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Telecommunications Tower Archaeological Survey


St. Louis County
Minnesota

Edge Consulting provided the archaeological survey and cultural resource compliance documentation for this proposed raw-land telecommunications tower located in northern Minnesota. Because telecommunications towers are regulated by the FCC, federal law required Section 106 review of this construction project including submission to the Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) for project comment. The project included both an archaeological literature review and field survey of all areas of proposed ground disturbance. During the survey, a pair of stone circle features were encountered in the project area. Although apparently man-made, the historic function of these features is unknown. In order to both preserve these archaeological features and avoid project delays and costly additional archaeological review, the construction plans were slightly modified to avoid any direct impacts to the stone features. This resolution provided the best balance between development goals and historic preservation.

Services provided: archaeological survey, NEPA compliance documentation, visual assessment, geotechnical report, wetland delineation, site survey and construction drawings.


 


Telecommunications Tower Archaeological Survey


Milwaukee County
Wisconsin

Edge Consulting provided the archaeological survey and cultural resource compliance documentation for this proposed raw-land telecommunications tower located in southeastern Wisconsin. Because telecommunications towers are regulated by the FCC, federal law required Section 106 review of this construction project including submission to the Wisconsin State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) for project comment. This project included both an archaeological literature review and field survey of all areas of proposed ground disturbance. During the survey, a number of prehistoric Native American artifacts were encountered in the location of the proposed tower compound. Consultation between Edge Consulting Engineers, Native American tribes, and the SHPO resulted in revising the construction plans to relocate the tower elsewhere on the same property safely outside the defined archaeological zone. This resolution provided the best balance between historic preservation, development goals, and prevented expensive additional archaeological assessment in the original proposed tower location.

Services provided: archaeological survey, NEPA compliance documentation, visual assessment, geotechnical report, wetland delineation, site survey and construction drawings.