Centennial Archaeology brings the collective energy and expertise of the region’s top archaeologists and cultural historians to each and every project.


President - Principal Investigator/archaeologist

Ms. Gensmer holds an M.A. degree in Anthropology with a Historical Archaeology specialization from Colorado State University (2012).  She has six years of professional experience in Colorado, Wyoming, and North Dakota performing historic and archaeological investigations for highway, mining, wind energy, well field, and pipeline projects as well as construction monitoring related to historic site stabilization.  Her expertise includes historic and prehistoric site survey and excavation, Level II and HABS/HAER documentation, historic structure documentation and assessment, archival research, historic and prehistoric artifact analysis, archaeological textile analysis, and technical document preparation.

Christopher C. Kinneer

vice president - Lead principal investigator/archaeologist

Mr. Kinneer holds an M.A. degree in Anthropology/Archaeology from Colorado State University (2007).  He has 16 years of professional experience, and has acted as a project director on numerous projects in the southern Rocky Mountains and western Great Plains regions.  He also has archaeological field experience in the northern Midwest and Southwest regions of the United States, and international experience in South Asia.  His expertise includes direction of large-scale survey, test excavation, and full-scale excavation projects, laboratory analysis of lithic and ground stone artifacts, CAD graphics, and GIS applications. In addition, Mr. Kinneer has contributed to numerous environmental assessments and environmental impact statements, and has authored or co-authored approximately 50 technical reports.


emeritus PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/archaeologist

Dr. Zier holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Anthropology/Archaeology from the University of Colorado (1976, 1981). He is the founder of Centennial Archaeology and was the owner from 1984-2014. He has 40 years of professional experience including the past 33 years as a self-employed cultural resource management (CRM) contractor.  He has acted as principal investigator for over 200 projects.  He has directly supervised archaeological survey, testing, and excavation projects throughout the Rocky Mountain West, has contributed to dozens of environmental assessments and environmental impact statements, and has authored or co-authored approximately 200 technical reports.  He has also conducted archaeological fieldwork in Central America, Central Africa, and Central and South Asia, and paleontological fieldwork in North Africa. His expertise includes business administration, direction of field and laboratory investigations, technical report writing, National Register of Historic Places evaluations, EIS and EA studies, and regional management plans.

eva M. donkin

Project director/historian

Ms. Donkin holds an M.A. from the University of Colorado Denver (2014) where she centered her studies in American and Public History as well as Historic Preservation under the supervision of Tom Noel.  She also received a B.A. from Colorado State University (2006) with an emphasis in Historical Archeology.  Ms. Donkin has three years of professional experience in historical and archeological research, investigation, and assessment for highway and pipeline projects in Colorado and Wyoming and construction monitoring where she worked to ensure the preservation and stabilization of historic and archeological sites.  Her expertise centers on archival and historical research and the investigation of architecture, social and cultural patterns in American history, and preservation. 

benjamin F. Perlmutter

project director/archaeologist

Mr. Perlmutter holds an M.A. in Anthropology/Archaeology from Colorado State University (2015).  He has over 5 years professional experience in Colorado and Wyoming working on both historic and prehistoric archaeological sites.  He has served as field director for extensive prehistoric and historic survey projects in South Park, Colorado.  On these projects, he worked actively with local volunteers, providing training in survey methodology and regional prehistory, as well as promoting archaeological site stewardship to interested members of the community.  He also has field experience conducting survey and excavation in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern United States.  His expertise includes archaeological survey and excavation, lithic analysis, high-altitude archaeology, and technical report preparation.