Phase II

Archaeological Evaluation

Once an archaeological site or sites has been found within a planned project area, the next step is to determine if these sites are eligible to the National Register of Historic Places. Established as part of the National Historic Preservation Act, this register has a series of criteria a site must meet to be eligible for listing. This not only requires additional archaeological fieldwork, multiple discussions with clients, regulators, and stakeholders, but also a solid understanding of what archaeological examples already exist (or don’t exist) in Minnesota and the Upper Midwest, as well as knowing the right language to successful communicate results to a wide audience. Eligibility does not just mean having a unique or interesting site, it also means documenting its ability to enrich our collective understanding of the past and the willingness to dedicate additional time and effort to its preservation and interpretation – for the benefit of all concerned.

NCC has worked on a variety of complex Phase II Archaeological Evaluations over the past several years. Although, we are fully capable of completing archaeological evaluations of prehistoric and historic sites equally throughout the Upper Midwest; we often focus our attention on historic and industrial projects, as our talented team shines within these areas of archaeological expertise.

Here is a short list of recent examples:

  • Additional Archaeological Identification and Evaluation for the Upper Post Flats Development at 21HE99, Fort Snelling Upper Post, Hennepin County, Minnesota
  • Archaeological Identification and Evaluation of Potential Cultural Resources, Heritage Landing Parking Ramp, Federal Reserve Bank, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Additional Material Culture Analysis, 21TR86 Historic School District #44 School House, Taylor Township, Traverse County, Minnesota
  • Archaeological Excavation near Buildings 17 and 18 21HE199, Historic Fort Snelling, Hennepin County, Minnesota
  • Archaeological Evaluation for the MNHS Revitalization Project at 21HE99, Historic Fort Snelling, Hennepin County, Minnesota