Archaeological survey and mitigation can be confusing. We’re experienced at guiding home owners through the legal compliance process quickly and painlessly. There isn’t a set of scenarios we haven’t seen.

Cultural Resource Management is based on different regulations depending on the permits needed for your project. There are federal, state, and local laws that apply in different situations. The intent of Cultural Resource laws is to protect the physical remains of our shared past for future generations.

A permitting agency may require a Cultural Resource Assessment or archaeological survey, usually because of federal funding or the project has a high likelihood of encountering a historic or precontact site based on your location to the shoreline and/or a previously recorded archaeological site. This initial assessment will help to determine whether further investigation is needed, or how best to continue if cultural resources are present.

We know this process can be frustrating, causing unexpected expense and delay. We’ll work with you to provide the services and documents you need to satisfy your permit conditions as quickly as possible. Contact us to discuss any questions about your project and permit requirements. We always provide a free cost estimate and will talk through the particulars of your project.

Commercial Developers & Contractors

We’re experts in national Section 106 compliance and both Washington RCW 27.53 and RCW 27.44 and Oregon ORS 97.740-760, and ORS 358.605-358.622. Don’t let cultural resource issues derail your project–we’ll work with you to make sure things go as smoothly as possible.

Caldera Archaeology specializes in archaeological investigations for compliance with local, state, and federal Cultural Resource laws. We offer expertise in cultural resource management (CRM) for any size construction or survey and help clients comply with regulatory requirements through:

  • Archaeological investigation
  • Site Forms/Historic Property Inventory
  • Interagency Consultation
  • Eligibility Testing and Nomination
  • Washington and Oregon State Archaeological Excavation Permits
  • Inadvertent Discovery and Monitoring Plans
  • Laboratory Analysis
  • Impact Mitigation
  • On-site Archaeological Monitoring
  • Human Remains and Burials
  • Report Production

We specialize in archaeological and historical compliance. We are available for work anywhere across the United States. Our staff is experienced in faunal analysis, spatial analysis, human remains identification, artifact illustration, and botanical analysis. Our experience extends to all manner of federal, state and local compliance laws and regulations.

We’re experts in federal cultural resource law and compliance, including:

  • 6 U.S.C. 470f and 470h-2(f)
  • 36 CFR part 800, commonly referred to as Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA)
  • Archaeological Resource Protection Act (ARPA)
  • Native American Grave Protection Repatriation Act (NAGPRA)
  • National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

We also have considerable experience working with state, county, and local compliance, including:

  • State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA)
  • Governor’s Executive Order 05-05
  • Many county and local regulations throughout Washington and Oregon