Who We Are

The Archaeological Research Cooperative was incorporated in 2005 as a 501 (C) 3 to enable archaeological research in the Western Hemisphere.  Currently the Board and members consist of three of us:

David Thulman, J.D., Ph.D. is President, Director of the ARCOOP

David Thulman, received his PhD in Anthropology from Florida State University in 2006. He received his J.D. from George Washington University 1982, and his B.A. Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania, 1978.   Thulman is an Assitant Professorial Lecturer in the Anthropology Department at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and teaches Ethics & Cultural Property, North American Archaeology, and Human Rights & Ethics.

Thulman’s research focuses on social and economic issues, typologies, and general early New World archaeology, especially the social processes that create chronological and spatial patterns of consistency and variation in material culture.  In particular, he is interested in the phenomena of regionalization and boundary maintenance and the social mechanisms that facilitate the spread of ideas, as manifested in material culture, within and across regions.  

Michael K. Faught, Ph.D. is a  Vice President and the Treasurer of the ARCOOP

Michael K. Faught is a Geoarchaeological Specialist with SEARCH, Inc.  Michael holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Arizona, Tucson, he has worked on and directed terrestrial archaeology projects in the desert Southwest, with the University of Arizona, Desert Archaeology, and Old Pueblo Archaeology, and underwater archaeology projects in Florida, New York, Massachusetts, Georgia, Texas, Mexico, Puerto Rico, St. Croix, and St. Thomas. Publications, and other details of Michael’s research interests can be seen at mfaught.org

Theresa Schober is a Vice President and Board Member of the ARCOOP


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 Currently an ABT, PhD candidate at University of Florida, her professional and research interests include heritage resource development and management, public education in archaeology, hunter-gatherer adaptations to coastal ecosystems, changing patterns of diet and health with culture contact, and historic preservation.

Originally from western Canada, Schober has been in south Florida since 1998, conducting archaeological excavations and documenting a variety of south Florida shell mounds, shell middens, and mortuary sites. Her research is focused on the settlement and use of the Estero Bay estuarine system on Florida’s Gulf coast by the Calusa Indians including extensive investigations into how and how quickly mound sites were constructed.

Schober directed the restoration and exhibit development at Mound House and Newton Park on Fort Myers Beach, securing $4 million for educational, exhibit, and historic preservation initiatives and two awards from the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation. She serves as Vice President of the Florida Anthropological Society, member of the Lee County Historic Preservation Board, and most recently, as project director for a two-year programming partnership between the Lee Trust for Historic Preservation and the Florida Humanities Council exploring representations of the past entitled, Making History Memorable. Schober also serves as Principal Investigator for ARCOOP’s Getting to the Bottom of Mount Elizabeth project.