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

  • Background Literature and Records Review
  • Reconnaissance Surveys/Cultural Resource Assessments
  • Intensive Archaeological Surveys (Phase I)
  • Test Excavations and Significance Evaluations (Phase II)
  • Data Recovery and Adverse Effect Mitigations (Phase III)
Architecture and History
  • Historic Building Surveys
  • National Register of Historic Places Documentation
  • HABS/HAER Recordation
  • Historic Land Use Studies
  • Historical Contexts
Public Outreach
Site Interpretations and Presentations through Various Media Types
  • Interactive Website Development
  • Traditional Hand-Drawn Animation
  • 3D Modeling and Animation
  • Motion Graphics
  • Video Production
  • Slideshow Presentations
  • Digital Paintings
  • Brochures and Flyers
Other Services
  • Cemetery Documentation and Delineation
  • Grave Exhumations and Osteological Analyses
  • Geophysical
  • Geomorphology
  • Memoranda of Agreements
  • Programmatic Agreements
  • Archaeological Data Recovery Plans
  • Historic Property Management Plans
  • Historic Preservation Plans
Reasons to Choose PAR:
Checking The Past in the Present Will Avoid Future Delays

Let PAR Assist with Your Due Diligence - For Free

An unforeseen archaeological site or unmarked cemetery within a project development can put the brakes on any project. A phone call to PAR early in the developmental stages of the project can circumvent huge time delays, unanticipated costs, and save the cost of re-engineering the design layout.

From the company's establishment in 1996, Prairie Archaeology & Research has routinely and without charge aided their clients by consulting and verifying if a proposed developmental property contains known or purported sites, structures, or resources that may require compliance with the myriad of cultural resource laws and regulations.

Simply send us an email of the proposed location of your development and we will take care of the rest. We accept and can work with just about any file format and any location designation (lat/lon, township/range, UTM, etc.). Topo and/or engineering schematics are most welcome as are Google Earth location files.

PAR Will Push Your Project Through the Regulatory Process Quickly and Efficiently.

Over 75% of PAR Projects are Completed within 20 Business Days or Less

Whether the project is a simple inventory, National Register evaluation of multiple sites or locations, or even adverse impact mitigation, most PAR survey projects are completed within twenty business days. This is approximately 35 to 40 percent faster than the industry standard. In addition, we track your project throughout the regulatory review process - we want to know where your project stands and if there are concerns so that we can keep you updated and informed.

PAR's workflow organization and workforce are able to scale in a manner most efficient for the size and scope of a project. Also, PAR maintains successful business relations with several sub-contractors and is able to quickly mobilize no matter where the project may be located.

Professional Consulting Documents That Look Professional

Document Readability is an Important Part of Getting Your Project Through the Review Process Quickly

PAR's illustration and graphical output is second to none. Our talented staff utilize graphics and illustration tools and years of design experience to produce clean, easy to read maps and figures for our clients. Whether it's a preliminary cultural resource figure detailing previous archaeological work in your proposed development area or a fully-realized map ready for inclusion in a report, all of PAR's figures, as well as our reports, are carefully inspected for readability and maximum use of space.

PAR is also quick to adapt to special-case scenarios. Different jobs require different ways of viewing information. "Heat map" graphics illustrate areas of cultural artifact concentrations. Isometric-projection maps clearly illustrate stratigraphic layers while detailing the planar areas surrounding it. LiDAR and elevation maps help visualize past and present topography. At PAR, we are always finding better ways of presenting visual information to our clients.


PAR's Preparation and Safety Provide Peace of Mind for Our Clients

In its history, PAR has maintained an exemplary safety record which stands to this day. Various industry training courses and common-sense actions in the field keep our staff safe and the peace of mind of our clients intact.

Our safety equipment includes hard hats, walkie-talkies, reflective vests, safety eye-wear, hearing protection, and steel-toed boots. PAR is also equipped with first-aid kits, road flares, and fire extinguishers.

Pushing to the Forefront of Technology

PAR Embraces New Methods and New Technology to Complete Your Project Quickly and Accurately

Technological advancements are changing how cultural resource consultants are reporting your projects to the appropriate regulatory agencies. PAR stays up to date with the technologies that assist us in field surveying, mapping, artifact analyses, illustrations, and producing detailed and accurate reports.

As a whole, much of the cultural resource industry still uses World War II-era army surplus surveying equipment such as plane tables and theodolites to produce field maps and drawings. Many archaeological consultants are content utilizing pull-tapes and graph paper while others are adverse to change altogether. Prairie Archaeology and Research doesn't fall into either camp. We constantly seek out and embrace new methods and tools for surveying, mapping, and producing documentation. As technology becomes more accessible and, importantly, affordable, there's little reason not to obtain the tools that will make a job faster, easier, and more accurate.

Prairie Archaeology & Research understands the importance of being able to accurately locate survey boundaries and plot them in relation to archaeological resources. For example, when an archaeological site is adjacent to, but outside of, a development, it is important that the maps accurately reflect this so that the review process can follow through unhindered. A few feet within the boundaries of an archaeological site can mean the difference between a project getting built or a project getting abandoned.

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