The IPFW Archaeological Survey (IPFW-AS) provided contract services to private businesses and governmental agencies in response to state and federal cultural resources requirements. The Survey conducted 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. The Survey worked with consulting engineers, private developers, small towns and large cities, as well as state and federal agencies on a variety of related projects. They worked closely with their clients and reviewing agencies and understood their need for timely, high quality, economical services.
The IPFW-AS was in continual operation for two decades. Their professional archaeological staff had over 50 years of combined archaeological experience and worked closely with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, DNR-DHPA. Their close working ties with the DHPA provided their office with a unique sensitivity to the needs of both Section 106 and state review applicants, and afforded them great success in helping clients navigate through state and federal cultural resource requirements. In addition, all members of their professional archaeological team exceeded 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 had unparalleled equipment, resources, and experience with geophysical survey techniques that served clients' resource managment needs throughout the Midwest. The laboratory owned and operated a ground penetrating radar (GSSI SIR-3000), two magnetic gradiometers (Bartington 601-2, Geoscan FM-256), and an electrical resistivity meter (Geoscan RM-15). They maintained a constantly updated suite of software packages for rapid and accurate analyses of subsurface topology. For three years (2005-2007), their 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.