Welcome to the Archaeological Survey

The UB Archaeological Survey is a 36CFR61 qualified not-for-profit research, contracting and applied archaeology institution within the Department of Anthropology. 

The Survey mission is to provide the highest quality CRM services to a diverse range of clients

  • Section 106, Section 110, Section 4(f) and NEPA Compliance

  • Cultural Resource Investigations, including Archaeological Surveys and Architectural Surveys

  • Excavation of Archaeological Sites

  • Historical/Archival Research and Artifact Analysis

  • Cemetery Documentation and Relocation

  • HABS/HAER Historic Structure Reports

  • National Register Eligibility Determinations

  • Public Education, including Presentations, Lectures, and Displays

  • Federal, State, and Tribal Consultation

"A cultural resource investigation is a complicated professional activity that requires the exercise of careful, subjective judgement. Simply obtaining the most inexpensive services, without full consideration of the quality of work offered, may result in poor work, wasted time and money, and possible rejection. For consultants who can provide the necessary services within the established budget range, competition should be on the basis of professional competence, experience and quality proposal." - New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

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Additionally, Archaeological Survey

  • trains CRM professionals in all aspects of field work, lab work, analysis, report writing and project management

  • provides practical, applied experience in a growing industry for graduate and undergraduate students

  • contributes to a growing body of knowledge generated through historic and prehistoric archaeological research

  • involves and informs the general public about how and why we work, and what we learn through archaeological fieldwork and research         

The Survey has been engaged in cultural resource management (CRM) projects in New York State for over 30 years.  CRM is a growing field that involves locating, investigating, preserving and managing cultural resources.  Cultural resources include prehistoric archaeological sites, historic archaeological sites and landscapes, and architecture. 

The Survey is the legacy of Dr. Marian E. White, a distinguished UB archaeology professor who passed away in 1976, and an early proponent of archaeological site preservation and CRM.  Dr. White recognized a need for qualified professional archaeologists with local and regional perspectives to carry out research programs and protect the dwindling and non-renewable archaeological resources of western New York.