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Mr. Jason L. Parrish holds a B.A. in anthropology and a M.A. in Applied Anthropology from Mississippi State University (MSU).  He is a Registered Professional Archaeologist.  He has completed the Advisory Council of Historic Preservation's (ACHP) course in Section 106 procedures and review.  He also completed the "National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Transportation Decision Making" 18 Hr. Training Course given by the National Highway Institute.  Mr. Parrish exceeds the minimum qualifications for a professional archeologist as defined in Title 25, Part 1, Chapter 1, Subchapter A.102 of the Louisiana Administrative Code and the Archeologist Qualifications as published in the Louisiana Register on April 20, 1994, and meets the standards of the professional guidelines established by the Secretary of Interior for Archaeology.  Mr. Parrish's thesis, An Archaeological Investigation of Three Woodland Period Sites in the North Central Hills: 22WI536, 22WI588, and 22WI670, focuses on understanding the amount of variability among archaeological sites in north Mississippi and attempts to determine the main reason for this variability


Upon completion of his B.A., M r. Parrish was accepted into the Master of Arts Applied Anthropology graduate program at MSU.  He was selected by his instructors at MSU to attend the 2004 Archaeological Geophysical Prospection Workshop in Fort Smith, Arkansas, hosted by the National Park Service.  Mr. Parrish participated in a private research project that focused on archaeological predictive modeling.  This project was centered on State and Federal operated lands in Mississippi.  The goal of the project was to design a predictive model, using both an inductive and deductive approach, which can be applied to different physiographical regions.


In May 2006, Mr. Parrish accepted a position as Project Manager for ESI.  In the five years that he has been employed at ESI, Mr. Parrish has served as Project Manager on over 40 Phase I cultural resource surveys in Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, and Alabama.  In 2007, Mr. Parrish served as Project Manager on fifteen (15) Phase I natural gas pipeline surveys in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas.  In 2008, Mr. Parrish served as Project Manager nine (9) Phase I surveys in Louisiana and Mississippi, including the St. Martinville Bypass in St. Martin Parish, Louisiana, and the survey of State Road 601 in Harrison and Stone Counties, Mississippi, for the Mississippi Department of Transportation.


In 2009, Mr. Parrish served as Project Manager on eleven (11) Phase I surveys in Louisiana and Mississippi.  Eight (8) of these surveys were conducted for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans and Mobile Districts.  Also during 2009, Mr. Parrish served as Project Manager on two Mississippi Department of Transportation projects: the proposed State Route 9 in Pontotoc, and State Road 15 in Jasper and Jones Counties.  During 2010, Mr. Parrish conducted thirteen (13) Phase I cultural resources investigations, including: the proposed State Road 53 project in Harrison County, Mississippi, for the Mississippi Department of Transportation; the El Camino East/West Project in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana; Bayou DuPont Marsh Restoration project; and over 75 miles of pipeline survey


In 2011, Mr. Parrish conducted three Phase I cultural resources investigations in Louisiana and served as Project Manager on Phase II excavations and National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) testing of 12 prehistoric and multicomponent sites in northeast Texas.  This survey was conducted on the Red River Army Depot (RRAD) and the Lone Star Army Ammunition Plant (LSAAP), in Bowie County, Texas, under contract to the Mobile District, United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).  Mr. Parrish also served as Lithics Analyst on this project.  Additionally, Mr. Parrish served as Assistant Project Manager on a Phase II investigation of 16PL153, the remains of a drainage machine located at Woodland Plantation (16PL157), Plaquemine Parish, Louisiana.


He has authored or co-authored more than 70 technical reports based on his investigations.


Project Manager

JASON L. PARRISH,

M.A., RPA