We assist property owners and developers to determine whether archaeological and historic sites occur on the project parcel. This task entails a review of archival records and often a visit to the parcel. A due diligence report includes the results of the survey and an assessment of what the reviewing agency will require for permitting the project.
A Phase I assessment includes background research on known and potential sites within the project parcel and a systematic survey and evaluation to identify any cultural resources that may occur on the parcel.
Phase II assessments determine the significance of an archaeological site and its extent. Significance is evaluated according to criteria for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.
A Phase III assessment provides a means to mitigate adverse impact to a significant site which cannot be avoided by development. It usually requires a large scale excavation to recover and document the site's artifacts, features, and chronology before the site is destroyed.
We partner with experts in the fields of metal detecting, ground penetrating radar (GPR), and light detecting and ranging (LIDAR) for detecting buried features and for precise site mapping.
Archaeological monitoring of ground disturbing activities such as grubbing, utility, pool, and foundation excavations for new construction, and demoliton of existing structures, may be required by local, state, or federal agencies to assure that known of potential archaeological deposites are not inadvertently disturbed or destroyed.
Under the guidance of osteologist Dr. Ryan Franklin, we have been instrumental in identifying Native American and African American human remains in prehistoric and historic sites across Florida. When preservation in place of uncovered human remains is not possible, the remains of Native Americans are relocated and reinterred under the guidance of the Seminole Tribe of Florida. When historic cemeteries are threatened, their preservation or the relocation of human remains are coordinated with local residents, historical societies, and governmental agencies.
When it is determined that there is one or more historic (nominally, fifty years old or older) structures on a project parcel we document the physical structure and its environmental setting, research its historical context, and provide an evaluation of significance based on the criterial for listing in the National Register.
Historic structures can be preserved and protected by local and national landmark designations. We can provide the research, writing, and graphical documentation entailed in preparing National Register and local landmark nominations.
We design interpretive exhibits and signage for museums, parks, trails, and individual sites.
We provide talks and powerpoint presentations on archaeological sites and discoveries.
We design audio-video enhanced, self-guided tours of archaeological and historic sites.