Access) | Esri (ArcGIS, ArcMap, and ArcCatalog) | Pix4D | Blender | ERDAS | Drone Deploy


Colgrove, A. (2019). Eyes in the Sky: the use of drone technology in archaeology. Kansas City Archaeological Society, Kansas City, Missouri
Colgrove, A. (2018). Archaeology in your own backyard. Neosho County Community College, Ottawa, Kansas

Research Project

Colgrove, A. (2017). Spatial analysis report to identify suitable grizzly bear habitats within the North Cascades National Park. Heartland Heritage Consulting, Gardner, Kansas
Colgrove, A. (2015). Hell's to pay when Shelby's on a raid": the battle of Marshall, Missouri, October 13, 1863. Missouriís Civil War Heritage Foundation, St. Louis, Missouri
Colgrove, A. (2014). A "desperate and bloody" fight: The battle of Moore's Mill, Callaway County, Missouri, July 28, 1862. Missouriís Civil War Heritage Foundation, St. Louis, Missouri
Colgrove, A. (2013). Gradiometer investigations of the Steed-Kisker phase smithís fork site 23cl0223 Smithville lake. Clay County, Missouri
Colgrove, A. (2013). Gradiometer investigations of the west building Shawnee Indian mission 14jo0362 Kansas State historic and national register of historic places site. Johnson County, Kansas
Colgrove, A. (2012). In search of Fort Africa: Archaeological testing and re-evaluation of sites 23BT1130 and 23BT1131 Battle of Island Mound State Historic Site. Bates County, Missouri
Colgrove, A. (2012). New evidence about Kansa from excavations of fool chiefís village. Kansas Anthropological Association, Topeka, Kansas


Colgrove, A. (2016). Voices from the past: A historical archaeological investigation into the life of a prisoner in a prisoner of war camp during the American civil war. University of Leicester. Leicester, United Kingdom.


2019 Project Name: Four Corners Cemetery, McCamish Township, Kansas
Role: Lead Archaeologist
Overview/Objective: Survey and damage assessment of abandoned pioneer era cemetery for the local township and for the state of Kansas.

2019 Project Name: Pleasant Valley Cemetery, McCamish Township, Kansas
Role: Lead Archaeologist
Overview/Objective: Survey and damage assessment of abandoned pioneer era cemetery for the local township and for the state of Kansas.

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