Douglas Mengers M.A., RPA, DPPH
Senior Archaeologist/Historian/Architectural Historian
Mr. Mengers earned an M.A. in Applied Anthropology from San Diego State University, and a B.A in Anthropology and History from University of California, San Diego. He also has an A.S. in Geographic Information Systems, from San Diego Mesa College.
Doug is a Registered Professional Archaeologist, Historian, and Architectural Historian with 11 years of experience focused in Southern California, with an emphasis in historical archaeology and the built environment. Mr. Mengers serves as principal investigator where he has lead multi-year, large-scale projects for SCE, BLM, SANDAG, SDG&E, and the City of San Diego. He has also completed smaller scope projects for Water Districts, Cities, Caltrans, and private clients. Doug performs all aspects of project management: job walks and WEAP training for clients and lead agencies, AB52/SR18 Native American consultation, Section 106/110, NRHP Evaluation, Historic Structure Evaluation, work plan development, field and post- field data interpretation for the preparation of technical reports and DPR forms. He creates plans for resource recommendations in compliance with NEPA and CEQA and authors technical reports, EIR/EIS cultural sections, and site records.
He is an expert in the identification, recording, and evaluation of historic structures/objects, historic artifact identification and conducting archival research on historic properties and neighborhoods. Mr. Mengers has designed and facilitated workshops examining glass bottle and tin can wear and use analysis and presented at professional conferences. He has conducted scholarly research on 100+ historic archaeological collections associated with the historic neighborhoods of San Diego, with special interest in “Trolley Neighborhoods”. His professional writings include his thesis, Tracks and Tracts in America’s Finest City: An Historical Archaeology of San Diego’s Early Trolley Suburbs and his book Images of Rail: San Diego Trolleys, published by Arcadia Press.