About HPEM

The Team

Martin McAllister was a Forest Archaeologist for the United States Forest Service from 1974 to 1985, during which time he provided damage assessment expertise for the agency’s archaeological violation cases. After leaving the Forest Service in 1985, he formed a private archaeological consulting firm specializing in archaeological damage assessment. Between 2002 and 2003, Mr. McAllister and Mr. Wayne Dance (Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Utah) organized a Society for American Archaeology (SAA) professional conference on the determination of archaeological value. This conference resulted in the development of the SAA’s “Professional Standards for the Determination of Archaeological Value” that were formally adopted in November of 2003. He is also the author of National Park Service Technical Brief 20, Archaeological Resource Damage Assessment: Legal Basis and Methods, an additional set of professional standards published electronically in 2007. Based on his more than 40 years of experience in archaeological damage assessment, Mr. McAllister has been accepted as a member of the Forensic Expert Witness Association (see his profile on the “Find a Forensic Expert Witness” page of their website at https://forensic.org/find-an-expert/). In 2018, he was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 83rd Annual SAA Conference for his lifetime’s work of preserving the Nation’s Heritage.

Investigator David Griffel is a retired USDA Forest Service Special Agent who has 32 years of experience as an investigator. Twenty of these are in archaeological resource protection. He retired from the Forest Service in 2010 and began working with Mr. McAllister’s private firm. He has participated in most of the damage assessments since that time and serves as an instructor for HPEM’s trainings. Mr. Griffel has co-authored two chapters in the recently published book “Forensic Archaeology: Multidisciplinary Perspectives.”

Brent Kober joined Mr. McAllister and his team in 2014 and shortly after they formed the Heritage Protection and Emergency Management (HPEM) team. Mr. Kober has been an archaeologist for 24 years. Since joining Mr. McAllister, he has participated in every damage assessment and is an instructor in HPEM’s trainings.

In 2019, HPEM found a new home at Cogstone who gratefully welcomed the entire team. Cogstone, which specializes in cultural and paleontological resources management has opened the possibility of incorporating the protection of paleontological resources into HPEM’s course curriculum. HPEM also has access to the services of Larry E. Murphy, maritime archaeologist and former Chief of the National Park Service’s Submerged Resources Center. We are committed to protecting our cultural resources, and we offer classes on investigating archaeological violations.