Centennial Archaeology assists clients around the globe in balancing the needs of their industries with the stewardship of cultural resources.
Centennial Archaeology was founded in 1984 and for 30 years has successfully conducted archaeological and historical studies throughout the western United States. International projects have been undertaken in Africa, Asia, and South America.
Centennial specializes in the management and supervision of cultural resource projects of any size. Centennial maintains on its professional staff the following demonstrated expertise: archaeological and historical (including architectural) site survey and documentation; archaeological and historic site significance evaluation; lithic and ground stone artifact analysis; ceramic artifact analysis; faunal analysis; historic artifact analysis; spatial analysis of archaeological data (GIS); technical report production including both writing and technical editing; graphics design and production; and electronic site mapping (all phases from data collection to final map production). Specialized consultants are engaged on an as-needed basis to conduct radiocarbon, palynological, macrobotanical, geomorphological, and obsidian sourcing analyses.
In addition, Centennial provides consulting services in support of international social and environmental impact assessments.
Centennial’s clients include environmental consulting firms, architectural-engineering firms, transportation-specialist companies, the federal government (USDA Forest Service, National Park Service, U.S. Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Land Management), state agencies (Colorado Department of Transportation, Colorado Division of Wildlife), water districts, and firms engaged in land exchanges and land development.
Centennial is based in Fort Collins, Colorado where it maintains a 1500-square-foot office/laboratory. The firm has a full range of field, laboratory, and report production equipment, as well as a full library of technical reports and general anthropological/archaeological references. Software capabilities cover GIS and mapping, database, graphics production, GPS and digital photography software support, as well as report publication.
The intensive inventory, commonly referred to as “Class III,” entails a systematic pedestrian survey of the project area, which is known as the Area of Potential Effect.
Evaluative Test Excavation
Test excavation is an extension of certain intensive Class III inventories. Its sole purpose is to facilitate National Register evaluations, and it is carried out in cases where surface evidence alone is insufficient to permit the site evaluation process to go forward.
Mitigative excavation typically targets those portions of a site shown through test excavation to have the greatest data potential. Comprehensive data analysis, artifact cataloguing, and technical report writing follow.