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Ashley E. Jones, Archaeologist

Ashley E. Jones, Archaeologist

ASHLEY E. JONES JOINS RABA KISTNER ENVIRONMENTAL AS ARCHAEOLOGIST (1/14/2016) Houston Raba Kistner has announced that Ashley E. Jones has joined the firm to serve as an archaeologist in the firm’s Houston office. She is currently participating in all of Raba Kistner’s archaeology projects in the Houston area, including archaeological investigations for the proposed Doris Road Bridge over US 59 in Fort Bend County, the North Houston Highway (I-45) Improvement project, and the IH-10 expansion in Beaumont.

Ashley brings four years of experience in archaeology to Raba Kistner, including projects from across Texas, the Southwestern United States, and Mexico. She has provided field and laboratory services for clients in the energy, education, and transportation sectors, among many others. Ashley has participated in a variety of projects, including pedestrian surveys, National Registry of Historic Places (NRHP) eligibility test excavations, and data recovery investigations of both prehistoric and historic archaeological sites. These projects include exploratory investigations at sites in New Mexico and Arizona, data recovery excavations at a prehistoric site in Ohio, and pedestrian surveys across Texas and Oklahoma. Ashley has also published or presented on archaeological studies conducted in Mexico and multiple locations across Texas, including Houston.

Ashley received a Master of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Texas at San Antonio and Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from the University of Virginia. Ashley is a member of the Society for American Archaeology, the Council of Texas Archaeologists, the Register of Professional Archaeologists, the Houston Archaeological Society, and the Women’s Transportation Seminar – Houston Chapter.

KYLE FIELD RENOVATION, RABA KISTNER AND PROJECT CONTROL PROJECT, COMES IN MORE THAN $1 MILLION UNDER BUDGET (1/13/2016) “Massive Kyle Field Renovation Projects Comes in More than $1 Million Under Budget” by Suzanne Halliburton, Austin American Statesman

SA-Const-News-Jan-16-RK-XmasRABA KISTNER’S SAN ANTONIO HOLIDAY PARTY FEATURED (1/2016) “Raba Around the Christmas Tree”, San Antonio Construction News

S-TX-Const-News---Jan-16---RGV-Panda-XmasRABA KISTNER UNDERWRITES MCALLEN HOLIDAY PARADE AND MANAGES FLOAT (1/2016) “Panda Christmas”, South Texas Construction News

Raba Kistner Environmental |Harrison House | Archaeology RABA KISTNER ACQUISITION OF RED RIVER ARCHAEOLOGY, CITY OF SELMA RESTORATION PROJECT FEATURED (12/26/2015) “Digging deeply: Area firm grows its archaeology services with acquisition”, by Jared Meisinger, The Herald-Zeitung

Selma-Community-Mag-Nov-Dec-15-Harrison-Pk-Natl-Nite-OutNATIONAL NIGHT OUT CELEBRATED IN SELMA PARK COMPLETED BY RABA KISTNER (12/15/2015) “National Night Out”, Selma Community Magazine

James Dedrick | Materials Testing Lab | Soil Testing Laboratories | Raba Kistner

James Dedrick, PE, Manager, Construction Materials Engineering

JAMES DEDRICK, PE, JOINS RABA KISTNER CONSULTANTS AS MANAGER OF CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS ENGINEERING IN AUSTIN (12/9/2015) AustinRaba Kistner Consultants, Inc. (Raba Kistner) has announced that James Dedrick, PE has accepted the position of Manager, Construction Materials Engineering and Testing services for the Austin office. Some of the projects on which Mr. Dedrick is currently managing construction materials testing and engineering services include Pflugerville High School #4, the University of Texas Replacement Office Building (ROB), Hutto South Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion, the Peregrine Hotel, among many others.

Mr. Dedrick’s main responsibilities include managing materials field and laboratory services, and performing construction materials testing engineering investigations and studies dealing with construction related issues in a timely and accurate manner. He is also tasked with coordinating and participating in field observations, classification and characterization of construction materials’ physical properties, assignment of laboratory and field tests, and interpretation of engineering data.

Mr. Dedrick brings more than 20 years of experience in engineering consulting, including construction management, geotechnical engineering, and construction materials engineering, testing, and inspection. His previous experience includes the residential, commercial, transportation, industrial, aviation, and renewable energy sectors. Mr. Dedrick holds a Master’s of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in Geotechnical Engineering and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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RRA with RKRABA KISTNER PURCHASES DALLAS-BASED RED RIVER ARCHAEOLOGY (12/7/2015) Dallas Dallas archaeology firm, Red River Archaeology (RRA), has been acquired by Raba Kistner, Inc., a project management, engineering, testing and environmental firm based in San Antonio, but operating in the Dallas area since 2009. RRA principals, Sarah M. Cole, MA, RPA, Principal Investigator, and Charles D. Neel, BA, Senior Archaeologist, are well known archaeological professionals in north Texas and Oklahoma. RRA has historically specialized in providing cultural resource compliance services to multiple engineering and environmental consulting firms, as well as energy and transportation sector clients in the Texas and Oklahoma markets.

“The combination of staff, experience and talents created by this acquisition will have a significant impact on the level of services that we can offer our clients – current and future,” said Cole. “Raba Kistner has a large statewide staff with increased geographic coverage, broadened research capabilities, resources, technology, and laboratories which will allow RRA to expand our reach and help provide our clients and project partners greater value in addressing their cultural resources compliance needs,” said Neel. Having accumulated a combined 90 years of experience in the archaeology of Texas and Oklahoma and having completed projects in nearly every county in the state of Oklahoma, Red River Archaeology staff are well respected in their field and well thought of by historical oversight agencies and project owners. They have solid business relationships with their clients who rely on their expertise and excellent service. Dr. Steve Tomka, the Cultural Rensources Program Director for Raba Kistner, is excited about the business and research opportunities offered by the new members of the team. “This acquisition is important to Raba Kistner, as it enhances our capability to provide archaeological professional services in this marketplace,” said Tomka. “This new affiliation gives Raba Kistner more internal scientific capabilities and strengthens our services platform from which we supply top level services to our clients throughout both regions. I’ve followed Red River Archaeology’s work for years and can’t think of a better group of archaeological scientists with which we could bolster our capabilities in the field.”

For more information about Raba Kistner’s archaeology services, please visit the RRA website at or Raba Kistner at

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“RK Acquires RRA”, by Sue Johnson, Construction News
“Raba Kistner Digs Deep, Strikes Gold in Acquisition of Red River Archaeology”, mergertech
“Digging deeply: Area firm grows its archaeology services with acquisition”, by Jared Meisinger, The Herald-Zeitung