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College of Arts & Sciences
SC Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology


ARD conductes research in South Carolina and throughout the Southeast.

Applied Research

The Applied Research Division (ARD), established in 1992, provides a wide array of cultural resource management services to federal, state and private agencies throughout the United States on a contract basis.

ARD can conduct cultural resource management studies meeting the requirements of all Federal and State Cultural Resource Management legislation and regulations throughout the United States. Though ARD personnel are available for projects coast to coast, ARD assistance is especially cost-beneficial for projects in the Southeastern United States. ARD has long-term, established research interests and experience in the Southeastern region, and has access to a wealth of regional expertise. The benefits are cost-effective cultural resource management, localized expertise, availability, and extensive experience in the conduct of cultural resource management surveys and other cultural resource needs.

Available Services

Services which ARD is equipped to provide include:

  1. Cultural resource management surveys and assessments, and preparation of detailed cultural resource reports
  2. Historic context/overview statements
  3. Test excavation and evaluation of archaeological resources to determine national register eligibility status
  4. Data recovery of archaeological resources
  5. Integrated Cultural Resources Management Plans
  6. Preparation of artifacts for long-term curation by stabilization and creation of data-base inventories

Recent ARD contracts have included historic research, data recovery and test excavations for the South Carolina Army National Guard (SCARNG) at the McCrady Training Facility and for Fort Jackson. ARD staff have prepared ICRMP for SCARNG and historic context syntheses for Fort Polk, Louisiana and Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.

Historic research has included background research and GIS mapping of historic battlegrounds in South Carolina, North Carolina and Tennessee and African American military history at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, Fort Huachuca, Arizona and Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Other small scale excavations have included archaeological exploration of an African American town site in Columbia.