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About Cannon Heritage Consultants, Inc.

Cannon Heritage Consultants, Inc. (CHC) is a conveniently located cultural resource consulting firm in Logan, Utah that provides over 100 years of cumulative professional experience in cultural resource management in the western United States. We also have branch offices in Boise, Idaho and Flagstaff, Arizona. Our office locations allow us to act quickly and efficiently in serving the cultural resource needs of our clients. Dr. Kenneth Cannon, Director, brings over 25 years of experience in the lntermountain West to CHC where he has developed a reputation for providing quality archaeological services, and meeting schedule and budget commitments.

The company specializes in the documentation, testing and evaluation of archaeological and historic resources in accordance with state and federal regulations including Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and its applicable guidelines (36 CFR 800). Other services include Native American Tribal Consultation, NAGRPA, Geographic Information Science (GIScience), geophysical prospecting, historic preservation and architecture,HABS/HAER documentation, management plans, ethnographic overviews, NAGPRA consultation, and bioarchaeology.

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We have contracted Cannon Heritage Consultants to complete the cultural resources portion of NEPA reviews addressing grazing, winter recreation, and energy development over the past several years and found their support to be technically sound, timely, and cost effective. They are a great resource and a pleasure to work with.

— Neal Artz and Scott EvanCirrus Ecological Solutions, LC

I never hesitate to call upon the services of Ken and his staff. They are able to mobilize extremely quickly in order to meet very stringent turn-around times, and they provide ongoing communication throughout the duration of every project. From a quality perspective, they are detail-oriented and consistently go above and beyond minimum criteria, ensuring that regulatory compliance is met. Cannon Heritage Consultants has been a highly effective partner for us and we will continue to use them in the future.

— Valerie BeldingProject Scientist, Trileaf

 Services We Provide

Cannon Heritage provides a full range of services

Archaeological Surveys

CHC’s archaeologists have extensive experience in the conduct of archaeological survey, site inventory, and …

Data Recovery

Data Recovery is implemented when archaeological sites cannot be protected from development or …

Geophysics and Remote Sensing

CHC is able to offer geophysical prospecting through the use of three instruments.  A Fluxgate Gradiometer is used to provide magnetometer survey.


Geoarchaeology is an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the physical and cultural processes that affect the preservation of archaeological sites.

News & Projects

January 12, 2018

Dugway Proving Ground,Utah

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March 21, 2017

Snowbird Gad Valley Management Plan, Utah Countv. Utah

The Snowbird Ski Resort is undergoing a new management plan to update and expand existing facilities. CHC was contracted by Cirrus Ecological Solutions to conduct the cultural resource management portion for...
March 21, 2017

Ryegrass Creek Geophysical Survey, Elmore County. Idaho

The Idaho Chapter of the California-Oregon Trail Association contracted with us to conduct a ground penetrating radar and fluxgate gradiometer survey to locate the precise location and orientation of several...

Meet Our Team

Cannon Heritage Consultants is a full-service cultural resource management firm located in Logan, Utah with a satellite office in Boise, Idaho.

Kenneth P. Cannon (PhD, RPA)

President, co-owner, Project Manager, Principle Investigator

Dr. Cannon is President, and co-owner of CHC and serves as Project Manager and Principal Investigator for all CHC projects. He received his PhD in geography from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he used GIS and stable isotope analyses to understand the biogeography of prehistoric bison in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Ken brings over 25 years of experience in the lntermountain West through his tenure with the National Park Service and for a private cultural resource management firm. Ken also served as interim cultural resource manager at the Valles Caldera, New Mexico for a six-month period in 2003. He has supervised a number of projects in Colorado, Idaho, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming, as well as elsewhere in the United States, ranging from small scale surveys to large data recovery and salvage projects. Ken is permitted in several western states. He is a member of the Idaho Professional Archaeological Council, Utah Professional Archaeological Council and Wyoming Association of Professional Archaeologists. He was the founding President of the Rocky Mountain Anthropological Association (2007-2013), has served as Councilor for Archaeology for the American Quaternary Association, and Vice President for Government Affairs and Research for Utah Professional Archaeological Council. He is currently the Newsletter Editor for the Utah Professional Archaeological Council. He is also a frequent reviewer for the University of Utah Press and serves on the research board for the Hudson-­Meng site, Nebraska. Ken has published widely on his work in archaeological and interdisciplinary journals. He has also received numerous grants for his research.

