PAL Office 26 Main Street

Facilities and Capabilities

Facilities and Administration

PAL’s success as one of the leading providers of cultural resource management services is enhanced by our commitment to maintaining up to date facilities and employing a dedicated staff of administrative professionals.  Our central New England location on Interstate 95, within minutes of major air and rail transportation facilities, enables us to mobilize rapidly to any location. The building is equipped with the report production, financial, and information technology offices; reference and map libraries; an archaeological laboratory; and curatorial facilities that meet federal and state standards for the storage of cultural materials.

Information Management Systems (IMS) Department

PAL is committed to identifying and maintaining advanced technologies that improve our data collection and analysis capabilities, facilitate communications with our clients, and produce high-quality products. Our IMS staff consists of a full-time manager and an assistant who are responsible for maintaining our equipment and software and ensuring that our technological capabilities are on the cutting edge for our industry. At the heart of the system is our fully integrated, multi-user, computer network that connects all staff to servers, printers, and the Internet. Our servers are configured with RAID technology that provides security, data integrity, and back-up storage. Remote networking through a Citrix XenApp server allows our staff to access the system from home or the field. A wide range of computer software applications, including the Microsoft Professional Suite, CAD, GIS, and a number of database applications that were built in-house to address specific data analysis and processing needs, is made available to the staff. Our robust electronic storage capacity allows users to quickly access critical information from previous projects and historical research materials from their desktops. 

Our extensive reference library is another key element of our IMS. It contains more than 30,000 items pertaining to the cultural resource management investigations that we have carried out over the years. The collection includes a wide variety of primary and secondary materials that cover a vast number of topics relating to archaeology, architectural history, local and regional history, historic preservation laws and regulations, and cultural resource management investigations.

Report Production Department

PAL employs a staff of five, including two production managers, two cartographers, and an editor, who are responsible for ensuring that our reports meet the highest technical standards and clearly convey the results of our cultural resource management investigations. The department’s activities are supported by advanced equipment, including high out-put color printers and copiers, large-format plotters and scanners, and the latest computer software applications available. The department has the ability to accept and use client provided data in almost any format. This applies especially to cartography where we have the capability to prepare maps in CAD and GIS formats. For these tasks we use AutoCAD Map 3D and ESRI ArcGIS software.  

Financial Department

The Financial Department is made up of a controller, financial manager, and financial assistant who manage the company’s accounting system and oversee the execution of client contracts. The department maintains a detailed general ledger system using Deltek Vision software. Vision brings all business processes together in a web-based format that allows managers to access real time information about the status of their projects. The system also allows for the separate tracking of indirect and direct costs in accordance with the regulations set forth in the federal Cost Accounting Standards.

Laboratory

The PAL laboratory is run by a full-time professional laboratory staff including a senior laboratory manager, a laboratory analyst, and a laboratory assistant all of whom specialize in Northeastern pre- and post-Contact cultural material identification and analysis.

Catalog and curation records are entered into a custom-built database that meets professional standards for cataloging and curating archaeological collections. The PAL laboratory also houses extensive lithic, post-contact ceramic, bottle, faunal, and floral type collections that aid in cultural material identification and are used as teaching collections for public outreach activities.

The curation facility meets the standards set forth in the Antiquities Act, the Archaeological Resources Protection Act and the National Historic Preservation Act. PAL serves as a collections repository for Rhode Island and Massachusetts as well as numerous federal and state agencies. The data and artifacts stored at the laboratory are available to professional archaeologists, students, and other qualified individuals interested in using the materials for research.