Zackery Hamilton-Cruze, RPA 

Principal Investigator
RPA Registration No. 42240799

University of West Florida, B.A. Anthropology

University of West Florida, Graduate Certificate – Historic Preservation

University of West Florida, M.A. Anthropology, Maritime Archaeology



Architectural Historian

Zackery Hamilton-Cruze holds a master’s degree in anthropology with a focus in maritime archaeology and a graduate certification in historic preservation from the University of West Florida. His love of scuba diving brought him to the profession of archaeology and his earliest professional experience involved the excavation of a Spanish ship of exploration which sank in 1559 off the coast of Pensacola, Florida. He has experience in both archaeological survey and architectural review in Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and California. His experience includes supervisory and field roles associated with Section 106 and Section 110 of the National Historic Preservation Act, archaeological surveys, National Register evaluations, Tribal Nation consultation, and excavations at both prehistoric and historic archaeological sites including mapping, excavation, and remote sensing survey of submerged shipwrecks and industrial coastal landscapes. He has authored technical reports for clients that include local, state, and federal governments, as well as private individuals and developers. In association with disaster recovery projects, he has served as a federal technical advisor and completed project review for a variety of laws and executive orders including NEPA, Floodplain and Wetlands Management Act, Environmental Justice, and No Effect determinations for the Endangered Species Act.


Outside of work, Zack can most often be found outdoors, hiking, playing and attending softball or baseball games, or spending time with his wife, Julia, and their dog Beau