Planning Phase

Archaeology/Cultural Resources

Having worked on hundreds of projects that encompass all aspects of archaeological discoveries, Raba Kistner is uniquely qualified to assist both public and private clients with cultural resources compliance, from the planning and design phases through post-construction monitoring. Our experience with operating under the jurisdiction of local, state, and federal oversight agencies helps to ensure that compliance is achieved in a timely and cost-effective manner.

Depending on the source of project funding, permitting necessities, and land ownership, development projects can fall under the jurisdiction of local development codes, the Antiquities Code of Texas, or Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA). The incidental discovery of archaeological materials during construction can mushroom into costly compliance delays that can greatly impact project completion. Raba Kistner’s many resources, including an archaeological processing laboratory, a geographic information system (GIS), GPS units, ground-penetrating radar, and other equipment and laboratories, may be used to satisfy such compliance requirements.

Archaeology/Cultural Resources include:

  • Archival and Historic Background Research 
  • File and Literature Search 
  • Land Use Studies 
  • Standing Structure Surveys 
  • National Register of Historic Places Nominations 
  • Construction Monitoring 
  • Geomorphological Investigations 
  • Phase I Pedestrian Surveys (Reconnaissance, Pedestrian, and Intensive Surveys) 
  • Phase II National Register of Historic Places Eligibility Testing 
  • Phase III Data Recovery Investigations 
  • Petrographic Analysis 
  • Laboratory Processing Curation Preparation 
  • Cemetery Relocations
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