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About PAR

For two decades, Prairie Archaeology & Research has been one of the most respected full-service cultural resource management teams in the Midwest. Completing a wide range of projects from residential subdivisions and warehousing developments to regional transportation networks, PAR has assisted over 300 clients accomplish hundreds of projects since 1996.

PAR clients rely on our ability to identify a project's challenges, rapidly mobilize staff, and deliver appropriate, industry-leading services and documentation. PAR is proud of our ability to tackle complex projects with solutions that are as practical as they are innovative.

Each project is approached with a full appreciation for the client's objectives, schedule, and budget. Our reputation for project success can be attributed to effective planning, project management, cost control, quality management, and technical expertise. All investigations carried out by PAR are in full compliance with the following:

Contact us to discuss how PAR can assist you with the cultural resource regulations challenging your projects.


The Prairie Archaeology & Research full-time professional staff provides our clients with decades of combined experience in archaeology, history, and cultural resource management.

Joseph Craig (email) is President and Principal Investigator of Prairie Archaeology & Research. He is a graduate of Northern Illinois University and has almost twenty years of experience in all aspects of cultural resource investigations including acting as point of contact, contract administrator and principal investigator. Mr. Craig oversees all aspects of the pre-fieldwork research, field and laboratory investigations, and report production conducted by Prairie Archaeology & Research staff. Mr. Craig also manages and directs the investigations of outside consultants whose expertise may be necessary to complete the project.

Mr. Craig has extensive experience in conducting all phases of cultural resource investigations in the upper Midwest including Missouri, Illinois and Indiana. In addition to this primary experience, he acted as Principal Investigator of cultural resource investigations for projects in Nevada, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Michigan, Virginia, Vermont and New Hampshire.

Jason Rein (email) is PAR's Production, Mapping, and Design specialist. Specifically, Mr. Rein's areas of focus are in report production, graphic design, CAD, total station operation, and map generation. In addition, he designs, develops, and maintains the company's branding, marketing, and web site. He is also responsible for video production, graphics, illustration, animation, and interactive features for our Archaeology For You public outreach section of our website.

Mr. Rein joined Prairie Archaeology & Research in 2005, bringing over eight years of archaeology experience conducting field, surveying, and lab work. Mr. Rein has participated in numerous prehistoric and historic archaeological survey, evaluation, and mitigation projects in Illinois, Missouri, Indiana, and Wisconsin.

Kathryn Powell (email) is a graduate of Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and has experience working primarily in Illinois and Indiana on Phase I Cultural Resource surveys. In addition to a background in cultural resource management, Kathryn has been a student of a variety of martial arts for nearly 15 years and worked as a Kenpo instructor in high school and college.
Our staff is augmented by qualified, part-time field technicians and laboratory support staff as needed in order to expedite the completion of every project. In addition, Prairie Archaeology & Research has long-term consultant relationships with analytical specialists for floral, faunal, geomorphological, and editorial tasks.
Employment Opportunities

PAR welcomes all employment inquiries. Please submit résumés to the email address provided above. While we are not presently hiring, we read all résumés received and keep them on file should future opportunities become available.

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