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History & Archaeology

(509) 634-2693

The History/Archaeology Program specializes in Columbia Plateau cultural resource management including archaeology, ethnography, history, botany, preservation of traditional skills, collections rehabilitation and management, and NAGPRA.

Our qualified staff has the technical expertise and experience to draft, direct, and complete cultural resource management projects meeting state and federal requirements for our clients in a timely manner.



  • Historic Background Research
  • Archival Research
  • Records Search
  • Literature Review
  • Oral History Review
  • Data Compilation
  • Traditional Skills Research & Preservation
  • TCP Recordation
  • Ethnographic Interview
  • Oral History Transcription
  • Historic Context Development
  • Phase I Cultural Resource Inventory
  • Reconnaissance Archaeological Survey
  • Archaeological Excavation—small scale assessments to data recovery
  • Archaeological Monitoring
  • Remote Sensing
  • Resource Mapping—ArcGIS
  • Artifact Analysis—pre-contact and historic period
  • Context Statements
  • Mitigation Monitoring
  • Treatment Plan
  • Mitigation Plan
  • Management Plan
  • Programmatic Agreement
  • Memorandum of Agreement
  • Finding of Effects Documents
  • Phase II Archaeological Testing
  • Cultural Resource Awareness Training
  • Resource, site, and feature Locality Recording
  • Artifact Collection
  • Herbarium, Plant Specimen Collection, Monitoring, & Analysis
  • Phase III Data Recovery Excavation
  • Collections Management
  • Laboratory Preparation and Analysis
  • Preparation and Cleaning for Curation
  • Museum Display & Management
  • Lithics Analysis
  • Cataloguing
  • Site Records
  • Interpretive Reports
  • Peer Reviews
  • National, State, Tribal Register Eligibility Determinations
  • National Register of Historic Places Archaeological District & Multiple Property Documentation nominations
  • Archaeological Resource Protection Act Damage Assessment
  • Preservation Planning
  • Mitigation Measures
  • Mitigation Plans
  • Construction Monitoring


photo credit to Archives & Records Center Collection: A&R.1998.016 - Women Stickgamers