Ray Corbett, Ph.D., R.P.A.
Principal Investigator, Cultural Resources
As Registered Professional Archaeologist, Ray has worked on numerous cultural resource projects in southern California including archaeological survey, site monitoring and excavation. He also has formal training and experience implementing the Native American Graves Protection Act (NAGPRA) legislation, Federal compliance to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), as well as compliance to the regulations of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and California State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) procedures. In addition, he has diverse experience conducting formal consultation and collaboration with various Native American tribes, including the Chumash, Tongva, Tataviam, Fernandeño, and Cahuilla.
As Associate Curator of Archaeology at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Ray Corbett is a museum professional with extensive experience in presenting and interpreting Native American culture, lifeways, and oral traditions. He has published and presented seminars, lectures and workshops related to Native American material culture and aboriginal interaction and adaptation to the natural environment of southern California. He has presented to audiences ranging from elementary school groups to academic professionals. He also has extensive experience directing the curation and management of archaeological collections.