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The Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs is bidding farewell to archaeologist Craig Lukezic who will depart the agency on Dec. 21, 2018. Lukezic will open a new career-chapter on Jan. 7, 2019 when he begins work as a cultural resource manager/natural scientist at the Naval Air Station Patuxent River in St. Mary’s County, Md. His responsibilities will include management of issues related to historical properties within the U.S. government.
Since 2003, Lukezic has served as a historic archaeologist for the division’s State Historic Preservation Office where he was primarily involved in conducting Section 106 project reviews which provide guidance to federal agencies on the presence or absence of historic properties in a project area, and on ways that adverse effects to historic properties might be avoided or mitigated. Additional highlights from Lukezic’s work with the division include the establishment of the Early Colonial Symposium of the Delaware Valley, and significant contributions to archaeological investigations of the Roosevelt Inlet Shipwreck; and at the Avery’s Rest, Fort Casimir, Fort Christina and Wildcat Manor sites.
Outside the division, Lukezic has served as the president of the Archaeological Society of Delaware since 2011 and has taught as an adjunct professor at Delaware State University and Roanoke College. In 2013, he served as co-chair of the New Sweden 375th Anniversary Conference and was a guest speaker at the ATfort conference in the Netherlands. In 2011, the Archaeological Society of Virginia named him as its Out-of-State Archaeologist of the Year.