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Established in 1983, HRC is the oldest accredited archaeological consulting firm based in West Virginia, and is a charter member of the American Cultural Resource Association (ACRA).

Project Profiles

Our company has completed more than 500 projects in various states, coordinating projects with:

  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • Army Corps of Engineers
  • Department of Environmental Protection
  • Housing and Urban Development
  • Public Service Districts
  • Economic and Development Authority
  • Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
  • Federally Recognized Native American Tribes
  • State Historic Preservation Offices

State of West Virginia Regional Jail Authority
Merritt Family Cemetery Relocation Project
Proposed Western Regional Jail Facility

Client: State of West Virginia
Status: Phase II Excavation and Report Completed and accepted by the SHPO
Location: Cabell County, West Virginia
Phase III Mitigation Completed

The Phase II survey was conducted in 5 known site areas to determine eligibility for the National Register of Historic Places. The survey determined the areas to have been previously disturbed by plowing and discing. Based on these results, it was recommended that the areas be cleared for construction.

The cemetery removal and relocation project area was approximately 1 acre with 25 marked burials. Upon excavation of marked units, 28 unmarked burials were discovered and also excavated. Techniques used in the excavation included the use of gradiometer and ground penetration radar. Prehistoric components were assessed to be non-significant and not eligible for the National Register.

Cemetery removal has been complete and the project area cleared for construction. Reinterment of the historic graves is pending completion of the landscaping of the new cemetery.


U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Bluestone Dam Safety Assurance Program

Client: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Location: Fayette, Raleigh, Kanawha, Putnam, Mason, and Lincoln Counties
Status: Phase IA Survey Complete
Environmental Impact Statement

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE), Huntington district, proposes to modify the Bluestone Dam, located in Hinton, West Virginia, so that it will safely accommodate the probable maximum flood stage. Three alternatives are under consideration. An environmental impact statement is being written to assess the effect of each alternative. This Phase IA cultural resource investigation was conducted to determine baseline conditions for the study area.

Materials researched for this review include the archeological and historic site files at the West Virginia Division of Culture and History (WVDCH), and the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (VDHR). Additionally, the COE database of archeological sites from the Bluestone review was reviewed.

Further archeological investigations are required to make an appropriate determination of the full impact of the survey area.

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