Archaeological Investigations

Archaeological sites are the physical evidence of our shared past. The stewardship of these special and significant places is critical to the preservation and management of cultural resources.

EDR conducts archaeological surveys and site investigations to support environmental permitting as required by historic preservation laws such as Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), Section 14.09 of the New York State Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation Law, and the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA). Our cultural resources staff meet the requirements of the Secretary of Interior’s Guidelines (per 36 CFR Part 61) in their respective fields, including archaeology, architectural history, and historic preservation planning. Areas of staff expertise include:

  • Phase IA Cultural Resources Surveys
  • Phase I/IB Archaeological Surveys
  • Phase II Archaeological Site Investigations
  • Phase III Data Recovery Excavations
  • State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) Consultation
  • Native American Consultation
  • Artifact Identification & Analysis
  • Avoidance & Mitigation Strategies for Archeological Sites
  • Cultural Resources Mitigation Planning
  • GIS Archaeological Sensitivity Models
  • GIS/GPS Field Data Collection
  • Special Subject Matter Expertise, including lithic (stone tool) analysis, historic ceramics, industrial archaeology, military sites
  • Excavation Oversight & Construction Monitoring
  • Unanticipated Discovery Response