Client Testimonials

“The Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory has been working with Dovetail since 2012 on all manner of archaeological preservation projects. Their use of radiographic techniques in the understanding and curation of archaeological collections provides both analysis and cost savings for their clients. Dovetail has a true commitment to best practices in the care of cultural heritage.”

Nichole Doub

Head Conservator, Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory

“I would highly recommend Dovetail to anyone in need of archaeology or architectural history services. We have had extensive dealings with the firm, and they consistently deliver excellent work, on time, and for attractive rates. One especially appealing feature of Dovetail is their ability to craft exactly what is needed to gain approvals to move forward on projects. They are certainly a value-added company.”

Marc Hamel

Previous Southeast High Speed Rail Project Manager, NCDOT

“From the moment we started working together in 2008, Dovetail Cultural Resource Group has impressed me with their efficient, professional manner and “can do” attitude. They have completed multiple cultural resource surveys on the Southeast High Speed Rail corridor from Richmond, VA, to Raleigh, NC – a study area that includes more than 150 eligible or listed historic architectural resources and 15 archeology sites. Kerri Barile and her staff have repeatedly developed high quality reports that were well-received by both state historic preservation offices. Dovetail’s insights and recommendations have kept the Section 106 process moving smoothly and helped gain the trust of our consulting parties. I enthusiastically recommend them!“

Suzanne Unger Young

President, Three Oaks Engineering, Durham, North Carolina

“Dovetail has been a pleasure to work with. Deep staff knowledge in areas of expertise is obvious in work products and deliverables. Coordination with client and project shareholders has been top notch. Potential issues affecting project schedule/cost have been clearly communicated to client and issues have always been resolved. I would not hesitate to recommend Dovetail for projects with similar cultural/historical resource components.”  

Randy Selleck

Assistant Project Manager, DRPT, Richmond, Virginia

“I have used Dovetail Cultural Resource Group (Dovetail) as a subconsultant since 2009, and have always had an excellent experience. They have always been timely with their submissions and have never requested a contract modification unless there was a material change in the work requested of them. Their work is thorough and has always met the requirements of our clients. Whenever possible, I prefer to use them as the subcontractor for our cultural resources work. With regards to the specific project being evaluated, we were specifically asked by our client (the Virginia Department of Military Affairs) to work with Dovetail, indicating that the agency is also highly satisfied with their work. I’ve never experienced unacceptable performance from Dovetail.”

Susan Liszeski

EEE Consulting, Inc. (now Wetland Studies and Solutions), Richmond, Virginia

“Dovetail’s staff is professional, courteous, and efficient. They provide good work for a fair price. In my opinion, this firm produces some of the best cultural resource work in the state.”

Wendy Wheatcraft

Preservation Planner, Fauquier County, Virginia

“Dovetail has done exceptional work for us and has communicated well with staff. Their digs are well organized and, importantly, they interact with our visitors. Their reports are thorough and they remain interested in the site, connecting us to findings at other sites.”

Leslie L. Buhler

Former Executive Director, Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, Washington DC

“Simply put, I can’t say enough good things about Dovetail’s performance on our DC2RVA project – their knowledge of the technical issues, regulations, and relationships with multiple agencies, plus a well-earned reputation for quality of work, played a large role in allowing our project to advance to a Record of Decision.  In addition to providing excellent technical work, Dovetail provided invaluable assistance in dealing with several sensitive issues and stakeholder concerns.”

Carey Burch

Senior Program Manager (retired), HDR, Richmond, Virginia

“What is notable about their work, consistently, is the extra-value decisions and refinement of their deliverables. For example, Dovetail might call to offer specialized archaeological methods that are familiar and readily available to them, on the fly, that was not part of our written contracts because they would be the most appropriate, insightful, or would save time and money. Another example showed as surprise and delight from a regional ceramic expert that viewed artifacts curated by Dovetail and was impressed by the high quality, suitable preparation of several fragile reconstructed historic vessels.

I might add, too, that Dovetail is a leader to other companies and institutions that conduct cultural resource management. They regularly produce internet blogs suitable to the public and professionals, organize and present at professional conferences, and demonstrate state of the art and best practices workshops for the benefit of clients and the professional community.”

Brian Overton

Archaeologist, NCDOT, Raleigh, North Carolina

“I am pleased to be a reference for Dovetail Cultural Resources Group.  I have hired Dovetail as a subcontractor on our projects to assist our clients cultural resource needs for approximately 9 years and intend to engage them for many more.  Dovetail is very responsive to its client’s needs and works to understand the goals of the project.  They are great team players.  Dovetail’s extensive knowledge of historic and cultural resource regulations at the state and federal levels was instrumental in moving our referenced Cecil County project forward.  The president, Kerri Barile, is very well spoken and does an excellent job presenting often complicated and detail information in a manner that lay people can understand.  Her presence, demeanor, and overall presentation was influential at moving our project forward at the local level. I highly recommend Dovetail for your cultural resource needs.”

T. Andy Stansfield, Jr.

Vice President, Geo-Technology Associates, Inc., Abingdon, Maryland