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Cultural Resources is responsible for ensuring that FHWA/INDOT is in compliance with historic preservation laws and regulations - most notably Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and Section 4 (f) of the Department of Transportation Act. Cultural Resources conducts archaeological and historical investigations, reviews of consultant prepared cultural resource reports, Section 106 guidance, state historic preservation policy and review, and provides assistance with accidental discoveries of cultural resources during construction. It has strong partnerships with state and federal resource agencies, the State Historic Preservation Officer, and historic preservation organizations, ensuring that the project compliance process runs efficiently and on schedule.
Within the Cultural Resources are two Units: The Archaeology and History Units. The Archaeology Unit consists of three archaeologists, and the History Unit consists of four architectural historians. Both units coordinate to process Section 106 documents, review cultural resources reports, and document cultural resources through research, fieldwork, and laboratory analysis.
IN SCOPE is the online portal for INDOT’s Section 106 documents. All Section 106 documents prepared by INDOT’s Cultural Resources Office after August 2013 will be posted to IN SCOPE for agency, consulting party and public viewing.
In an effort to reduce time and save paper, the IN-DNR Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology has developed an Archaeological Short Report form. Use of this state form is mandatory for archaeological records checks and reports of Phase 1a Reconnaissance, provided that no previously recorded sites are present and that no new sites are found. When an archaeological site (including isolated finds) is encountered, a full written report following guidance provided in the Current Guidebook for Indiana Historic Sites and Structures Inventory—Archaeological Sites and the Indiana Cultural Resources Manual will still need to be submitted. For projects being conducted under IC 14-21-and 312 IAC 21-3-8 (e) regarding an archaeological records check or literature search. The short report should be submitted the same way one would submit an archaeological records check or Phase 1a Reconnaissance report.
When using the Archaeological Short Report format please note that all fields must be completed. Handwritten, incomplete, and/or inaccurate forms will be returned to the submitter without comment. Additionally, upon review, the form may also be returned to the submitter with the request that a full written report be provided.
Senior Environmental Manager-Cultural Resources
Indiana Department of Transportation
100 N. Senate Ave. IGCN 642
Indianapolis, IN 46204