Battlefields. Bridges. Old trash pits. Post-World War II neighborhoods. Stone tools made by Native Americans 12,000 years ago. These are examples of culture resources: physical evidence of human activities, a look back at an area’s history and heritage.

In the United States, legislation — such as Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act — requires projects receiving federal funding, in need of federal permit review, or located on federal land to undergo a cultural resources review prior to approval. State agencies, townships, or local review boards may also require consultation with the state historic preservation office (SHPO) prior to granting land-use approvals and environmental permits for certain projects. In some cases, field studies and reporting may be required.

Early consultation to determine your cultural resource needs is essential to help ensure the timely, successful completion of your project. RETTEW’s skilled, in-house team of archaeologists and architectural historians will work with you to determine whether cultural resources requirements apply to your project, identify potential resources that could be affected, and integrate any necessary cultural resources studies into your overall permitting schedule. Our archaeological services help identify and evaluate significant above-ground historic resources, from buildings to landscapes. Through this fieldwork and reporting, we help ensure your project receives the green light it needs without impacting your timeline.

On an environmental assessment and land release project, your folks stayed with it as each obstacle presented itself. – Frank Kulka, Acting Director, Airport Planning and Development, Lehigh Valley International Airport

RETTEW’s cultural resources team successfully balances client needs with preservation requirements. The senior members of our staff exceed the federal qualification standards for prehistoric archaeology, historic archaeology, and architectural history, and our specialists are experienced in laboratory analysis, curation, architectural conservation, geophysics, and the identification of human skeletal remains. Our well-established relationships with SHPOs and regulatory agencies, as well as our in-depth knowledge of the review process allow us to complete investigations and obtain required approvals in a seamless, timely manner.

Individualized service.

We’ll work with you to determine the required level of effort and best course of action for your specific project and timeline. If significant cultural resources may be affected by your project, we can help you create a design to avoid or minimize effects, or provide guidance that may allow you to take advantage of historic preservation tax credits. Our cultural resources team works in tandem with other environmental and engineering experts at RETTEW to provide solutions to any challenges unique to your project, keeping your project moving forward, on schedule and within budget.

Cultural Resources Specialties:

  • Archaeological Monitoring
  • Architectural Conservation
  • Artifact Analysis and Curation
  • Desktop Review
  • Determination of National Register Eligibility
  • Evaluation of Effects
  • Geomorphological Investigations
  • Grant Writing
  • Historic Research
  • Historic Resource and Archaeological Surveys
  • Historic Structure Reports and Preservation Plans
  • Public Involvement and Education
  • Memoranda of Agreements (MOAs)/Programmatic Agreements (PAs)
  • Mitigation/Data Recovery
  • State Historic Preservation Office and Regulatory Agency Coordination
  • Section 4(f) Evaluations
  • Viewshed Analysis