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Established in 1983, HRC is the oldest accredited archaeological consulting firm based in West Virginia, and is a charter member of the American Cultural Resource Association (ACRA).

Our Services

We at Horizon Research Consultants, Inc. have performed numerous studies that encompass almost every aspect of cultural resource management. The services that we provide range primarily from archeological field surveys and investigation for Phase I, II and III projects to anthropological research on organizational culture and educational research. Because anthropology is a holistic discipline the combination of anthropological research and archeological investigation is not unusual from the anthropological perspective.

Specific Services

HRC provides Advisory Services for Section 106 requirements, including site mapping, excavation, computerized statistical analysis, and predicative modeling to ensure time and cost effective archaeological studies.

Preservation is a key element in HRC’s commitment to cultural resources. As our country has grown we have witnessed growth and development in urban, suburban and rural areas. The process of responsible cultural resource management is complex and requires specialized knowledge in various areas. Discovery (identification and survey), recording, analysis and evaluation, public education and involvement, all play a part in the recommendations and conclusions that HRC provides to their clients.

To ensure this commitment to both our client and the cultural resources, HRC provides archaeological and historic inventory surveys for any size project area. These include:

  1. Phase I surveys to locate and identify significant archaeological sites
  2. Phase II investigations to evaluate known and newly identified sites for their potential to be included in the National Register of Historic Places
  3. Phase III evaluations, to mitigate adverse effects to significant sites, either through preservation in place or excavation
  4. Historic and Prehistoric literature searches, deed searches, National Register Nominations, HABS/HAER documentation
  5. Modeling, utilizing Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and Geophysical survey using the latest technology to identify archaeological sites with non-destructive methods

HRC has helped gas and oil companies, coal companies, cell tower developers, city planners, architectural and engineering firms comply with Section 106. The Federal agencies that may be involved in the permitting process may include:

  1. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
  2. Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
  3. Army Corps of Engineering (CORPS)
  4. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  5. Land Managing Agencies –Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Forest Service (FS)
  6. Agencies with Grant Programs (DOE)
  7. United States Department Of Transportation
  8. Pipeline And Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)

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