Site Evaluations for Archaeological or Historic Resources
When Required

State law requires field inspections of project areas for cultural resources anytime an
application is made for a "discretionary" permit (a permit in which the planning
agency has the discretion to grant or deny the activity).

Discretionary permits include such activities as grading, lot splits, subdivisions, and

What is Involved

An Archaeological Research site evaluation includes a review of existing
archaeological records housed at the California Historical Resource Inventory office
as well as an on-foot inspection of the project area (including any equipment or
material staging areas).  This work is completed by an archaeologist qualified in both
historic and prehistoric resource identification.

A report is prepared that describes the project area, the results of the background
record review, and any historic or prehistoric cultural resources that were identified.

If resources were identified, the report includes an evaluation of the significance of
the resources and suggests alternatives that will protect those resources while
allowing the project to proceed.

Final Product

The client receives 4 copies of the final report (three for the planning agency and one
for personal files).  In addition, a copy is sent to the California Historical Resource
Inventory office so the state files can be updated.  All reports follow the State Office
of Historic Preservation guidelines for Archaeological Resource Management Reports
(State of California 1990).

For more information concerning the legal requirements, click "CEQA Law" button.
Site maintained as a public service by Archaeological Research, PO Box 1353, Lucerne, CA 95458.
Site Evaluations
NA Resources
History and Prehistory of Lake County
and Beyond