The solution to all of your archaeological and
historic properties questions in California
PastFinder is a unique product of Archaeological Resource
Services targeted at the needs of planning departments and
governmental agencies. PastFinder
references all of the recorded archaeological sites and all archaeological
reports on file with the State of California, and other sources, within
its coverage area. PastFinder can also include reference to all
registered historic sites, National Register properties, California
Historic Landmarks, local registers, or other historic properties
recognized by the contracting agency. This information is generally not
included in the basic package
Implementation of PastFinder requires a comprehensive literature
search for each of the information categories included in the program. On
completion of this process, all of the information is tied to individual
parcel numbers and used to construct data layers (themes) for ArcView
PastFinder goes beyond mere regurgitation of previously gathered
data. Archaeological coverage is compared to several environmental
factors, and the results used to classify each parcel in the community.
The archaeological sensitivity of a parcel depends on several factors.
These include the presence or absence of archaeological sites, previous
evaluations of the area, and the relation of the parcel and several
environmental factors. Eight levels of archaeological sensitivity are
recognized by the program.
PastFinder will allow planners and other staff to answer
questions regarding the archaeological requirements of CEQA in a few
moments. When an applicant arrives at the planning desk, for example,
the planner can enter the Assessorís Parcel Number at a data terminal and
generate an immediate report that summarizes the information available,
and the level of concern for archaeological resources.
PastFinder removes all concern over delays in responding to
applicantís questions. It will no longer be necessary to consult
outside agencies (for a fee) each time a determination of archaeological
sensitivity is needed. A small investment in PastFinder will both
improve your departmental responsiveness and help you meet tight budget
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