Celebrate 50 Years
Archaeological Survey

Presented the Award for Outstanding Archaeology Project in 2011 by the Indiana DHPA

Cultural Resources Management

The IPFW Archaeological Survey (IPFW-AS) provides contract services to private businesses and governmental agencies in response to state and federal cultural resources requirements.  The Survey conducts all phases of cultural resource management in accordance with state and federal requirements in Indiana and all surrounding states, including literature reviews, field reconnaissance, subsurface reconnaissance, geophysical prospection, intensive assessment and data recovery projects.  We work with consulting engineers, private developers, small towns and large cities, as well as state and federal agencies on a variety of  related projects.   We work closely with our clients and reviewing agencies and understand their need for timely, high quality, economical services. 

Field Crew at Work

The IPFW-AS has been in continual operation for two decades. Our professional archaeological staff has over 50 years of combined archaeological experience and works closely with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, DNR-DHPA. Our close working ties with the DHPA provides our office with a unique sensitivity to the needs of both Section 106 and state review applicants, and has afforded us great success in helping our clients navigate through state and federal cultural resource requirements.  In addition, all members of our professional archaeological team exceed the minimum standard requirements for listing as a qualified professional archaeologist as outlined in 36 CFR Part 800, IC 14-21-1-26, and 312 IAC 21.

The IPFW-AS has unparalleled equipment, resources, and experience with geophysical survey techniques that can serve our clients' resource managment needs throughout the Midwest. Our laboratory owns and operates a ground penetrating radar (GSSI SIR-3000), two magnetic gradiometers (Bartington 601-2, Geoscan FM-256), and an electrical resistivity meter (Geoscan RM-15). We maintain a constantly updated suite of software packages for rapid and accurate analyses of subsurface topology. For three years (2005-2007), our highly skilled staff ran a National Science Foundation funded research school focused on training college students with these instruments. When appropriate, geophysical surveys can save substantial amounts of time and labor during all phases of  archaeological investigation.