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.
PTA has conducted archaeological monitoring projects for groups including the National Park Service, Hurlburt Field, and Eglin Air Force Base, to name a few. Archaeological monitoring is necessary when ground disturbing activities have the potential to impact an eligible site. One of our archaeological professionals monitors the site during the activities to ensure no cultural resources are damaged during the work. If cultural remains/deposits are observed, he/she will briefly stop construction work in that area to investigate the discovery. Assuming nothing is encountered to stop work, cultural remains found will be documented with notes, a drawing, and photographs. A map will be made showing the areas monitored and locations of any remains identified. Artifacts will be processed, analyzed and interpreted, using state-of-the-art procedures and approaches.