Tom Becker M.A., R.P.A.

Project Archaeologist


Tom has worked as an archaeologist for 17 years, and has worked as a Project Archaeologist for AAR for almost 10 years.  Since joining AAR, he has directed or assisted with over 200 monitoring, surveying, and excavation projects throughout Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, including large scale transmission line, pipeline, and hydroelectric relicensing projects.   He has experience with NEPA, Section 4(f), and Section 106, and has demonstrated a thorough understanding of these and other regulations while serving as the Cultural Resources Manager for the Columbia River Crossing project since 2009.  He is thoroughly versed in the prehistory of the Pacific Northwest, specializing in shellfish identification from coastal midden sites.  He has also worked internationally in Ghana, Israel, Nicaragua, and Suriname, where he served as the field director on the Maroon Heritage Research Project 2000-4.


I like to claim being a Portland native, as I was born here, but moved to Lebanon (town, not country) at the age of 2 where I remained through high school.  I attended college in Honolulu and McMinnville, before moving back to Portland in 1998 to attend Portland State.  When my dreams of playing in the NBA were dashed (kidding, I still hope to be the oldest rookie in NBA history) I pursued a career in archaeology due to my love of dinosaurs and designing buildings.  Severely disappointed to find out my degree would not help me pursue those loves, I have come to enjoy the variety of projects and project locations while working in CRM in the Pacific Northwest.


M.A., Anthropology, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon, 2004

B.A., Anthropology, Linfield College, Linfield, Oregon, 1994

His thesis can be viewed through the link below:

Professional Accomplishments

Tom presented a poster at the 2013 Northwest Anthropological Conference on a unique prehistoric site in the Portland Basin.

Register of Professional Archaeologists (2007-present)

Society for American Archaeology (2008 – present)

Association of Oregon Archaeologists (2000 – present)

Association of Washington Archaeologists (2004 – present; President from 2007-2011)


Away from work, I enjoy all the stereotypical Portland things – hiking, gardening, family, food and beverages, and growing ironic mustaches.