Archaeological Consultants Inc. is a pioneer of predictive modeling, implementing the first recognized application of soil types to systematically locate and assess cultural resources in the State of Florida.
For over 30 years, ACI has led the state innovating site location strategies. As pioneers in the use of georeferenced data and modeling, we were one of the first to transition from the use of topographic paper maps and aerials to GIS/GPS applications in daily field operations. The cartographic technological innovations of the last 15 years have allowed ACI to produce high quality data reports for its clients that meet the highest standards of the Secretary of the Interior and State. We are growing our use of Archaeometry, the application of scientific methods and technology to archaeological study.
Through the implementation of georeferenced predictive models, Archaeological Consultants deploys a technologically prepared staff that can return data immediately to accommodate potential client needs. Field staff is equipped with high accuracy receivers that utilize the most recent mobile hardware and connectivity. As a member organization to ESRI ArcGIS Online and Enterprise, ACI can deploy quality historic imaging, KML, LiDAR, and shapefile information to provide clients comprehensive cultural resource assessments and historic inventory analysis.
Archaeological Consultants can coordinate high-definition Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) surveys to address unforeseeable on-site issues such as the discovery of a cemetery or isolated human remains. ACI is also in the forefront of utilizing LiDAR to analyze projects areas for a variety of features, from cemeteries, mounds, wetlands, and land contours that have long been blunted by agriculture. ACI has the technological readiness and years of expertise to solve any potential NAGPRA, Section 106, or fortuitous finds issue a client may encounter.
Geographic Information System (GIS) is designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage, and present spatial or geographic data. GIS applications are tools that allow users to create interactive queries, analyze spatial information, edit data in maps, and present the results of all these operations.
ACI utilizes Geographic Information System (GIS) services to support archaeological and architectural surveys by integrating analyses and geographic data. Aerial photographs, soil, and topographic maps, and LiDAR and remote sensing imagery provide the geographically distributed information needed to assess the probability of cultural resources in a project area.
This assists Archaeological Consultants, Inc. in developing predictive models, that take into account variables such as proximity to water, slope, elevation, and drainage to assess the likelihood of encountering sites within a project area. As a result, ACI can bring together the GIS data and models developed by various county and local entities to develop the plan that best suits our clients’ needs and fulfills government, or due diligence, requirements.
ACI employs Trimble, Juno, and Arc Collector platforms in data collection allowing for submeter accuracy in data collection and versatility in deployment depending on project size, project needs, and field conditions. These platforms allow for concurrent data collection enabling the field crews and project managers to communicate about findings and strategize methodologies in real-time.
Our crew leads and GIS specialists are versed in Arc GIS and have transitioned to Arc Pro to develop visual representations of our results and findings.