CULTURAL RESOURCES STUDIES
Archaeological surveying is a specialized type of land surveying conducted to report the finds made in an archeological site or to show the relationship of the archaeological site to the landscape. This survey is generally undertaken at the request of archeologists or government agencies and utilizes GIS, GPS, aerial photography, and other tools for surveying. In most cases, these surveys are done as remotely as possible to avoid disturbing the archaeological site.
Our surveying methods can be useful in identifying the sites prior to excavation. Previous uses of the land can leave physical marks on the modern landscape, such as raised ridges where the walls of buildings once stood. In many cases, these features cannot be noticed from the ground. Aerial surveying methods can be used to generate maps that show these markings from an aerial vantage point showing elevation changes, which can make such features clearer. This map can then be turned into a grid that guides the archaeological excavation of the site.
Barry A. Vittor & Associates, Inc. provides high quality Cultural Resources Assessments for private companies, state, and federal agencies. BVA has extensive experience in prehistoric and historic archaeology and regional biology, and conducts field surveys and prepares reports according to state and federal guidelines. Let us know how we can help with your next project!