Peter B. Mires

Principal Investigator Emeritus
Ph.D., Geography, 1988

Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, Louisiana


Geographic Expertise: North America


Specialties: Architectural History, Cultural Landscapes, Geographic Field Methods, Historical Archaeology, Historic Preservation Law


Dr. Mires received his B.A. with dual majors in anthropology and history from the University of New Hampshire, his M.A. in anthropology from the University of Arkansas, and his Ph.D. in geography from Louisiana State University. Although he is interested in all aspects of cultural resource management, his expertise is decidedly historical. He became an active member of the Society for Historical Archaeology in 1980, and subsequently expanded his research interests to include above-ground (architectural) resources. Peter first came to the western Great Basin and Sierra Nevada in 1990 and has been fascinated with the region, particularly its mining landscape, ever since. He has served as principal investigator on a variety of projects, including an architectural and archaeological assessment of Columbia National Historic Landmark, a remarkably well-preserved California Gold Rush town. His publications include several books, more than 50 professional articles and reviews, and over 100 research reports to international, federal, and state agencies, as well as to private industry. Peter is listed on the Register of Professional Archaeologists (RPA) and is permitted in both California and Nevada.