Field Inspections

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 construction.

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 a PDF copy of the final report (suitable to provide to the planning agency).  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, select the “CEQA Law” button from the “Services” drop down menu above.