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STATEMENT OF QUALIFICATIONS

The Anthropological Studies Center (ASC) has been assisting environmental firms, non-profit organizations, private property owners, and government agency clients with cultural resources issues since 1974. ASC offers a proven team with the ability to undertake a wide range of complex cultural resources management tasks.

The ASC team is notable for the depth of its experience and training, with 13 salaried and hourly employees with M.A. or higher degrees, and 8 Registered Professional Archaeologists with specialties in prehistoric and historical archaeology among the senior staff.

Senior staff members are fully conversant with the requirements for cultural resources identification, evaluation, and mitigation under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA). Since its founding in 1974, ASC has conducted hundreds of cultural resources inventories and evaluations for landowners, developers, and public agencies throughout California.

Read the complete Statement of Qualifications 2014 (1.9 MB PDF)

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STRUCTURE, OBJECTIVES, AND COORDINATION

The Anthropological Studies Center (ASC) is composed of the Cultural Resources Facility (CRF), the David A. Fredrickson Archaeological Collections Facility (ACF), and the Office of Interpretive and Outreach Services (IOS). The functions of these offices include:

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FACILITIES

ASC has nearly 10,000 square feet of well-equipped facilities on the SSU Campus. In addition to administrative and research workspaces, ASC maintains an Archaeological Laboratory for cleaning, sorting, cataloging, and photographing both prehistoric and historic archaeological collections, supported by an extensive library of reference materials. Our computers are continually upgraded with hardware and software for GIS work and GPS data processing, database management, computer-aided drawing and graphics production, data analysis, and document preparation.

The Archaeological Collections Facility is the primary repository for artifact collections and associated documents from the San Francisco Bay Area and northwestern California.

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ASC CAPABILITIES AND SPECIALTIES

ASC regularly undertakes all aspects of cultural resources planning and management as required under CEQA and Section 106, including:

  • Records searches at the California Historical Resources Information Centers
  • Historical documents research
  • Oral history interviews
  • Artifact identification and cataloging, including faunal analysis
  • Preparation of research designs, work plans, evaluation plans, and mitigation plans
  • Property inventory, evaluation, and archaeological data recovery
  • Cultural resource recording using Global Positioning System (GPS) and Total Station equipment
  • Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping and analysis
  • Geoarchaeological analysis, predictive modeling, and testing
  • Construction monitoring
  • Coordination with government officials
  • Consultation with Native American tribes
  • Curation of prehistoric and historic archaeological collections
  • Preparation of interpretive plans, museum exhibits, outreach literature, and websites. top

For a partial list of government clients, click here.

Indigenous Archaeology and Tribal Consultation

ASC has served as an advisor on federal grants for several tribes, including the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria (FIGR), the Kashia Band of Pomo Indians of the Stewart’s Point Rancheria, and Yoche Dehe Wintun Nation. ASC staff members have recently completed collaborative research projects with Caltrans and the Stewart’s Point Rancheria, and a climate-change study in cooperation with FIGR and Point Reyes National Seashore.

For years, ASC has worked under a cooperative agreement with the National Park Service at Point Reyes National Seashore, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Redwoods National Park, and Joshua Tree National Park. Work at Joshua Tree National Park has led to various studies with a focus on indigenous occupation spanning the past 1,500 years.

ASC staff are currently involved in several indigenous archaeological projects, including an excavation and analysis of a substantial indigenous shell midden deposit for the Central Subway Project in San Francisco.

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GIS/GPS Capabilities

ASC maintains an up-to-date suite of electronic surveying equipment consisting of a Trimble Total Station and resource-grade GPS units, including Trimble GeoXH, GeoXT, and Juno handheld receivers. ASC can provide accurate, precise recording of cultural resources, with centimeter accuracy through the use of total stations and meter to sub-foot accuracy through the use of GPS receivers. Staff members have had extensive experience using these technologies during inventory surveys to evaluation and data recovery excavations for prehistoric and historic period sites throughout California.

ASC uses the latest ESRI ArcGIS software for analyzing artifact, feature, site, and regional level spatial data; preparing feature, site, project, and APE maps; developing site-predictive models based on environmental, cultural, geographical, and other variables; georeferencing historic maps to assist in identifying resources and potentially sensitive areas; and for developing cultural resource management databases for resource agencies.