Archaeological Data Recovery

PAL has an unequaled record of successfully completed archaeological data recovery programs in the Northeast.

Archaeological data recovery investigations are the most common mitigation employed for undertakings that will have an adverse effect on significant archaeological sites. Adverse effects to archaeological sites are, most often, direct and result in the destruction of the site. The goal of the data recovery is to gather the information content that exists in these sites before they are destroyed and the information is lost forever.

Archaeological Data Recovery Plans

Archaeological data recovery plans serve as the operational blueprint for conducting excavation, scientific analysis, and reporting. The plan outlines a research design — developed in consultation among the Agency official, the State Historic Preservation Officer/Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, and other interested parties — consistent with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation’s Treatment of Archaeological Properties.

The plan specifies previous research, cultural and historic contexts, outlines research questions to be addressed, presents the excavation and analytical methodologies, and recommends protocols for disseminating the resulting information to professional and public audiences.

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