PennDOT CRM Staff

Ira Beckerman

Chief of Cultural Resources
ibeckerman@pa.gov
(717) 772-0830
Ira Beckerman has been the head of the Cultural Resources Group since 1998. Trained as an archaeologist (Ph.D. Anthropology, Penn State, 1986), he has worked as a field archaeologist in Mexico, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. His 25 years of transportation experience is split between PennDOT and (previously) the Maryland State Highway Administration. Dr. Beckerman’s research interests include archaeological predictive modeling, pre-contact Eastern North America, and GIS. He is a member of the Society for American Archaeology, a former member of the Transportation Research Board’s Archaeology and Historic Preservation Committee, and has served on panels for TRB and American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO).