Lavery Subdivision

The Lavery Subdivision is an example of how PAL can help bridge differing perspectives on Rhode Island’s coastal zone landscapes. The setting was a planned residential development along southern Rhode Island’s salt ponds and Atlantic Ocean beaches. 

The Coastal Resources Management Council recommended cultural resources survey and coordination with the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission and the project proponents contracted with PAL.


Archaeological survey resulted in some startling discoveries, including evidence for Native American dwellings and an associated burial area.

PAL coordinated with project designers, the Native American community, and the State Historic Preservation Officer to keep the development on track and preserve the burial ground.


PAL was able to meet the developers’ goals and help preserve important cultural resources. The products developed for this project included a published article in a regional archaeological journal that provided new insights into researching how Native American communities were forming along Rhode Island’s coast more than 800 years ago.

Client Name: 
Samuel Lavery
Project Name: 
Lavery Subdivision
Project Date: 
2005 to 2006
Project Location: 
Westerly, Rhode Island