Client-oriented professionals meeting
compliance needs in archaeology,
history, and environmental studies.


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    Archaeological Excavation

    Archaeological excavations occur in three main phases: Survey, Site Testing & Evaluation, and Data Recovery

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    Archaeological Monitoring

    When there is a possibility of a project destroying or disturbing cultural remains, state and federal laws require that the work be monitored by an archaeologist to prevent damage to potential historic or prehistoric sites.

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    Historic Structures

    Some compliance requirements may call for evaluation of historic standing structures or engineering features.

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    Archaeological Survey

    The purpose of archaeological survey is to locate, delineate, and determine the eligibility status of archaeological sites for the National Register of Historic Places.


Serving the defense, energy, land development, construction, forestry, communication, and transportation industries for over 30 years

Prentice Thomas & Associates, Inc. (PTA) was established by Dr. Prentice M. Thomas in 1977 (then referred to as New World Research) to provide a range of archaeological and cultural resource management (CRM) services to a wide range of clientele. Since 1977, PTA has conducted over 1400 archaeological projects in Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, and other locations in the United States; responding to our nation’s goal of preserving its diverse historical and cultural values by integrating exciting research with compliance work and providing timely and cost-effective services in CRM and historic preservation.

About Us

Read about the history of PTA and learn more about our areas of expertise.



A wide range of services and specializing in cultural resource management services.



Because we offer such a large variety of services we often get asked what is it exactly that we do.



Read more about recent news and events as well as upcoming events of interest.


From the Blog

Eglin Archaeology Day - The 9th Eglin Archaeology Day is coming up Saturday March 28! 10:30 AM at Jackson Guard in Niceville! As always, Prentice Thomas & Associates will be there with activities and information.Sstop by and see us!
The Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce! - Prentice Thomas & Associates is very excited about the warm welcome we received back in to The Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber Of Commerce and we are looking forward to working with the other members on many projects in the future! Take a look at !
Circle G Ranch added to the National Register of Historic Places - On December 13, 2019, the National Park Service added the Circle G Ranch to the National Register of Historic Places. The Circle G Ranch was famously owned by music icon Elvis Presley during a pivotal period in his career, encompassing 154 acres of rolling hills in a pastoral setting near the western limits of Horn […]
Happy Birthday to our U.S. Air Force - On this day several years ago the United States Air Force was established as a separate branch of the U.S. Armed Forces. The youngest among our military branches, the mission of the United States Air Force is to fly, fight and win…in air, space and cyberspace. Take a break and test your knowledge of the #USAirForce here. F-16 U.S. Air […]