Bureau of Land Management

Duane Christian examining something
Duane Christian holding a mano (hand grinding stone)
Duane Christian

Bakersfield Field Office

"Richmond and the adjacent plantation country provided a wealth of historic information about the early colonial period and Civil War era."

Duane Christian, a native of Richmond, Virginia, spent his early years enjoying the “Old Dominion," the name given to Virginia by King Charles II when he regained the throne in 1660, after England's civil war.  Duane says his interest in archaeology began at an early age after being exposed to the voluminous amount of history that Virginia offers.  His family’s interest in history was also influential.  Duane has a bachelors degree in anthropology with a minor in sociology.

Duane has been a resident of Bakersfield since 1984 when he transferred from Arizona to California.  Up to then, he had served in several temporary positions with the BLM as an archaeologist.

He has been with the BLM for 25 years, although he initially started working for BLM in 1976.  After several years break, he returned to BLM in 1981.  

His first job for BLM was in Cedar City, Utah with the first assignment on the “hot desert archaeological survey” as part of the planning effort for range management.  From there, he went to the Salt Lake District where he was involved in various support programs as archaeologist.  He was later employed on the “Timber Draw Dam” excavation project for BLM in Safford, Arizona.  At the Lake Havasu Resource Area, he served as the first archaeologist developing the cultural program for the office.  Other duties included surface protection, recreation, processing mining plans of operation and notices, and team leader for the YACC on the Colorado River.

With the sundry duties associated with being program lead archaeologist in Bakersfield, Duane also has responsibilities for Native American coordination and paleontological resources management.  Additionally, he provides support to the Carrizo Plain National Monument.

Although he spends most of his time on planning and project support activities,  Duane considers the tangible items as being the most rewarding accomplishments.  This includes preservation and interpretive efforts that enriches the public’s appreciation of cultural resources.  Personally, Duane enjoys spending time with his children and five grandchildren, he is also particularly interested in dogs.  His best pal, Haydn, is a dachshund rescued from the streets of Bakersfield.

For more information concerning this feature story, contact Duane Christian by telephone 661-391-6080 or by e-mail
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