Cultural Resources

Our cultural resources specialists are leaders in archaeology, historic preservation, and architectural history. AKRF has completed some of the most complex cultural resources studies in and around New York City and the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. Services include regulatory review; historical research; archaeological investigations; historic resources survey and documentation; preservation planning; and construction monitoring and protection.

Our architectural historians have surveyed and documented thousands of buildings, sites, and structures for resiliency planning and urban redevelopment initiatives, transportation enhancement programs, and individual buildings for which owners are pursuing federal historic preservation tax incentives, easements, and National Register listing. We also provide design and preservation planning guidance to our clients to allow for viable development to proceed in consideration of significant historic sites, buildings, and contexts.

Our archaeologists perform the full range of archaeological services from sensitivity assessments, field testing, and data recovery excavations and monitoring during construction to artifact processing and analysis and the development and implementation of mitigation plans. Experience with complex and sensitive sites, including burial grounds, is a specialty of the firm.

We have close working relationships with state and local preservation agencies and organizations, and specialize in assessments pursuant to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, Section 14.09 of the New York State Historic Preservation Act, and local landmarks laws.

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Our Services

  • Archaeological investigations (Phase 1A, Phase 1B, Phase 2, Phase 3, and monitoring)
  • Artifact processing, lab analysis, and curation plans
  • Unanticipated Discoveries Plans
  • Historical research
  • Historic resources surveys
  • Regulatory review and coordination including NHPA Section 106 and NYSHPA Section 14.09 compliance
  • Preservation planning and public outreach
  • Historic resource construction protection plans and monitoring
  • Historic resources alternatives analyses and feasibility studies
  • NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission permit applications
  • Interpretive signage, educational displays, and lesson plans
  • Documentation (National Register nominations, Cultural Landscape Reports, Federal Historic Preservation Tax Credits, and HABS/HAER)
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