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Archaeology & Cultural Resources

Coastal Environments, Inc., is a leader in archaeological investigations along the Gulf Coast andadjoining regions, performing in-depth research into the archaeology and history of the Deep Southfor more than four decades. Archaeologists and historic structure specialists from our firm haveworked throughout much of the Southeast, producing reports on sites ranging from prehistoricoccupations in central Texas to historic bridges on the Atlantic coast of Florida, as far north asMissouri and as far south as the mouth of the Rio Grande. We offer a full range of cultural resourcesinvestigations, including: historic overviews; reconnaissance surveys; Phase I archaeologicalsurveys; standing structures surveys; Phase II National Register testing; HABS/HAER recordationof historic buildings; collections analysis and processing; and Phase III data-recovery mitigationMuch of our research has been focused in the Lower Mississippi River Valley and the Gulf Coastal Plain.


Investigations conducted by the Cultural Resources division of Coastal Environments, Inc., have helped both government agencies and private-sector clients meet the requirements of Sections 106 and 110 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) (including Section 4f compliance) since 1972. Our clients have included Federal agencies (including the Environmental Protection Agency, the Minerals Management Service [now the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management], the National Park Service, Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Coast Guard, and six districts of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers—New Orleans, Galveston, Vicksburg, Jacksonville, Memphis, and Little Rock), State agencies (Louisiana DOTD, TxDOT, Mississippi DOT, Louisiana Division of Archaeology, Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Texas Historical Commission, and others), local governments (city, and county/parish), private firms of varying sizes, developers, and private non-profit organizations. The firm emphasizes a multi-disciplinary approach in conducting these types of studies and utilizes the expertise of archaeologists, historians, anthropologists, bioarchaeologists, ethnobotanists, cartographers, geographers, geologists, biologists, architects, and other natural and social scientists.