criteria set forth by the
National Park Service are the minimum
Not all archaeologists have the experience, background, or staff to
complete your Section 106 evaluation. Most
State Historic Preservation Officers keep a current list of individuals who have
notified them that they meet the minimum qualifications for a professional
archaeologists or historian as outlined by the
National Park Service. This list does
not include all qualified archaeologists in your state.
It does not certify that an individual on the list is familiar with the
Section 106 process. In choosing an archaeological consultant, you should keep
the following questions in mind:
Has the consultant successfully completed similar Section 106 evaluations in the past? Is
the consultant familiar with the State
Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) which will evaluate his/her report?
Get references! Check with other engineering firms or developers. Every archaeological and historical consultant should be able to provide
you with names of clients you can contact for references.
archaeological consultant completed projects in a timely fashion?
Is the consultant more interested in conducting
archaeological or historic research than in helping you get through the process?
Has the consultant and members of the
archaeological staff completed Section 106 workshops conducted by either a federal agency or the State Historic Preservation Office? Many archaeological
consultants meet the minimum requirements outlined by the
National Park Service; however, they may be unaware of the numerous laws and regulations that guide a project to successful completion. If their staff is unaware of the
process they may not be representing you interests.
5) Are any of the archaeologists on staff
6) Does the consultant carry an adequate amount of insurance?