Community Wide Surveys

Community-wide surveys identify patterns of the past 12,000 years of human occupation/activity and determine known and probable locations of archaeological resources associated with these settlement patterns throughout the community. 

Process & Results

  • Each survey has presented a unique opportunity for PAL to work with state, regional, and local officials as well as town residents, Native Americans, and partner organizations.
  • A “Public Day” was held during each project to allow members of the community to ask questions about the survey and to share information about local artifacts and sites with PAL archaeologists.
  • PAL’s community-wide surveys have collectively resulted in the documentation of more than 200 previously unrecorded archaeological sites.
  • Survey reports provide each community with an up-to-date planning tool for town administrators to consider when developing long-range preservation goals and community development.
Client Name: 
Massachusetts Historical Commission, Martha’s Vineyard Commission, Town of Dartmouth, Town of Chatham, Town of Mashpee, Westport Historical Society
Project Name: 
Community-Wide Surveys
Project Date: 
2001 to 2009
Project Location: 
Massachusetts