Christopher Dore

Program Consultant, Heritage Business International


  • BA (Washington State U., 1982, Anthropology)
  • MA (U. Pennsylvania, 1986, Anthropology)
  • PhD (U. New Mexico, 1996, Anthropology)
  • MBA (U. Arizona, 2007, Business Administration)

Research Interests


  • Heritage business management, geospatial and quantitative methods, built environment, ethnoarchaeology, applied archaeology, Mesoamerica.


  • Strategies, tactics, and business models of heritage management in a global economy.
  • Long-term relationships between built environment morphology, space use, and organizational dynamics at the community scale in Xculoc, Campeche, Mexico.
  • Large-site site structure and prehistoric community organization at Sayil, Yucatan, Mexico.
  • Changes in agricultural systems, land use, and economic stratification in the ejido of Xculoc, Campeche, Mexico.


Dr. Dore is a consulting archaeologist specializing in the business of heritage management.  Dr. Dore's private-sector career experience includes working in executive and senior management positions for international heritage and environmental consulting firms. He currently works for Heritage Business International, L3C, a social enterprise venture dedicated to strengthing heritage organizations through sustainable capacity building, heritage business education, and providing industry data. He also serves as an expert witness on high-profile criminal and civil cases involving archaeological resources.

Dr. Dore believes that professional service is a fundamental responsibility of being a contemporary anthropologist. He has devoted much of his career to serving colleagues and the profession, highlighted by service as Treasurer of the Society for American Archaeology, President of the American Cultural Resources Association, and Editor of Advances in Archaeological Practice:  A Journal of the Society for American Archaeology ​for which he received an SAA Presidential Recognition Award in 2012. He also received the Asa T. Hill Memorial Award from the Nebraska State Historical Society in 2014 for outstanding contributions to Plains archaeology. In this case, the award was for completing the first state-wide archaeological site/survey GIS database in the United States for the State of Nebraska in 2004. He is currently the President-elect of the Register of Professional Archaeologists and the Treasurer of Archaeology Southwest.

Within the Department of Archaeology, he can be found mentoring and working with students on an individual basis, serving on graduate student committees, providing guest lectures to classes, and supervising students in ARCH551 Heritage Business Management. Dr. Dore is available to students interested in the business of heritage management, geospatial technologies, behavior and the built environment, and Maya archaeology. Because he is infrequently on campus, he encourages interested students to take the initiative to reach out and contact him.

​Dr. Dore currently seeks student and professional collaborators to work with him on two data sets on settlement structure and community organization that are unique to Maya studies. One holds data from a large, site-wide systematic surface collection of the archaeological site of Sayil, Yucatan, Mexico. The second has community-scale ethnoarchaeological data on observed behavior and built-environment variability in the village of Xculoc, Campeche, Mexico. While the Xculoc data were collected to address questions about community organization, they can be used to address many questions regarding domestic life, economics, labor, family structure, activities, gender, etc., etc.