what we do

Archaeology

Protecting our connection to the past

Our archaeologists work to preserve our connections to past cultures through recovery, identification, and monitoring of artifacts and sites. We help our clients comply with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. Our archaeological testing and data recovery experience ranges from single-site eligibility testing to large, complex data recovery projects involving multiple sites and temporal affiliations. Parametrix maintains a laboratory equipped with the tools needed to conduct in-house artifact analysis and sample processing.

Old Peralta Site Data Recovery Project Mitigation | Parametrix

Old Peralta Site Data Recovery Project Mitigation
Catron County, New Mexico

Client: NMDOT

The Old Peralta Site is an Archaic Site located along NM 12 in the Mogollon Highlands near Reserve, New Mexico. The NMDOT proposed the replacement of a bridge crossing SU Canyon. The site was located within the area of potential effects (APE) and determined eligible for inclusion in the NRHP. Realignment of the project corridor was not feasible, so Parametrix was asked to develop and implement a data recovery plan to minimize and mitigate data loss. Data recovery investigations involved surface collection, hand-excavated units, feature excavation, and mechanical excavation. A large artifact assemblage and variety of samples were recovered during these investigations. Laboratory work included flaked-stone and ground-stone analysis, illustration of artifacts, and statistical modeling of radiocarbon dates using the Oxcal program. The final report addressed a variety of research topics including occupational history, material acquisition, subsistence, mobility, and technology.

 

 

VIEW OUR ARCHAEOLOGY PROJECTS

  • US 82 | Parametrix

    US 82 Curve Correction Project Data Recovery

  • Pojoaque Basin | Parametrix

    Pojoaque Basin Regional Water System EIS

  • Old Peralta Site | Parametrix

    Old Peralta Site Data Recovery Project Mitigation

  • Vermejo Ranch | Parametrix

    Vermejo Ranch Archaeological Monitoring and Data Recovery

  • San Juan Basin EIS | Parametrix

    Resource Surveys for the San Juan Basin Energy Connect EIS

  • Strauss Road | Parametrix

    Strauss Road Improvement Project