SERVICES / PROJECTS
A collection of federal and state laws and agencies are in place that require the consideration and evaluation of a wide range of Cultural Resource issues. More commonly referred to as “Section 106,” these requirements of the process laws can often seem complicated and confusing. However, the Cultural Resource professionals comprised of Archaeologists and Architectural Historians at Markosky bring their years of experience to develop project planning, conduct work, resolve issues and find solutions.
One of the primary tenets of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the Cultural Resource group understands the significance of developing a balance between new development or proposed improvements to existing infrastructure and the preservation of historic properties. In addition, they understand that these goals can only be accomplished through the participation of individual and group consulting parties required as per such federal guidance as, 36CFR800 and 33CFR325. The group can help in navigating the process and regulations that can be variable from state to state and agency to agency, assist in the development of solutions to your project and perform a wide range of work to meet your needs.
We provide the following Cultural Resource expertise:
Section 106 and Section 110 Expertise
Phase I, II, and III Archaeological Surveys
Historic Structures Surveys
Findings of Eligibility and Effect
Consulting party solicitation and public involvement
Federal Compliance Reports and other Deliverables (i.e., archaeological reports, interpretive panels, historic context development, publications, exhibits, National Register nominations, etc.)
Canoe Creek Bridges Archaeology, Clarion County, PA
SR 0080, Section 365, Clarion County, PA
Markosky completed a cultural resources constraints study and mapping, for both archaeology and historic structures. Through background research, GIS analyses, and field reconnaissance, Markosky identified potential cultural resources to assist project design.
Gilmore to Welsh Hill Road Archaeology, Somerset County, PA
SR 0281, Section 023, Somerset County, PA
Markosky conducted a geophysical survey using ground penetrating radar and electrical resistivity that identified anomalies in a planned road cut adjacent to a historic cemetery. Phase I archaeology then verified these as unmarked grave shafts and also identified a historic site. Markosky assisted the District with project planning and coordination to create a Plan of Action for Phase II. Markosky wrote a Summary Report to expedite SHPO concurrence and move forward grave shaft excavations before construction. A qualified archaeologist then monitored during construction to verify that no human remains were disturbed.
Watts Mill Bridge Historic Structures, Beaver County, PA
SR 4009, Section B01, Beaver County, PA
Markosky developed the project Purpose and Need for this historic Pratt pony truss bridge at PennDOT’s direction. We identified and coordinated with consulting parties to determine whether the structure could be preserved as a pedestrian bridge, and then assessed the potential effects of various project options including preservation in place, the marketing of the historic bridge, or its removal.
SR 3041 Over Short Creek, Washington County, PA
SR 3041, Section A10 Washington County, PA
PennDOT directed Markosky to evaluate not only the National Register eligibility of the adjacent mid-19th century farm, but also the potential for the surrounding properties to constitute an eligible Rural Historic District. In addition, Markosky conducted geomorphological and archaeological investigations along Short Creek. The geomorphological study determined the ages of soils and landforms, while also helping to refine the methods of Phase IB archaeological investigations at a prehistoric archaeological site to expedite the project.