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In the event of emergency situations, the conduct of a literature review prior to fieldwork may be waived.
The consultant must still conduct the literature review after completion of fieldwork.
These include Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), as amended, and its implementing regulations, 36 CFR 800: "Protection of Historic Properties", the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, The Archaeological and Historic Preservation Act of 1974, and West Virginia State Code 29-1-8, and its implementing regulations, Title 82, Series 2: “Standards and Procedures for Administering State Historic Preservation Programs”.
The WVSHPO reviews projects to determine what effects, if any, they may have upon significant cultural resources as outlined within Federal and State laws and regulations.
Consultants must contact the Survey Archaeologist and/or National Register Survey Coordinator at least 48 hours before scheduling a file search.
This is necessary to ensure that appropriate WVSHPO staff are available to assist consultants.
Section 106 and Cultural Resource Investigations Pg. If there is a moderate or high probability that archaeological sites may be found within a defined APE, then an archaeological investigation is recommended.
All archaeological investigations must be conducted under the supervision of an archaeologist who meets the above qualifications. Archaeological Site File Searches As of August 1, 1996, all consultants conducting archaeological investigations in review and compliance-related cultural resource inventory projects must conduct a literature review and site file search prior to initiating fieldwork.In accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding between the West Virginia SHPO and the United States Forest Service - Monongahela National Forest, all consultants requesting information concerning archaeological sites on the National Forest property must contact the Forest Service Archaeologist in Elkins, West Virginia at 304/636-1800.This information will not be made available by the WVSHPO. Also included are current state guidelines for conducting independent archaeological research and excavations. Included in these guidelines are professional qualifications for principal investigators, a guide for conducting literature reviews and site-file searches, current curation regulations, and provisions for encountering human skeletal remains.