If you are developing a site for residential or commercial use, there are a number of factors you have to keep in mind before you break ground on your building project. In some cases, in addition to consulting with surveyors, soil analysts and others, you may also want to consult with an archeologist. Here are some signs that you should contact one of these professionals:
1. You are worried about compliance issues.
If your building is going up in a historical district or another area of archaeological importance, your project may need to be compliant with certain location regulations or edicts from the historical society. Paying attention to all of these issues when you are already trying to juggle building codes, worker standards and other issues can be difficult.
However, if you hire an archaeologist as a consultant, they understand local laws and regulations. They can ensure that you have the right permits and permissions in place to help avoid trouble.
2. You want to be sensitive to the potential of Aboriginal artifacts in your area.
If you think that the plot of land you are developing may have Aboriginal artifacts in it, you may want to tread forward cautiously and ensure that you are being respectful. Archaeologists can advise you on all of these regards. They can ensure that your plans are compatible with the cultural trends or needs in the local area. They can also help you excavate to find artifacts and carefully remove them before you start building.
3. You want to create a structure that resonates with the history of the area.
If you want to create a building that resonates with the historical features of the area, you also want to consult an archaeologist about that. Whether you want to honour elements of primitive structures, mimic historic sites or create some other type of effect, archaeologists have access to the base of information you need. They can provide you with cultural facts, historical drawings, and related information. You can use this information to inform how you create your structure as well as the landscaping around it.
4. You want your building to be environmentally friendly.
Finally, if you want your structure to be environmentally friendly, many archaeologists can also help with that. In addition to understanding the prehistoric history of an area, they also understand what's going on in the soil, and they can help you plan for issues such as facilitating water run off or using local resources advantageously.