Transect provides various sources for archaeological and historic data
Cultural Data in the Reports
Publicly available information from the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) like historic districts, cemeteries, buildings, and other historic sites are available in the Transect Report IF they are present within the AOI. The locations of these resources can be viewed in the Locations tab under the applicable regulation (often, Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act) in Other Regulations.
Cultural Regulation and Permits
For many common project scenarios, like projects that are entirely private action on private property, consideration of the effects to cultural resources is not required. For other kinds of projects, like where there are impacts to federal waters or public land is involved, it is required. But you don't have to keep it straight, we'll do that for you: every Transect Report tells you when cultural regulations and permits are required.
SHPO Site Data: SHPO Records Search using the Transect Marketplace
For projects where cultural regulations are triggered, specific site data can be helpful (IF the area has been previously surveyed). State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPOs) hold cultural site data as confidential, never disseminating it in a broad capacity, and only allowing those with certain archaeological credentials to access it. The purpose of the data confidentiality is to protect these very sensitive sites from looting and intentional disturbance.
For projects trying to avoid impacts to cultural sites, we know that known site information provides important context. Therefore, we have teamed with respected archaeological companies to help us access cultural site information for our users. In our Marketplace, we offer a SHPO Records Search on an as-needed, per report report basis. The services includes a search of the confidential SHPO database for number of sites/avoidance areas, a simple summary, percent previously surveyed, and site potential (high, medium, low).
At this time we offer this service in much of the central and eastern U.S., and we are actively widening the geographic scope of cultural service offerings.
The marketplace was introduced to Transect subscribers in January 2021. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or use the chat function to learn more about Additional Services available in the marketplace or learn more here.