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Cultural Resources Management

We know the terrain, both on the ground and in the lab. Our experience means we build quality research designs that deliver cost-effective results for you.


Client service in an open, team-based environment is our hallmark at Desert Archaeology. We have been extremely successful in serving the interests of our clients while preserving cultural resources values.

Records Review

A records review reveals current knowledge about previous work conducted and cultural resources found in or near a project area. This is a useful preliminary indicator of cultural resources sensitivity during the due diligence process. It can also be a first step in evaluating alternatives during the early phases of a project.


In areas that have not been explored recently, field surveys identify and document evidence of past cultural activity by examining the modern ground surface.


If significant cultural resources are found in the project area, excavations may be required. Excavation phases are guided by project-specific plans that describe the project goals, research issues, and field methods. With 30+ years of experience in the Southwest, we construct solid, efficient research designs that anticipate and avoid complications and delays, allowing us to focus on the key issues involved in your project.

Construction Monitoring

For some projects, monitoring during construction is the most appropriate way to address cultural resources requirements. This applies when ground disturbance is limited, is in heavily developed settings, or as a precautionary measure due to nearby cultural resources. We work closely with contractors to minimize disruption to construction activities.

Reporting Results

Reports document each stage of the archaeological process.

Public Outreach

Public awareness of project results can generate goodwill for the client and can enhance the value of archaeological discoveries.