What is a cultural resource survey?
A cultural resource assessment is a process designed to provide local, state, and federal agencies, and Tribal governments with the opportunity to assess potential project impacts to historic/archaeological sites, buildings, districts, or properties. Antiquity conducts assessments for SEPA and other local permit reviews, Executive Order 21-02, and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.
Our staff can typically provide an assessment of your project area within 45 days of a notice to proceed. We are one of few consulting firms in the Northwest that has gone digital, meaning we save you time and money!
Antiquity was founded in 2018 by Principal Investigator Beth Mathews. Her experience in cultural resource management throughout the Northwest impressed upon her the need to improve quality of archaeological and historical research in the southern Puget Sound, and improve equity in the field of cultural resource management.
Based in Olympia, Washington our typical service area includes Thurston, Pierce, Kitsap, King, Mason, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Klallam, Pacific, Lewis, and Cowlitz Counties. With 20 staff located throughout western Washington, we have the ability and experience to help you manage your project.
Antiquity is renowned for our thorough and creative approach to resolving difficult cultural resource management issues. We pride ourselves on helping our clients navigate compliance issues as efficiently as possible while minimizing impacts to projects. Our client's projects benefit from our history of collaborative management, as we respectfully consider the concerns of local governments, State and Federal agencies, Tribes, and the public. Our exhaustive approach to archaeological and historical research and context development and our scientific integrity ensure that our assessments are well-informed and minimize risk and delay.
Cultural Resource Services
Our cultural resource services include archaeological monitoring, archaeological monitoring and inadvertent discovery planning, cultural resources training, archaeological and cultural resources survey and assessment, archaeological site testing and site eligibility recommendations/determinations, historical and archaeological context development, and historical and archaeological research.
Archaeological Monitoring & Inadvertent Discovery Planning
Antiquity will work with your crew and project management to ensure cultural resource finds are appropriately managed without unnecessary delays. Our staff have extensive experience working on active construction sites in a wide variety of industries, making us uniquely qualified to efficiently manage your project's needs. Antiquity can also assist you with preparation of an inadvertent/ unanticipated discovery plan for your project’s ground-disturbing activities.
Archaeological & Cultural Resource Survey
Surveys typically include pedestrian survey and shovel probe survey methods. During this process we study the risk that your project will encounter archaeological resources and help you avoid costly impacts to your project.
Cultural Resources Training
Antiquity regularly provides cultural resources training for project staff who may encounter archaeology during their ground disturbing work. Under RCW 27.53.060, knowing disturbance to archaeological sites requires archaeological permits. An inadvertent discovery of archaeological resources requires consultation with the Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation, Tribes, and State and local agencies. At Antiquity we take a hands-on approach to teaching this process, including
artifact identification demonstrations which we feel are beneficial to staff engaging with the training and appreciating our shared archaeological responsibilities.
Most of our clients are private property owners who are developing single-family residences or improving their property. We understand that an archaeological survey is an unexpected project cost, and work to deliver affordable and efficient services. We also understand that the request for a survey is often the last piece of a permit application, and will work with you to meet your project's deadlines. Some of our corporate and government clients include:
American Forest Management
Brown & Kysar
EcoGrind Site Solutions
Hatton Godat Pantier, Inc.
Kaufman Construction & Development
Nisqually Indian Tribe
Nisqually Land Trust
Pacific Coast Salmon Coalition
Pierce Conservation District
Spring Capital Group
South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group
Thurston Conservation District
Thurston Housing Authority
Tumwater Craft District
Waunch Construction & Trucking
Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife
Wild Fish Conservancy