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CULTURAL RESOURCES ASSESSMENTS
PELA’s professionals include a Registered Archaeologist who has performed or supervised Cultural Resource Assessments for municipalities, real estate developers, surface mine owners and operators, and engineering firms assisting with airport expansions and pipeline construction.
The United States has a rich history, much of which has yet to be uncovered. Many times, historical sites are uncovered during the process of construction and development. It is for this reason that Federal and State legislation, such as the National Historic Preservation Act, was enacted.
To ensure due diligence and regulatory compliance, your next development project may require a Cultural Resource Assessment. Cultural Resource Assessments are conducted in Phases. Depending on the artifacts present at your project site, not all Phases of work may be necessary to ensure regulatory compliance.
- Phase I: Reconnaissance, including literature review, systematic surface survey, subsurface testing, and lab analysis.
- Phase II: Site Evaluation, including additional background research, additional surface collection and/or excavation, evaluation of the horizontal and vertical distribution of cultural material, artifact analysis to determine site function, and report summarizing the results and recommendations of the site’s NRHP eligibility.
- Phase III: Data Recovery, including summary of Phase I and II investigations and reason for significance, as well as curation plans for the cultural material and records.