Jonathan M. Peart (MS, RPA)

Archaeological Field Director

Jon holds a Master of Science degree from Utah State University (USU) in Anthropology with an emphasis in Archaeology and Cultural Resource Management and a B.S. in Anthropology from Weber State University. Mr. Peart has eight years of cultural resource management (CRM) experience in the intermountain west with the majority of his experience in Utah, Idaho, Nevada, Colorado and Wyoming. Since May 2011, Mr. Peart has been employed by Cannon Heritage Consultants, Inc. (CHC) of Logan, Utah. For CHC he has served as archaeological field director for numerous CRM projects including the Skull Valley Land Exchange Project (Tooele County, Utah), Three Creeks Grazing Allotment Project (Rich County, Utah), Dugway Proving Grounds Proposed ATV Areas (Tooele County, Utah), Sand Cliff Signatures Public Archaeology Project (Beaver County, Utah), Snowbird Gad Valley Improvements Project (Salt Lake County, Utah), Idaho Power Company Line 339 (Lemhi County, Idaho) and several other smaller projects. While at CHC, Mr. Peart has authored or coauthored over fifteen CRM reports including reports for intensive inventories, limited testing, metal detection, and historic/prehistoric excavations.

In addition to working for CHC he has worked for Sagebrush Consultants L.L.C. (from 2006 to 2011), worked as a graduate research assistant at USU (from 2009 to 2011), volunteered with the Golden Spike National Historic Site (2010) and with Molly Cannon at the Spatial Data Collection Analysis Visualization Lab at USU (2011). While working for Sagebrush Consultants (from 2006 to 2011) he participated in numerous archaeological surveys and several historic excavations. These projects include large intensive inventories such as the Nevada Northern Railway Cultural Resource Inventory (White Pine and Elko Counties, Nevada), Lake Powell Pipeline Cultural Resource Inventory Project (Iron, Kane, Washington Counties, Utah), and the Holly UNEV Pipeline (Salt Lake and Tooele Counties, Utah). Other significant projects Mr. Peart participated in at Sagebrush include cultural resource monitoring projects such as the Moss Courthouse Expansion Project (Salt Lake County, Utah), Odd Fellows Hall Relocation Project (Salt Lake County, Utah), Legacy Parkway Monitoring Project (Davis County, Utah), and the Ogden River Restoration Project (Weber County, Utah). As a result of these monitoring projects, Mr. Peart has gained at least two months of historic excavation experience.

In summary, Mr. Peart has several years of CRM experience in Utah and the surrounding states. He successfully serves as archaeological field director/supervisor for CRM projects in the region and has experience with all the various stages of CRM compliance work. As a result of this experience Mr. Peart is well trained in intensive pedestrian inventory, historic research, site evaluations, lithic analysis (specifically debitage analysis), prehistoric/historic excavation methods, GIS applications, and report writing.

Houston L. Martin (MA, RPA)

Field Supervisor, GIS Specialist

Houston L. Martin (MA, RPA) is a field supervisor and GIS Specialist for CHC and will conduct spatial analysis and database management for this project. He received his M.A. (2014) in anthropology from the University of California-Davis, where he focused on prehistoric land use patterns on the Northwestern Plains and Rocky Mountains, stable isotope analysis, and the application of Bayesian statistical methods to address archaeological questions. Houston first gained experience working in the mountain ranges of Wyoming and Montana. He has supervised a number of projects in these states, including excavation at the Hell Gap Archaeological Site, and various small and large scale survey and excavation projects. He is a member of the Society for American Archaeology and the Plains Anthropological Society, and served as an officer for the Center for Archaeological Research at Davis (2014-2015) and program director for the Hell Gap Summer Seminar Series (2014-2015).