These are the good people of HAZEx:

» Christopher Hazel

» Murat O’Hara

» Joel Rabinowitz

» Jonathan Gunderlach

» Samuel Trechter

Chris Hazel

Christopher Hazel

(607) 793 – 7949


My archaeological fieldwork experience spans the entire prehistoric to historic periods in the U.S., with specialization in documenting historic cemetery demography and pathology as well as prehistoric upland short-term occupations. Since 1992 I have worked with over twenty previously unexamined skeletal populations, documenting osteological data with a particular focus on infectious disease and metabolic disturbance. Many of these populations would otherwise never have been analyzed. Since 1996 I have recorded over one hundred upland sites, many in previously undocumented locales testing current theories of prehistoric site distribution.


- B.A. University of Chicago 1991: Anthropology with a focus on Physical Anthropology, Faunal Analysis, & Native American Ethnography.

- M.Sc. University of Bradford (UK) 1996: Physical Anthropology, Forensic Osteology & Funerary Archaeology.

-Registry of Professional Archaeologists 2000.

- 40 hour HAZWOPER training 2004.

Murat O'HaraMurat O’Hara


Murat has traveled and worked across three continents and is an experienced professional archaeologist with projects spanning the Northeast. He has a particular interest in North Country historic and prehistoric farmsteads but has also conducted volunteer battlefield archaeology. He specializes in road survey equipment through his company BLUECAT CYCLES.


-B.A. Anthropology, SUNY Potsdam

Joel RabinowitzJoel Rabinowitz


After obtaining his B.A. from Cornell University in 1973, Joel attended graduate school at the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied anthropology and archaeology. His fieldwork included three months in Peru, where he and colleagues conducted a survey of archaeological sites in the upper Chicama River valley. He received his M.A. in 1980. Joel’s career has mostly been in the field of institutional advancement for higher education. He worked in the development offices of both Cornell University and Ithaca College. At Ithaca College he served as Manager of Prospect Research and Tracking. Since 2004, he has worked with HAZEx on cultural resource management archaeological projects. Joel’s volunteer work has included serving on the board of the Finger Lakes Land Trust and Greensprings Natural Cemetery Association.

M.A., The University of Texas at Austin, 1980: Anthropology, with specialization in Archaeology

Jonathan GunderlachJonathan Gunderlach


After obtaining his B.A. from James Madison in 1999, Jon attended graduate school at Cornell University, where he studied public hisotry. His fieldwork included architectural survey of properties in the City of Binghamton, New York. Since 2007, he has worked with HAZEx on cultural resource management archaeological projects. Jon’s volunteer work has included helping with the formation of the Ithaca City Cemetery Association.


M.A., Cornell University, 1980: Historic Preservation Planning with a specialization in Architectural History

Samuel TrechterSamuel Trechter


Sam has worked in the investigation and communication of historical information for over half a decade and continues to inform the public throughout central New York and the Ithaca area specifically.


BA The Evergreen State College Education with specialization in History

MIT The Evergreen State College Social Studies Certification

Archaeological field school with Northwest Youth Corps