Austin archeology surveys result in the documentation of historic and prehistoric sites Travis, Williamson, Hays, Bastrop, Caldwell, Comal, Guadalupe, and Bexar Counties. Archeological investigations will determine what archeological resources are present within a given area and determine their significance and status. Resources appear as objects, structures or features greater than 50 years of age.
Austin archeology surveys are an essential project development element. As such, archeologysurveys in Austin TX must adhere to specified standards and guidelines outlined by the Council of Texas Archeologists (CTA) updated in 2020.
Professional qualifications are required to conduct archeology surveys in Austin TX. In the state of Texas, all archeological investigations require oversight by the lead archeologist. This person, referred to as Principal Investigator, meets standards determined by the U.S. Secretary of Interior’s professional qualifications, as well as by the Texas Antiquities Code.
Prior to field investigation of the area, background research is conducted by a qualified archeologist. This includes research of archeological sites and soils databases. During this first phase of work, aerial photos and historic map review can further identify notable, historic features of the area. This non-invasive investigation method avoids disturbing the site.
Pedestrian survey, including surface inspection and shovel testing, provides greater information about archeological sites including buried deposits and cultural materials on the surface. Other methods, such as mechanically augmented archeological survey, may be explored for areas with deeper deposits or good access for machinery.
Found materials at least 50 years of age may indicate the presence of a site or may be an isolated find. These materials are recorded for quality, quantity, and location as part of the site documentation process. Depending on which lead permitting agency has jurisdiction on the project, artifacts may be collected. When not collected, the recovered objects are photographed in the field and left where found.
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