Archaeological Services

Archaeological Services

  • Assessment of Archaeological Potential / Initial Site Assessment
  • Archaeological Site Research & Documentation
  • Phase 1 Cultural Resource Studies (Phase 1A & Phase 1B)
  • Phase 2 Archaeological Investigations
  • Phase 3 Data Recovery Mitigation
  • Quarry Assessment and Investigation
  • Remediation of Human Remains
  • Telecommunications Tower Location Investigations (FCC E 106 & Form -620)
  • Guidance with Reviewing Agencies (Local, State & National)
  • Museum Curation of Cultural Materials

Historic Preservation Services

  • National / State Register of Historic Places Nominations
  • Historic Building Documentation/Resource Evaluation
  • Site Building Assessment
  • Cartographic / Historic Research
  • Archival Consultation

Archaeological Core Competencies

HVCRC’s principals and staff have completed site file searches and records review for private development and utility projects utilizing the site files in the NYS OPRHP Cultural Resource Information System (CRIS) New Jersey’s Historic Preservation Office (NJ HPO), Connecticut’s State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) and the Delaware Division of Historic Preservation. HVCRC’s recent projects include due diligence for property acquisition and eligibility for listing on the National Register, site file searches, the field reconnaissance and photo-documentation of Telecommunications Phase 1 Cultural Resource Surveys for FCC Form 620 & Form 621, Phase 1 Cultural Resource Surveys for private development and archaeological assessments and Phase 1 surveys for County sponsored roadway expansion projects.

HVCRC principals and archaeologists have worked with the Army Corp of Engineers and the New York State Historic Preservation Office on a variety of projects including large prehistoric quarry projects, Phase 3 Data Mitigation projects for private developments and telecommunication facility construction projects. These projects involved consultations with the lead agencies to develop Memorandum of Agreement, Data Recovery Plans and site delineation testing to define the Area of Potential Effect (APE) for relevant permits.

HVCRC Principals have worked with the NYS DEC to establish a Letter of Resolution for a building mitigation project, and have conformed to the building mitigation plan, prior to building demolition. This work included the documentation of historic properties, landowner and occupation research as well as an architectural analysis.

HVCRC Principals and archaeologists have completed single and multi-component pre-contact Phase 3 Data recovery projects, as well as Phase 2 Archaeological investigations of historic properties, Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) guided investigations and Native American Burial re-interment. In urban locations the HVCRC staff have completed monitoring projects with significant subsurface impacts. These monitoring projects involved the daily observation of excavations for the reconstruction of water and gas lines.

HVCRC’s principals have completed ethnographic studies of 19th century cultural contexts that include immigrant settlement patterns, changes to historic market systems and the industrial history of New York State. These studies involved census research, biographical data collection, review of private document collections and research in peer reviewed publications. Archaeological investigations on industrial sites include saw and grist mills, as well as foundries and forges.

HVCRC’s Principals design and implement all phases of archaeological fieldwork and report preparation in accordance with the standards set by the US Secretary of the Interior and the State Historic Preservation Office. All documents and collections are maintained according to the New York State Museum Archival standards.