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Archaeological Resource ServiceArchaeological Resource Service was begun by Dr. Thomas Fulling King in 1972. The company has been conducting cultural resource evaluations under the present management of Katherine S. Flynn (M.A.) and William G. Roop (M.A.) since 1974. The firm has completed several thousand consultations in the State of California. These projects have included all aspects of cultural resource management. Soils evaluation is conducted by Jeff Parsons, a recognized expert in the recognition and interpretation of cultural soils.

The extensive regional experience of Archaeological Resource Service has given us the technical expertise to provide quick and accurate service to all clients. We maintain and continually update our database so that we can accurately assess:

  • The distribution of cultural resources within any specific property;
  • The composition and integrity of discovered cultural resources;
  • The eligibility of specific cultural resources to the National Register of Historic Places or other local, county or state registers listing historic landmarks or sites;
  • The most appropriate measures to avoid or mitigate potential impacts to cultural resources.

Since 1973 Archaeological Resource Service has provided input on municipal and county general plan elements, assessments of archaeological sensitivity, cultural resource assessment, and general consultation on regional modeling of cultural resource distribution and function.

The Archaeological Resource Service library contains numerous documents pertaining to soils, hydrology, geology, geomorphology, and natural history as well as historic topographic and geodetic survey maps which can be utilized in order to understand the distribution and function of cultural resources in their environmental context. While our particular geographic specialization centers around the greater San Francisco Bay region, related to the firm's geographic location in the North Bay area, the collection also includes pertinent natural historical and socio-cultural data on central and southern California, Baja California, the Pacific Northwest, the Great Basin, and the Plains.

Archaeological Resource Service Archaeological Resource Service maintains an extensive inventory of field and laboratory equipment to handle a variety of field circumstances. The firm pioneered the definition of site boundaries using hand augers and designed specialized field survey, excavation, construction monitoring, and data recordation techniques to deal with the various kinds of cultural resources that may be found during the development process.

Archaeological Resource Service maintains its own laboratory facilities where the analysis of the bulk of material recovered from survey and testing takes place. Laboratory technicians, graphic artists, and photographers assist in the analysis of recovered artifacts. We maintain a conservation laboratory where materials such as animal bones as well as metal or glass are cleaned, reconstructed, classified, and preserved for comparative purposes or museum display. We also assist private and public clients in arranging temporary or permanent storage facilities for analyzed collections. We also assist museums and tribes in complying with the provisions of the federal Native America Grave Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) in regards the proper treatment and disposition of human skeletal remains that may be held in the museums’ possession.

California Archaeological siteRecords are currently maintained for the following 18 counties in northern California:

Alameda, Colusa, Contra Costa, Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Monterey, Napa, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, and Yolo.

Professional Certification

William G. Roop is a registered professional archaeologist with ROPA
William G. Roop and Katherine S. Flynn are listed on the Referral List for Historical Resources Consultants maintained by the California Historical Resource Information System.

Professional Memberships and Supported Organizations

Both of the Archaeological Resource Service principals, Katherine Flynn and William Roop, were listed in the latest DIRECTORY OF CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL ARCHEOLOGISTS, published by The Society of Professional Archeologists. This listing has been replaced by the Registry of Professional Archaeologists. William Roop is currently listed in the Register of Professional Archaeologists (ID number 15428).

Other supported organizations include the following:

Society for California Archaeology Pacific Coast Archaeological Society
Chinese Historical Society of America Society for American Archaeology
Chinese Historical and Cultural Group Sonoma County Museum Association
Society for Historical Archaeology Lassen County Historical Society
California Council for the Promotion of History Novato History Guild
San Jose Historical Museum Association California Native Plant Society
San Luis Obispo Co. Archaeological Society California Historical Society
Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum Association Sonoma County Alliance
American Society of Conservation Archaeologists Sonoma Land Trust
Napa County Historical Society  

Archaeological Resource Service
613 Martin Avenue, Suite 101 Rohnert Park, California 94928
Phone: (707) 586-2577 Fax: (707) 586-2580
Email: info@digsmart.com

Copyright 2003-2017 Archaeological Resource Service
The information provided herein is for general background purposes only and is not intended as a definitive statement of either the presence or absence of archaeological deposits on any particular property or the handling thereof.  It is not a substitute for professional investigation and advice and should not be relied upon as such.

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