Paleoenvironmental Studies

The Paleoenvironmental Studies Group applies a multidisciplinary integrative approach, combining environmental, cultural, and subsistence data to document the relationships between prehistoric peoples and the landscapes upon which they lived. ACS maintains the only federally permitted private comparative collection of faunal bone in Arizona. This division also is a subcontractor to cultural resource firms throughout the Southwest, including Tierra Right-of-Way Services; URS Corporation; Desert Archaeology; EPG; EcoPlan, Inc.; Northland Research, Inc.; Soil Systems, Inc., SWCA, Inc. Environmental Consultants; Transcon Infrastructure, Inc.; and the Zuni Cultural Resource Enterprise.

ACS Paleoenvironmental Studies Services: 

  • Geomorphology and geoarchaeology
  • Faunal bone and shell analyses
  • Mollusk analysis
  • Bioarchaeology services
  • Macrobotanical analysis
  • Pollen analysis
  • Phytolith analysis
  • Melissopalynology
  • Micromorphology
  • Subsistence and land use syntheses
  • Paleoenvironmental reconstruction
  • Particle-size and other soil analyses
  • Petrographic analysis

Permits

ACS holds a Scientific Collecting Permit from the AGFD (SP735840). ACS also holds a Special Purpose Salvage Permit from the USFWS (MB040606-1).